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Paranormal Activity 3 (2011)
Written by: The Arrow
Director: Henry Joost
Ariel Schulman

Starring:
Katie Featherston/Katie
Sprague Grayden /Kristi
Lauren Bittner/Julie
Chloe Csengery/Young Katie
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PLOT-CRUNCH
Paranormal Activity 3 takes a look back at the events that led to the shenanigans in the first two films.
THE LOWDOWN
It’s a good thing that I didn’t watch the PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 3 trailers before seeing it; because I’d be pissed off if I did. 85% of the money shots in the trailers are not in the actual film. That’s just wrong. That’s like renting a knob sucking whore and the pimp not telling me she has a penis. For those who think that the Studio did that to “mislead us” so we wouldn’t see the twists coming; they didn’t. It's called selling a movie; get them asses in them seats. They did the same with the FASTER and the BLACK XMAS remake trailers, but here they took it to a new level. Kind of low IMO, especially since what I saw in the trailers was more exciting than the film itself. All right am done bitching. How was the movie? All right I guess.

Before I vomit my thoughts; here’s where I stand with this franchise; Part 1 was okay and Part 2 was duller than watching a corpse dry. But I came into part 3 optimistic; cause there’s no f*cking way it could be as BORING as Part 2 I thought. And thankfully I was right. PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 3 benefited from a tighter pace, directors that knew what they were doing (Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman who did the mockumentory Catfish) and overall better actors. I really dug Lauren Bittner here; she was natural and classed/sexed the movie up while Dustin Ingram stole every scene he was in with his quirky show. Shit, even the child actresses (Chloe Cserngey and Jessica Brown) aced their roles, lending "some" validity to the thing. Random scare set pieces worked too. The set ups and payoffs were ably executed and with a bigger budget than the last films; the optical effects went further, resulting in a couple of YOWZER horror bits that woke me up from my slumber. And although very derivative of another horror flick released in 2010; I grooved to the direction they took with the ending. Didn’t see that coming, until we got there, so it worked! NOTE: Was it me or did it negate something that was said in Part 1?

The problem that I had with PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 3 and that’s just me by the way, as I am sure many feel different; is that I didn’t buy into it. Hence the tension I was supposed to feel didn’t happen often. I mean why would a dude (even though he shoots wedding videos for a living) have a camera glued to his head 24/7? When things got out of hand, I was like “Bra, drop the camera and do this or do that” but no the a-hole kept filming. Made no sense to me. Things like that take me out of a movie and decreases my sympathy in its leads. The same went for them STAYING in the house after it was 100% sure it was spooked. I don’t know about yall, but I see a ghost creep up behind some dame on my video monitor;I drop everything and I am out of there! Even more so when kids are involved. Here I was supposed to accept that our main man was so obsessed in discovering the entity that he’d put everybody in danger for it. The script and the performance (by Christopher Nicholas Smith, who did fine by the way, but badly written role played against him) didn’t sell me on that… AT ALL!

Finally, the wife character, NOT wanting to listen to anybody about the presence in the house got tired and phoney after a while. A non rational reaction to serve the plot. So what happens when you don’t believe in a story and the moves its characters make? When you see it force shite just to drive its plot forward? For me? I watch in a ho-hum manner and the tricks stop working. So by result, lots of the fear ploys fell flat, I felt that the pace lagged at times (they were building up tension, too bad I didn’t give a hoot) and some of the more unique visual ploys (like a camera hopped up on a moving fan) eventually made me groan instead of stimulating me, specially after the device was used for like the 50th time (We get it, it goes right and it goes left. Let’s MOVE ON!)

So...yeah... we’re now at 3 movies in the PARANORMAL ACTIVITY franchise and I gotta face it, much like the Twilight flicks (another $$$ franchise loved by the masses), I don’t f*cking get it. Sure PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 3 was a step up from the abysmal Part 2, it had some strong fear jolts, swell ideas and potent acting, but I didn’t care about the story, the characters and more importantly I didn’t believe in them. Without any of that, one aint got much. Am Paranormaled out!
GORE
A scratch.
T & A
Lauren Bittner in her undies, too bad they stayed on. Girl looked fine!
BOTTOM LINE
Yup! Done deal! This franchise is just not for me. But hey, to each his own! We’re all individuals with our own unique tastes and point of views; so for those who love these movies; all the power to yall! PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 3 sported some slick scare bits, top optical effects, some solid acting and I dug where they went with it at the end. But alas for me; I just didn’t buy into its situation and its dumb moves to serve the plot decreased my sympathy in its characters and my involvement in the affair. So the film dragged, felt redundant and when it was building tension, I was counting the threads in my Jeans. I think fans of the series will love it, I guess if I go by my reviews of all 3 films, I am not a fan of the series. Oh well... c"est la vie!
BULL'S EYE
The screenplay was written by Christopher B. Landon who also wrote Paranormal Activity 2 (2010).

