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Paranormal Activity 3 (2011)

  • Rate: 6.1/10 total 26,668 votes 
  • Genre: Horror
  • Release Date: 21 October 2011 (USA)
  • Runtime: 83 min | 94 min (unrated director's cut)
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Paranormal Activity 3 (2011)


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  • IMDb page: Paranormal Activity 3 (2011)
  • Rate: 6.1/10 total 26,668 votes 
  • Genre: Horror
  • Release Date: 21 October 2011 (USA)
  • Runtime: 83 min | 94 min (unrated director's cut)
  • Filming Location: California, USA
  • Budget: $5,000,000(estimated)
  • Gross: $104,007,828(USA)(1 January 2012)
  • Stars: Chloe Csengery, Jessica Tyler Brown and Christopher Nicholas Smith
  • Soundtrack: Who Do You Love
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital | SDDS | DTS
  • Plot Keyword: Earthquake | Prequel | Nonlinear Timeline | Prequel And Sequel | Grandmother's House

Writing Credits By:

  • Christopher Landon (written by)
  • Oren Peli (film "Paranormal Activity")

Known Trivia

  • Towards the beginning of the film, Julie takes a picture of young Kristi standing in the driveway shortly before a group picture is taken. The photo being taken appears in both Paranormal Activity and Paranormal Activity 2 as an indication that the demon has started haunting them.
  • Mark Fredrichs previous played the Psychic in the first Paranormal Activity, which took place nearly two decades after the events in this film.
  • Most of the scenes in the trailers are not in the actual movie which angered many fans of the series.
  • As with Paranormal Activity and Paranormal Activity 2, Paramount Studios once again utilized paranormal investigator/researcher, Christopher Chacon, who is recognized as one of the world’s foremost authorities on paranormal phenomena, to internationally promote and publicize this third installment. Chacon also works in the entertainment industry as a writer, director and producer.
  • The symbols that appear behind the pictures in Grandma Lois’s house are simplified versions of the Pentagram of Solomon (inverted) and the Triangle of Solomon, symbols depicted in the “Lesser Key of Solomon” and used to summon and constrain demons in classical Goethic Theurgy.
  • In the static at the end of the movie, there is a frame that shows Dennis’ and Julie’s bed on fire. This is presumably the start of the house fire that is referred to in both Paranormal Activity and Paranormal Activity 2.

Goofs: Miscellaneous: The 1980s video equipment room has a road case for modern electronic equipment. One is a CDJ (Compact Disc Jockey) road case. Portable professional CDJ equipment did not exist until the mid-to-late 90s.

Plot: In 1988, young sisters Katie and Kristi befriend an invisible entity who resides in their home.  »

Story: In 1988, young sisters Katie and Kristi befriend an invisible entity who resides in their home.


Synopsis: A video images shows a pregnant Kristi (Sprague Grayden) and Daniel (Billy Boland) are painting their nursery in anticipation of the arrival of their first son, Hunter. Kristi’s sister, Katie (Katie Featherston), arrives to congratulate them and asks if she can drop off a few boxes she was left by their grandmother when she passed away. She leaves them boxes full of VHS tapes that were filmed when they were children. As she leaves, Daniel teases her about her relationship with her boyfriend Micah since they are moving in together.

One Year Later.

The house is a mess and Daniel is trying to document all the damage and any items that might have been stolen and goes down into the basement. While in the basement, the only thing he notices to be missing is the box of tapes that Katie left them.

On a videotape image, it’s Katie’s birthday, and there’s a party. The year is 1988 as identified by the caption on the video image. Dennis (Christopher Nicholas Smith), the camera man, is a wedding videographer and has been dating Katie and Kristi’s mother, Julie (Lauren Bittner), for the last few months. He records Kristi talking to herself by a little soccer net that they have set up, and he asks Julie to bring her over so that they can sing happy birthday to Katie. Kristi continues talking to her imaginary friend, "Toby" despite the insistence of her mother to play with the other children. Dennis films a video entry from each family member. Julie shows off Katie’s cake while Julie’s mother tells Katie that when she was born she laughed and cried. Dennis films himself thanking Katie for being so welcoming and despite the fact that he isn’t her father, he loves her very much.

That night, Julie rolls a joint and Dennis decides it will be fun to record it. Despite the fact she wants to keep her kids from seeing it, Dennis convinces her to let him keep the camera on. Eventually, he convinces her that they should make a sex tape. However, at that moment an earthquake occurs and the couple runs to find the girls. Dust falls around the bedroom and outlines around the shape of something in front of the bed. It is there for a minute before the dust collapses. The outline gone.

