Cast: Katie Featherston, Sprague Grayden, Lauren Bittner, Chloe Csengery , Christopher Nicholas Smith , Jessica Tyler Brown , Brian Boland, Dustin Ingram , Mark Fredrichs
Director: Henry Joost, Ariel Schulman
Synopsis: The third film of the Paranormal Activity series, this is a prequel set in the year 1988, focusing on protagonists Katie and Kristi when they were kids and the paranormal presence first appeared.
Review: It feels like watching the same stuff, but minus the novelty of the first one and the curiosity of the second. The third installment of this home-made horror franchise promised to tie all the loose ends and take us back to where it all started. While the ‘found-footage’ format was intriguing at first, one cannot do the exact same thing again and again in the name of a franchise. It neither ties loose ends nor does it provide enough cheap thrills to cover up for the lack of an interesting plot.
So, Katie and Kristy (the girls from the first 2 movies) are kids, flashback to 1988. Mother Julie and videographer boyfriend move into a new house with the 2 happy kids. Soon enough, strange things begin to happen and videographer boyfriend sets up cameras all over the house to document the strange happenings. There on, the fact that the kids survive what happens in the house is obvious. But what happens to the mother, the boyfriend and the grandmother is left to be seen. And what exactly happens to the two girls in their childhood that the demon has to come back to haunt them in adulthood. All these questions are answered in the third installment of this horror fest. The answers however, are less than satisfactory.
Yes, the first one snuck up on filmgoers in 2009 to terrorize them out of $100 million. Yes we get it, it worked. But you got to make things better and bigger. The directors of Paranormal Activity 3 preferred ‘clinging for dear life’ onto the same old tricks and tactics -> pots and pans banging, doors creaking, strange noises etc. Most of this film simply involved waiting around for something to happen. When that something does happen, it is definitely not worth the wait.
For diehard fans of the franchise, well, you’re going to watch it anyway. For those seeking genuine thrills, skip this one.
Verdict: Same product …same packaging. Watch it, if you must.