Katie Featherston (adult Kathie in the first film) shows up in the opening.
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2:27PM on 01/31/2012

Pretty entertaining until the last act.

"Paranormal Activity 3" is actually a lot of fun to watch, during the first 60 minutes. I did like the setting of the movie to be in the late 1980's and it does answer of the unanswered questions of the two previous movies.

The Filmmakers were paying a big tribute to "Poltergeist", even the mysterious ghost demon Toby in the film. Was it supposed to be a homage to film director Tobe Hooper or maybe i was reading too much into the movie. Also during the first hour, it has some good scares and
"Paranormal Activity 3" is actually a lot of fun to watch, during the first 60 minutes. I did like the setting of the movie to be in the late 1980's and it does answer of the unanswered questions of the two previous movies.

The Filmmakers were paying a big tribute to "Poltergeist", even the mysterious ghost demon Toby in the film. Was it supposed to be a homage to film director Tobe Hooper or maybe i was reading too much into the movie. Also during the first hour, it has some good scares and a few suspenseful moments. Hell, even forgotten 1980's doll icon Teddy Ruxpin makes an appearance in the girls' bedroom and that doll even gets a close-up!

But after the first 60 minutes, the last act movie truly lost me. When it finally answer some of the questions, fans of the "Paranormal Activity" been waiting for. I thought it was a let-down and i felt the last act was too close to "The Last Exorcism" during the ending of the movie!

But it was well-made, i know, this picture was supposed to look like 1980's. Maybe i would have been a little more impressive, if "Paranormal Activity 3" was actually shot in VHS!

If "Paranormal Activity 4" is in the way, i hope, it is a true sequel this time and also let the fourth movie be the last one.
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9:48AM on 01/11/2012
I have discovered a highly effective and economic alternative to watching the Paranormal Activity films. Rather than paying to see them, I simply leave my door slightly ajar at night and wait for the cat to walk through, giving the impression that the door is opening on its own. To enhance the experience I may leave objects precariously balanced in another room for the dog to knock over. Job done.
I have discovered a highly effective and economic alternative to watching the Paranormal Activity films. Rather than paying to see them, I simply leave my door slightly ajar at night and wait for the cat to walk through, giving the impression that the door is opening on its own. To enhance the experience I may leave objects precariously balanced in another room for the dog to knock over. Job done.
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12:49PM on 11/08/2011

Spooky Fun

I thought this was a lot of spooky fun. I enjoy these movies.
I thought this was a lot of spooky fun. I enjoy these movies.
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3:04AM on 11/02/2011

Loved It!

I loved the original PA, didn't like the second and after seeing the third I'm happy to say they got it right again. The brilliant tension laced scenes are back and so are the pay offs. And the ending...WOW loved how they worked that in and didn't go that damn "Bloody Mary" route that the trailers claimed.
I'll be adding this to my collection and after seeing that ending I now have to admit. It's a series. I hated the second one so much that I had decided to look at the first one as a stand
I loved the original PA, didn't like the second and after seeing the third I'm happy to say they got it right again. The brilliant tension laced scenes are back and so are the pay offs. And the ending...WOW loved how they worked that in and didn't go that damn "Bloody Mary" route that the trailers claimed.
I'll be adding this to my collection and after seeing that ending I now have to admit. It's a series. I hated the second one so much that I had decided to look at the first one as a stand alone but now I'm gonna suck it up and include the second one (if for no other reason than the kitchen scene and the ending) in a nice trilogy for sure. And if they make a fourth well then I just hope they keep with the same directive as the first and third and never return to the ways of the second again!
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6:51PM on 10/24/2011
Well I dont normally disagree with your reviews but I guess this is a first.....and oh my lord putting it in same boat is twilight. Yes it does have its flaws and wish somethings they would fix but to go that far and put it in the same boat as twilight id have to strongly disagree on that one. If they make PA4 I only hope it gets better. Horror films dont have blood and gore just to be good which is how a lot of ppl think. Anyways Im gonna pray the 4th will be good and fresh like the others but
Well I dont normally disagree with your reviews but I guess this is a first.....and oh my lord putting it in same boat is twilight. Yes it does have its flaws and wish somethings they would fix but to go that far and put it in the same boat as twilight id have to strongly disagree on that one. If they make PA4 I only hope it gets better. Horror films dont have blood and gore just to be good which is how a lot of ppl think. Anyways Im gonna pray the 4th will be good and fresh like the others but somehow i have a feeling PA4 will fail basically cause they already explained what they needed to. Who knows tho.
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1:59PM on 10/24/2011
To each his own indeed . I found '' PARANORMAL ACTIVITY ''to be a frightfest , full of tension and dread . The second lost sight of what worked previously , and gave us mostly un-sympathetic characters , thusly , no emotional involvement or interest . PA 3 returns to the groundwork laid out in the first , and despite being far from perfect , the flick provided solid entertainment and genuine creepiness and scares .
To each his own indeed . I found '' PARANORMAL ACTIVITY ''to be a frightfest , full of tension and dread . The second lost sight of what worked previously , and gave us mostly un-sympathetic characters , thusly , no emotional involvement or interest . PA 3 returns to the groundwork laid out in the first , and despite being far from perfect , the flick provided solid entertainment and genuine creepiness and scares .
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7:49AM on 10/24/2011
your review seals the deal (though in actuality I haven't seen any of them, so perhaps that seals the deal hahah) and my roommate went and saw it and was pissed that none of that was in the trailer was in the film. That's lame. Also, on a technical level, couldn't that be considered fraud. Whew... I'm glad I stayed strong when I was invited to go because, frankly, the trailers made it look cool and I was tempted... but alas, not tempted enough. Thanks for the review... as always, greatness!
your review seals the deal (though in actuality I haven't seen any of them, so perhaps that seals the deal hahah) and my roommate went and saw it and was pissed that none of that was in the trailer was in the film. That's lame. Also, on a technical level, couldn't that be considered fraud. Whew... I'm glad I stayed strong when I was invited to go because, frankly, the trailers made it look cool and I was tempted... but alas, not tempted enough. Thanks for the review... as always, greatness!
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7:28AM on 10/24/2011