The next morning, Dennis is going over the footage and asks Julie to confirm what he’s just seen. She asks him to delete the video, but he tells her that he needs to document this because hes certain that something was there. He recruits his friend Randy, a tech expert, to help him set up cameras around the house to catch whatever is happening.

It’s Picture day. Kristi and Katie get all dressed up while Julie and Dennis take pictures. Once Julie takes the kids off to get their photographs taken, Dennis is alone in the house and hears a noise. He follows it around and ends up in the girls bedroom where a small robotic bear has fallen down. He notices that a small crawl space/cupboard has been opened and looks inside. It’s empty aside from a few of Kristi’s things, but when he turns around Kristi is standing right behind him. He’s shocked that she was able to sneak up on him like that and jokes around a bit.

That night, Dennis sets up a camera in both bedrooms to catch some activity. Kristi wakes up in the middle of the night and walks towards the cupboard, which can be heard creaking open. She starts talking about Dennis describing him as "Nice". The next morning, Dennis asks her about the conversation, and she tells him that what she and Toby talk about is secret because she wants to stay safe. Dennis asks if Toby is threatening her, but she just says that she just wants to stay safe.

Randy checks out a few books on entities and demons so that he and Dennis know what they are dealing with. Randy discovers that witches covens would make deals with demons and use young girls as the vessels through which young boys would be born. The children would then be brainwashed in order to do the demon’s bidding. Dennis laughs this idea off and sets to work converting a fan into an oscillating camera stand. They find a photograph of a coven from the 1930s, each with a distinct insignia of an upside down triangle within a circle.

Julie’s mother expresses her disapproval of Dennis to Julie, citing his lack of affluence and wealth as a major area of concern as she wants her daughter to be financially secure. She asks Julie if shell ever have another child but Julie says shes fine with two beautiful girls. Julie’s mother reminds her that she always wanted to have a large family and shouldn’t stop until she has a son.

Dennis goes to check out a noise he heard. Randy hears it as well, and they end up in front of Dennis’ closet. Dennis opens it, and out jumps Julie, wearing a witch mask. Dennis freaks out and has to sit down to calm himself while Randy and Julie laugh uncontrollably.

The girls are sleeping outside in a tent. Julie hears noises going on in the girls bedroom so she assumes that the girls came back into the house. Dennis goes to check on them, but Julie then starts hearing noises from her bathroom. She starts walking towards the bathroom and the door to her bedroom starts to close slowly until it bursts open Dennis can’t find the girls in their room. They go down and try to get to the girls outside, but the door is locked. They unlock it and bring the girls inside.

More footage shows Kristi going on night excursions with Toby and talking. During a tea party, Dennis sits down with Kristi and Toby. Kristi moves her cup and accidentally touches Toby and quickly apologizes. Dennis asks why she is apologizing and Kristi explains that Toby doesn’t like being touched. Dennis mockingly apologizes for her, explaining that it was an accident. He leaves the camera to record more of Kristi and Toby talking. Katie returns and starts making fun of Kristi calling her a baby. She goes into the cupboard, which Kristi says is Toby’s room, and the invisible demon slams the door shut and refuses to let Katie out. Katie starts screaming, but Kristi just says, "I told you not to go in there". Julie arrives and Katie bursts out of the cupboard screaming that Kristi locked her in. When Dennis goes to investigate the cupboard, he finds the insignia of the witch,s coven scrawled on the wall.

Julie and Dennis decide to go out for the night and hire a babysitter to look after the girls. She plays around with them and jumps in front of the camera in the kitchen to scare Dennis before dressing up like a ghost and fooling around with the girls. After the girls are in bed, she goes downstairs to study. Someone comes downstairs with a blanket draped over themselves and stands behind the babysitter creepily. Before she turns around, the blanket collapses, empty. She is confused and brings the blanket upstairs when the invisible demon blows on her and scares her so that she stays downstairs the rest of the night. When the couple returns, the babysitter leaves immediately, obviously scared. When Dennis and Randy observe the tapes, they freak out.

Julie wakes up for a midnight snack. She tosses the remnants into the garbage disposal but drops a spoon into the disposal unit. The light in the next room turns on by itself as Julie sticks her hand into the disposal unit and suddenly screams. The light has fallen with a crash and startled her. Dennis goes upstairs to investigate, but the girls are both asleep. A few hours later, Kristi wakes up and tells Toby that she doesn’t want to do what he says and tells him to go away.

