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Paranormal Activity 3 (DVD)
Member Name: carlz2001uk
Paranormal Activity 3 (DVD)
Advantages: Scares! Anticipation, Acting, effects
Disadvantages: A little repetitive 3rd time round
Having seen the other two Paranormal Activity films and being totally freaked out by them, when I saw the latest instalment was available on Sky Premier I settled down to watch it, but the heart was racing from the moment I turned it on! I never used to be scared by 'scary films' but these last few years I have turned into a right wuss! I was really scared by this film and recommended it to my 16 year old sister, who later informed me that it wasn't scary in the slightest and I need to get a grip!
The film opens with a pregnant Kristi who is eagerly awaiting her new arrival. Her sister calls in to see the new arrival and straight away you see her sister is the main character from the first film, Katie. I had heard that this 3rd film centred on children and I wrongly thought it would be focused on the new-born when he arrived. But I was wrong, only the first few minutes are set in the present day. Katie brings some boxes to store with Kristi in her basement and in one of the boxes are several VHS tapes that were filmed when they were young girls, and this third film is basically the content of these VHS tapes which go missing in a suspected break in.
The first 10 or 15 minutes slowly ease you in. Nothing too scary, just a few weird scenes. Following the tape of Katie's birthday, we see that we are in the late 1980's from the corner of the video. The tapes follow Katie, Kristi, Julie (their mum) and her partner Dennis who has been dating Julie for a relatively short period of time. They have moved into a new house and straight away things start going wrong. Kristi gains an invisible friend who doesn't like her to tell grownups about what they talk about and Kristi won't talk because she wants to stay safe. 'He' lives in the cupboard in the corner of their bedroom, and much of the 'goings on' seem to focus initially on this cupboard but soon move to other areas of the house. Dennis is a videographer and soon decides he wants to set up cameras throughout the house as he has a feeling that something is going on. One particular camera that he sets up drove me absolutely mad as the anticipation constantly scared me! He decided to set up a camera in the open plan living, kitchen area on a revolving stand (I think on some kind of fan base), but during the night when the camera shows the living room, it isn't going to be for nothing, so when it pans round to one end I would shout 'this is it, this time there's going to be something there', and then there isn't, this goes on 2 or 3 times, and when something does happen I'd scared myself anyway just from the anticipation!
There are several scenes that are pretty bad (or were to me anyway!) but they seem to get worse as the film goes along. The first 45 minutes or so, see's doors unexplainably shut, shadows run past in the hall, TV's turn on etc, but in the second half, they definitely turn up the notch. There is one particular scene where the eldest girl Katie convinces a friend of Dennis's to lock themselves in the bathroom and chant the hail Marys 3 times which doesn't go down too well! A scene with the babysitter playing ghosts with a sheet over her head (and involving the revolving camera!) was interesting! The ending is also pretty bad (in my opinion) and really freaked me out.
All in all this was a pretty good film. The acting was good, particularly by the two girls who are both fairly young. The effects were subtle but very good and the storyline was fairly believable, as far as demons, etc go! Over the last few years, as I said, I have turned into a massive wuss so if you thought this film wasn't scary in the slightest I apologise! For me, horrors are always heightened when they involve children and things that can't be seen.
A good solid 4 stars.
Summary: 4 stars