Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Paranormal Activity 3


 I almost didn't write this post because I really don't have much to say about Paranormal Activity 3.  I know some people loved it but to me it was just more of the same.  A prequel of sorts, PA3 shows the haunted sisters Katie and Kristi has little girls.  Trouble starts when little Kristi begins talking to an imaginary friend named Toby. 



Strange things start to happen around the house and Dennis, the boyfriend of the girl's mother Julie, sets up cameras around the house to figure out exactly what is going on.  Yes, pretty much the same set up as the other films. 


There are a few things I like about this version.  Directors Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman (Catfish) deliver the scares.  I particularly like the oscillating fan/camera and the "ghost" who scares the babysitter.  I also appreciate the continuity between the films.  Katie's boyfriend in the original film looks just like Dennis.  The Featherston girls all have the same terrible decorating tastes.  What I don't understand is the ending and how it relates to the other films.  I don't want to give anything away, but it is clear that the girls are under control of a evil force.  I don't understand why they are so "surprised" when bad mojo starts to happen years later.  Perhaps PA 4 and 5 will explain this. 

I like the Paranormal Activity films but they are beginning to feel like a yearly chore, ala Saw.  Maybe they should give it a rest for a few years and then come back and really scare the pants off us.


2 comments:

Zelmarific said...

I really just watch these movies for the decorating, so it's nice to know that it is consistent.

The Film Connoisseur said...

I had a great time with this one, I dont know what it was about, but I dug it lots. It was similar to The Shinning at times, with the whole thing about little kids talking to ghosts. Specially when said ghost is called 'Toby' and the ghost in The Shinning was called 'Tony'

But Im with you, they should give them a rest for a couple of years, they shouldnt burn audiences out the way the SAW movies did.