Kristi wakes up the next morning and is incredibly sick. Dennis and Julie take her to the hospital and Katie is left with Randy to look after her. She bullies him into playing Bloody Mary with her, and they do it twice. The second time, the demon scratches Randy across the stomach and begins overtly terrorizing them as blurs outside the door, slamming at them and scaring them. Randy opens the door and has furniture thrown at them. He grabs Katie, and they run. When Dennis returns home, Randy packs up all his equipment and leaves because its too much for him.

Kristi and Katie wake up, and their Lite Bright is displaying the sign of the Witches Coven. Dennis is editing together wedding tapes while Julie is asleep in bed. Katie’s bed sheets start moving, slowly growing in size over her until they fall down. Suddenly, the cover is thrown at the camera, and Katie is dragged across the room by the unseen force several times while she screams for Kristi to help her. Kristi screams at the demon to let her go, but it throws the bed around. Katie is dragged back into the cupboard until Kristi agrees to do what the demon asks.

The next morning, the girls beg their mother to take them to their grandmother’s house to get away from Toby. Their mother won’t hear about it and starts yelling at Dennis for filling their heads with this demon nonsense. He tells her to look at the tapes, but she refuses. Katie is running after Kristi when she hits an invisible wall: Toby. ‘Toby’ grabs her by the hair and yanks her off the ground, throwing her. Katie comes to her mother screaming that Toby pulled her hair and Julie tells Dennis that the experiment is over. However, she walks into the Kitchen and sees its empty. Suddenly, all the utensils and furniture fall from the ceiling, scaring Julie out of the room.

Dennis, Julie and the girls drive to Julie’s mother’s house. They eat apple pie when they arrive and Dennis sees Kristi fingering one of the paintings in the dining room. He tells her not to touch it because it might be expensive. As Kristi and Katie play outside, Dennis films Julie talking to her mother about what is happening. Kristi and Julie’s mother play dress up, and Kristi puts on a wedding dress. When Dennis asks her who the lucky groom is, Kristi replies ‘Toby’. This freaks Dennis and Julie out, and they put the girls to bed early.

A car pulls up around 2:00 am, and Julie goes to see who it is. When she doesn’t return, Dennis goes to find her. Julie’s mother appears behind him for a moment, but he doesn’t notice. He searches the house but can’t find anyone. He goes out to the garage and finds a group of older women standing in a circle. He freaks out, running back into the main house and locking the door behind him. The women are briefly seen walking towards him ina zombie-like walk.

He runs around the house calling for the girls and finds Julie at the top of the stairs. Something is odd though as her expression is blank and she appears taller. He runs upstairs and sees that she is levitating before she is thrown at him at full force and they fall down the stairs together. Julie is dead, and Dennis hears the whimpering Kristi who is in the dining room. He sees the paintings removed and coven symbols everywhere. He grabs Kristi and they run, as the invisible demon starts attacking them. They hide in the closet for a few moments before Dennis tells her that they need to find Katie. They run through the house as things are thrown about them. They see Katie by the steps crying over the body of Julie. Dennis tells Kristi to stay by the wall when he goes over. Katie turns around possessed and throws him across the room, breaking both of his legs. When he starts to crawl back into view, the demon grabs him by his arms and legs and breaks his spine, contorting his body into unnatural shapes before letting him go. Julie’s mother walks into the room holding Katie’s hand and tells her and Kristi to "get ready". They head up the staircase, and Kristi cheerfully calls out, "C’mon, Toby!" We hear a faint animal growling sound before the camera goes black.


FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Jason Blum known as producer
  • Jeanette Brill known as line producer
  • Akiva Goldsman known as executive producer
  • Oren Peli known as producer
  • Gregory Plotkin known as co-producer
  • Steven Schneider known as producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Christopher Nicholas Smith known as Dennis (as Chris Smith)
  • Lauren Bittner known as Julie
  • Chloe Csengery known as Young Katie
  • Jessica Tyler Brown known as Young Kristi (as Jessica Brown)
  • Dustin Ingram known as Randy Rosen
  • Marilyn Alex known as Creepy Lady
  • Jackie Benoit known as Creepy Lady
  • Jessica Berger known as Kid
  • Brian Boland known as Daniel Rey
  • Johanna Braddy known as Lisa
  • Bailey Michelle Brown known as Bailey (as Bailey Brown)
  • Tucker Brown known as Tucker
  • Jody Carter known as Creepy Lady
  • Paitoon Cheng known as Ida
  • Meredith Eaton known as Woman
  • Katie Featherston known as Katie
  • Hallie Foote known as Grandma Lois
  • Bonita Friedericy known as Dorothy Wolfe
  • Saige Gernhauser known as Kid
  • Sprague Grayden known as Kristi Rey
  • Eddie Medrano known as Party Magician
  • Maria Olsen known as Creepy Lady
  • Jackson Xenia Prieto known as Hunter (as Jackson Prieto)
  • William Juan Prieto known as Hunter (as William Prieto)
  • Asher Rowland known as Kid
  • Rebecca Delgado Smith known as Crying Bridesmaid
  • Hayden Sosa known as Kid
  • Karen Teliha known as Creepy Lady