@ProudPapa

Nice! Congrats ProudPapa!
Nice! Congrats ProudPapa!
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11:42PM on 10/23/2011

I'm looking forward to it

I am anticipating seeing this one. While I also found the 2nd one pretty bland and entirely too similar to the first one, I really did dig the first film. I'm really not too hard to please when it comes to horror though.

Also, I didn't see the first in the theater. I caught it on DVD later in a pitch black living room inside a house that I'd heard numerous stories over the years of it being haunted. Perhaps that scenario upped the first film's creepy factor for me!

I don't know how
I am anticipating seeing this one. While I also found the 2nd one pretty bland and entirely too similar to the first one, I really did dig the first film. I'm really not too hard to please when it comes to horror though.

Also, I didn't see the first in the theater. I caught it on DVD later in a pitch black living room inside a house that I'd heard numerous stories over the years of it being haunted. Perhaps that scenario upped the first film's creepy factor for me!

I don't know how much I'll love or not love the 3rd but if its more on par with the first, with even better scares? Count me in. I have a strong ability for suspension of disbelief in my body.

Plus ... ITS FUCKING HALLOWEEN! I need some NEW horror every year! Last year it was Trick r Treat, this year? Maybe its PA3.
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11:22PM on 10/23/2011

Go Dustin Ingram!

Thanks for the good review on Dustin Ingram ("Randy"). That's my SON!!! :-)))
Thanks for the good review on Dustin Ingram ("Randy"). That's my SON!!! :-)))
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11:12PM on 10/23/2011
I'm not a fan of this series either, unfortunately we're likely going to get more since this film had the biggest opening of all time for a horror film with 54 million dollars, yeesh! I was hoping we'd be done with this kind of crap after the overrated Saw franchise was finally put out of its misery last year.

P.S. Am I the only person who saw the so-called "shocking" twist ending in the first Saw film coming from a million light years away?
I'm not a fan of this series either, unfortunately we're likely going to get more since this film had the biggest opening of all time for a horror film with 54 million dollars, yeesh! I was hoping we'd be done with this kind of crap after the overrated Saw franchise was finally put out of its misery last year.

P.S. Am I the only person who saw the so-called "shocking" twist ending in the first Saw film coming from a million light years away?
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7:28PM on 10/23/2011

To Nightmares Boulevard

What preceded the ending of "will not spoil" was different than PA 3. They are two different films. For me it worked in the latter.
What preceded the ending of "will not spoil" was different than PA 3. They are two different films. For me it worked in the latter.
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7:15PM on 10/23/2011

Ending is a mess.

Arrow: so you hated the ending on "The Last Exorcism" but digged this one? It went exactly the same direction. I agree that fans of the franchise will love this one. As a generic film, it falls flat.
Arrow: so you hated the ending on "The Last Exorcism" but digged this one? It went exactly the same direction. I agree that fans of the franchise will love this one. As a generic film, it falls flat.
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