Supporting Department

Makeup Department:
  • Kymber Blake known as makeup department head
  • Robert Hall known as special makeup designer: Almost Human Inc
  • Paula Jane Hamilton known as key makeup artist

Art Department:

  • Niko Hovartos known as on set dresser
  • Darren Patnode known as on-set dresser
  • Erica Willis McCormick known as set decorations buyer




Production Companies:

  • Blumhouse Productions
  • Paramount Pictures
  • Room 101

Other Companies:

  • Digital Media Services (DMS)  digital marketing asset management
  • Digital Media Services (DMS)  on-line promotional material creation
  • Digital Vortechs  Avid HD editing equipment provided by
  • Dolby Laboratories  sound mix
  • Soundelux  post-production sound services


  • Paramount Japan (2011) (Japan) (theatrical) (as Paramount Pictures Japan)
  • Paramount Pictures Entertainment (2011) (Canada) (theatrical)
  • Paramount Pictures (2011) (Germany) (theatrical)
  • Paramount Pictures (2011) (France) (theatrical)
  • Paramount Pictures (2011) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Solar Entertainment (2011) (Philippines) (theatrical)
  • United International Pictures (UIP) (2011) (Argentina) (theatrical)
  • United International Pictures (UIP) (2011) (Greece) (theatrical)
  • United International Pictures (UIP) (2011) (Philippines) (theatrical)
  • United International Pictures (UIP) (2011) (Singapore) (theatrical)
  • Universal Pictures International (UPI) (2011) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
  • Universal Pictures Benelux (2012) (Netherlands) (DVD)
  • Universal Pictures Benelux (2012) (Netherlands) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Zon Lusomundo Audiovisuais (2011) (Portugal) (all media)



Other Stuff

Special Effects:

  • Almost Human

Visual Effects by:

  • Mark A.Z. Dippé known as visual effects supervisor
  • Michelle Eisenreich known as visual effects producer: Hammerhead
  • Paul Hopkins known as matchmove/layout
  • Daniel Loiewski known as visual effects intern
  • Robert Malina known as visual effects editor
  • Daniel Mellitz known as compositing supervisor

Release Date:

  • Brazil 14 October 2011 (Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival)
  • France 19 October 2011
  • Argentina 20 October 2011
  • Australia 20 October 2011
  • Chile 20 October 2011
  • Denmark 20 October 2011
  • Greece 20 October 2011
  • Hong Kong 20 October 2011
  • Hungary 20 October 2011
  • Kuwait 20 October 2011
  • Netherlands 20 October 2011
  • Portugal 20 October 2011
  • Russia 20 October 2011
  • Singapore 20 October 2011
  • Slovenia 20 October 2011
  • Thailand 20 October 2011
  • United Arab Emirates 20 October 2011
  • Brazil 21 October 2011
  • Canada 21 October 2011
  • India 21 October 2011
  • Ireland 21 October 2011
  • Italy 21 October 2011
  • Mexico 21 October 2011
  • Norway 21 October 2011
  • Panama 21 October 2011
  • Paraguay 21 October 2011
  • Philippines 21 October 2011
  • Poland 21 October 2011
  • Spain 21 October 2011
  • Sweden 21 October 2011
  • Turkey 21 October 2011
  • UK 21 October 2011
  • USA 21 October 2011
  • Israel 27 October 2011
  • Japan 1 November 2011
  • Germany 3 November 2011
  • Finland 4 November 2011
  • Malta 7 December 2011

MPAA: Rated R for some violence, language, brief sexuality and drug use



Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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  1. jmcb002 from United States
    29 Mar 2012, 3:39 pm

    I thought I went to go see Paranormal Activity 3… you know, like theone in the trailer with a seance gone brutally wrong, house on fire,jumping girls from the upper story, medium coming to rid the house ofbad spirits, closet ghost knocking games, crying girls huddled in cars,mom being flown out of bedroom, and water being thrown on a ghost toreveal that its shape is actually there. But no, I ended up seeing acrappy excuse for producers thinking they are being creative and edgyby changing it from the trailer and making it a story about satanicwomen rituals. I've already seen that horrible remake. I wanted to seea Paranormal Activity, not "The Wicker Man / The Last Exorcism".

    I hope someone sues the creators for false advertising by not makingANY scenes from the trailer into the final cut. That honestly makes memad. The Paranormal movies were made on the premise of being about ahaunting of demons; adding in the "cult" aspect just changes things. Wewere drawn in on the fear of the supernatural, not satanic women. Iwant to see the movie from the trailer, not what they decided was thebest and scariest cut for theaters, because that version was terrible.

  2. DarnMacs from United Kingdom
    29 Mar 2012, 3:39 pm

    I am not a professional critic, nor am i a critic in a generalcircumstance. But after watching this film it really inspired me tocreate an account on this site to express my views and opinions.

    Well i understood the story line of this film and thought it could be agreat concept, going back to before all the shenanigans of the firstand second paranormal activity to when Katie and Kristi were childrenwho are influenced highly by a spirit called "Tobi". Which in turn gaveme great expectations for this film, i was terribly mistaken.

    The first hour of this film is filled with nothing more than the usualscare tactic employed in the last 2 films which does work to a certaindegree but also grows old very quickly as its all be done before in thelast 2 films. A slight mix up was the camera attached to a fan trick,which i did find a good idea although even that wore thin. Also tookaway from the fear aspect of the film was the comedy factor which theyseemed to incorporate which personally i believe has no place in the PAfilms. I also thought that the scene in the kitchen was a ridiculousplay on the scene in the 2nd PA, could have been a bit more creativethere.

    After the first hour passed i believed the film was beginning to pickup and bit and actually had me frightened for a short period of time.Before i continue after this is a SPOILER!!. Why this film turned intosomewhat of a cult film was beyond a joke. It completely took away fromthe main isolated fear aspect that the film was famous for. The endingwas completely ridiculous leaving and unbelievable amount of questionsunanswered.

    1. Where does it show you anything to do with the house burning down?

    2. Why weren't any of the clips in the trailers in the actual feature?

    3. It never explains what the entity actually is?

    4. How did the mother actually die in the film? And where does it showthat she is actually dead at the top of the staircase?

    5. Why does the ghost haunt the children although it is meant to hauntthe first born son?

    6. Where did a cult ever play a part in any of the other films?

    All in all this film was a complete let down, and i wouldn't recommendanyone to pay any amount of money to go and view this, even just tounderstand the story its not worth seeing, as it does not answer any ofthis.

    P.S as well as all of this, the reaction of the people in the cinemawatching this took away from the fear as a lot of laughs were had.

  3. predator1 from New York, NY
    29 Mar 2012, 3:39 pm


    there are at least 4 scenes in the trailer that aren't even in the film1 the two girls doing bloody Mary 2 the cup of water thrown on thedemons shape 3 the house on fire 4 the mom being tugged down thehallway or bedroom 5 the little girl jumping from the balcony of thestaircase

    I guess the producers just think people are stupid and will go anyway(which they will) and they will be saving this stuff for the "neverbefore seen footage" on the DVD


  4. dr-riegel from United States
    29 Mar 2012, 3:39 pm

    My sons and I are avid movie goers and especially like scary movies. Wesaw PA and PA2 together. We saw the trailer for PA3 and were ready forwhat looked to be a solid scary movie with some tying up of loose endswith the plot. What we found was a tired rehash of the same plot with afew new characters. The pivotal scenes from the trailer were completelyabsent from the movie. 1) the knocking game at the closet 2) Kristiwalking along and jumping off the ledge of the girls' bedroom 3) thefilm of the mother watching this in horror 4) Kristi throwing water on"Toby" to show him to her mother 5) the paranormal investigator whocomes to the house and has his head slammed into the table 6) thelights exploding one by one down the staircase 7) the house burningdown 8) the mother being thrown back when she says she wants to leaveAll the scenes from the trailer that made me excited to see the movie,inexplicably absent. This movie would have been much better with thesescenes added. Instead, the movie ends terribly. What could have been areal blockbuster ending, tying the three movies together, was actuallya complete dud. These guys and their franchise will never see anotherdollar from me.

  5. Dan Franzen (dfranzen70) from United States
    29 Mar 2012, 3:39 pm

    Of Paranormal Activity 3, I can tell you this much: Chances are, if thefirst one didn't do much for you and you found the second one to bekind of blah and repetitive, there's no way you'll like the third one.That's a fact. The setup and premise are familiar, even if thecharacters are not. So as such, I can understand someone's not likingthis one much at all. But. I personally found the first and second onesto be pretty scary – even when, in the second one, I knew stuff wasgoing to happen. It has to be a good film when you're surprised evenwhen you expect something, right? So, right or wrong, I loved thismovie. It gave me what I was seeking, and more.

    Whereas the second film was set shortly before the first one, this filmtakes a look at the childhood of Katie, the protagonist of the firstfilm. You may recall that as the first movie progressed, Katie becameconvinced that something was after her specifically – but she couldn'timagine why. This movie attempts to resolve that issue. And you sort ofhave to give credit to a movie that resolves some things while leavingother threads dangling just enough to make one wonder what the hey isgoing on.

    It's 1988. Young Katie lives with her younger sister Kristi, her momJulie, and Julie's boyfriend Dennis. Strange things are afoot in theirhouse, around the same time that young Kristi begins communicating withan imaginary friend named Toby. Is it a normal kid phase, or is itsomething more sinister? As with the other films, cameras are placedaround the house to capture anything odd that may happen during thenight. (In a clever bit of ingenuity, Dennis takes apart an oscillatingfan and places a camera on it so that he can pan from living room tokitchen and back.)

    What makes a movie like this work for me is the same thing that madeThe Blair Witch Project work (and its sequel not work at all) – itfeels voyeuristic, as if we were simply peeking in on some family'severyday lives. Reasons are given for the constant filming (Dennistells Kristi, for example, that he's "testing" his new camera as theyhave a tea party.) We're automatically drawn to the video footage. Whatwill we see? We're now ready for something – will it jump out at us?Will furniture be overturned? Or something even worse?

    The mood is another huge selling point. People react as you'd expectthem to. Dennis is obsessed with finding out what's causing thosenoises and other disturbances; Julie thinks he's completely off hisrocker and becomes more testy as time goes by. People who alsoexperience the occurrences, like a babysitter and a friend of Dennis,are stunned to the point of not wishing to discuss the matter further,hurriedly leaving as soon as possible.

    Now, I can't say that everyone, even those who love to be scared, isgoing to love this as much as I did. For me, since we see almosteverything through the lens of a camera, the terror – and theanticipation – are grossly heightened. When that door is opened, whatwill we find? It's not going to be pretty, but unlike a standard horrorfilm where one can simply slough off a shock as being too fantastic,here we're so easily drawn in by and engaged with our surrogate familythat we feel as terrified and mystified as they do.

    Paranormal Activity 3 won't answer everything that the first two mayhave left unsolved, but it does offer hints as to why, in the presentday, these events are still occurring to Katie and her family. We see apart of that genesis, and it's not really what I expected. I wasunsettled and thankful I hadn't seen the movie at night. Okay, thatmight be a little hyperbolic, and when some of you actually watch themovie you'll laugh at me for being skittish. I don't care. I enjoyedthe movie, and that's all I'm concerned with.

  6. Colin George from United States
    29 Mar 2012, 3:39 pm

    Reigning king of the "Gotcha!" moment, Paranormal Activity is back –and though the premise may have worn thin, (how many compulsivevideographers can one extended family have?) its minimalist scaretactics are as effective as ever. Scream for scream, the theaterexperience is without rival; hushed gasps, nervous tittering, andshrieks of surprise are empirical evidence of the films' effectiveness.Hence the backlash when Paranormal Activity hit home video: thesemovies cater to a crowd.

    A prequel of sorts, Paranormal Activity 3 rewinds the franchise to1988, illuminating the origins of the Presence that ran amok in partsone and two. Helmed by Catfish directors Henry Joost and ArielSchulman, the flick treads familiar territory, but keeps the audienceon its toes. One of the major criticisms leveled against Oren Peli'soriginal was its predictable cycle of daytime exposition and midnightscares. Rinse and repeat.

    Screenwriter Christopher B. Landon, who also wrote the underwhelmingParanormal Activity 2, does a better job this time of pitching the oddchangeup. With an omnipresent atmosphere of unease, no moment feelsentirely safe. And it goes without saying that the freaky stuff is muchmore explicitly freaky. Rest assured the Rey family doesn't own a pool,let alone a cleaning robot.

    Probably the single most brilliant technical addition to the ParanormalActivity repertoire is the oscillating camera. Panning ominouslybetween kitchen and living room, the simple mechanic works like asuspense machine. Joost and Schulman certainly get their money's worthout of the gimmick, milking it for some of their whitest white-knucklemoments. Fashioned from a tabletop fan, the device is a perfectmetaphor for the franchise itself: cheap, homemade, effective.

    But for ingenuity and inventiveness, the original is still tops. Forall its merciless suspense, Paranormal Activity 3 falls back on a fewtoo many false alarms ("Gotcha!") and bad payoffs, and offers no realinnovations in imagery. From Poltergeist to The Exorcist, it's easy totell where the directors pulled inspiration, almost copy-and-pastingclassic moments into the found footage aesthetic.

    Then again, anyone expecting real innovation from the third ParanormalActivity film is barking up the wrong tree. Part of the fun is howloosely defined the abilities of the otherworldly antagonist are. Itpossesses, communicates, and manipulates. But wait, there's more!Paranormal Activity 3 plays like a grab bag of horror ideas andiconography. Like any grab bag, not everything inside is interesting.

    For one, hand-held footage plays a more prominent role than ever, whichstrains the believability of some key sequences. Then there's hokeyfiller like the "Bloody Mary" urban legend, which squarely fills thevacancy left by the Ouija board on the Paranormal Activity blueprint.And who could forget Randy (Dustin Ingram) and his transparent,annoying attempts at comic relief?

    Paranormal Activity 3 doesn't reinvent the franchise. It's not even thebest Paranormal Activity film. It doesn't need to be. Its aim is torefine the series' mechanics and reinvigorate audience interest, and itsucceeds. So what's next? Likely what keeps Paramount executives up atnight is how to squeeze the supernatural saga for every penny it'sworth. Long live the reigning king of "Gotcha!"

  7. cvickers13 from United States
    29 Mar 2012, 3:39 pm

    The trailer convinced me to go see this flick, and I left somewhatperplexed and disappointed. Frankly, it seemed like a different moviefrom what was portrayed. Most of the scenes in the trailer were not inthe final cut, which is a shame because the film itself felt veryincomplete.

    Tension was built through the movie, but it felt like there was neverreally a climax, and that the pacing was uneven. The intensity andsuspense of the movie built up well, though I can't help but feel thatthere were at least a couple scenes missing entirely. While the lastpart of the movie was without a doubt very intense, it broughtabsolutely no sense of resolution, and was entirely dissatisfying.

    It was like listening to a piece of orchestral music that dramaticallybuilds up, but is then cut off short. Beyond that, I felt verydeceived. The trailer was practically of a different film, and I feellike it was very dishonest to market it that way.

  8. Fields201 from United States
    29 Mar 2012, 3:39 pm

    I am over thirty years old and I have seen a lot of horror films(including the first two Paranormal Activity films) and if you asked mewhat the scariest film I've ever seen is, I will search through mymemory banks and pick out a film and say, "Well that was scary if thathappened in real life." But not really putting the film in the samecategory as "hold your breath and walk out feeling drained because itscared the heck out of me" type of film. Finally, I was able to see afilm that legitimately scared me, and it happens to be a third film ina franchise. Who says sequels are always bad?

    The film is back to being a prequel, focusing on Katie and Kristi whenthey were little kids. They have a skeptic mom, and a dad who lookssuspiciously like Micah from the first film. He's a videographer and helikes to record things all the time (like the first two movies) andafter an earthquake erupts, he discovers that an invisible figureemerges from the dust. So naturally, he wants to keep recording to findout what it is, and what he discovers is that its an invisible friendnamed Tobi who has some connection with the little daughters.

    Upon watching Paranormal Activity 3, it felt like there was a boardmeeting after the second film and they listened to all thebad-mouthing, spoofs, and also took in an account of what scared people(prepare for an homage of the kitchen scene of the second film) andculminated all of this together into an Alchemy Pot and born what couldbe the scariest film to date. The theater I saw it with was screamingat all the scary parts, especially when the demon terrorizes the littlegirls; all the way up to a tension filled ending that left many notwanting to look at the screen. The filmmakers knew how to use timingand tension to generate the scares, and that's really the fun of thesemovies. It's the tension building and the creative payoff on what theyprovide for scares. My friend said it best where she said, "It was likea roller coaster ride that I couldn't get out of." It's really thatintense.

    The only thing that sucks is that some of good parts in all thetrailers didn't make it to the final cut. I'm hoping for an extendedrelease on the DVD like they did with the last film because it willmake it that much more exciting. Seriously, forget your complaints fromthe last two films and give this film a go. There is a lot of fun to behad, and it's a great way to celebrate Halloween this year.

  9. rodkeu-186-9440 from Australia
    29 Mar 2012, 3:39 pm

    Anyone who believes that this a good movie needs to get out more.Firstly I an not sure whether the version we got in Australia was thesame as the US but 75% of the decent scenes from the trailer were notin the movie. How does that work. There was minimal effort put intothis movies and it shows. You don't watch these types of movies for theacting so when the rest of the movies fails to deliver then you have abomb. The effort to build up tension and suspense was underwhelming andit was so poor that at times I found myself laughing. How many times dopeople walk around their house with the light off in the middle of thenight, especially when the house has a bad spirit. The failure of thewife to watch videos where it is clear that there is something goingon. Give me a break. The scenes from the trailer were far moreentertaining but obviously made it difficult to create a fourth movie.I recommend that if there is a directors cut with the original scenesin it, wait for it to come out.

  10. Kristine ( from Chicago, Illinois
    29 Mar 2012, 3:39 pm

    Never so quickly have I seen a franchise get whored out in Hollywood. Acouple of years ago the world was hit with Paranormal Activity, makingyou wonder what happens when you're asleep. It's the most successfulindependent movie ever, with a small budget of fifteen thousand andmaking over a hundred million is just incredible. But with big hypecomes a lot of back lash. I personally loved that film and it's one ofmy favorite horror movies, taking the simplicity of what's in the darkfears from our childhood and making our imaginations go crazy. Sincethe film was a huge success, Hollywood naturally called on a sequel.Paranormal Activity 2 was released a year later, pretty much claimingthe Saw franchise money. Paranormal Activity 2 was an alright film, itwasn't as scary because we knew what to expect and with bigger budgetthe effects could be a little too over the top at times. ParanormalActivity 3 was advertised and I was thinking that this film was amistake, but I was just curious where they were taking the story so Isaw it opening night and this film blew me away. What a scary movie andso perfect to add to the franchise making me want plenty more.

    In 1988, young Katie and Kristi live with their mother, Julie, and herboyfriend, Dennis. Kristi begins interacting with an invisible friendnamed Toby. Dennis notices that since Kristi's friend appeared, strangethings have been happening in the house. While reviewing some footagelater, Dennis notices a strange incident with presence being shown oncamera. He invites his friend Randy over to view the footage, whosuggests that Dennis place cameras throughout the house to capture anyother incidents. After more disturbed nights and strange occurrences,Dennis discovers a strange symbol in the girls' closet. He finds thesame symbol on a picture of women in a book about mysticism. Dennisexplains to Julie that the symbol belonged to a witches coven thatbrainwashed young girls into having sons. Thus explaining more aboutthe two previous films.

    A couple of flaws with the film being that one being based in 1988, thefilm sure does look very crisp with it's picture. Wonder where the guygot his video, obviously not Wal Mart. Secondly, there are still somequestions left unanswered, maybe due to the overwhelming success of thefirst film the writers had to do what they could with Katie's story.Only explanation being in this film is that the cult brainwashespeople, so maybe Katie and Kristi had a different story in the previousfilms due to the spell. However, this film scared the heck out of me,which takes a lot. The beginning does start off a little silly to me,since again, you know what is going to happen. But not even 25 minutesinto the film, it does pick up again. The last fifteen minutes had mefrozen to my seat. A lot of people are complaining that the trailer hascompletely different scenes than from the movie, I personally like itthat way because it keeps the film fresh and has you guessing. The"bloody Mary" scene in the film is much more scary than in the trailerin my opinion. Paranormal Activity 3 really did raise the bar and I'mso glad. The characters a likable and the effects are actually topnotch and done effectively. There's a scene with the babysitter wherethe demon is wearing a blanket and is standing right behind her,believe me you'll have such major goose bumps from that scene. If youlike scary movies, you're going to love this film, I can't wait for thefourth one and I'm glad that we finally went back to the basics of agood ghost story. Though my suggestions to the characters: stop filmingthe demon! That's obviously ticking him off.


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