30 October 2011
Directors by Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman surely have had to up the ante in the third installment of this home-video-horror. Set 18 years prior to the first two films, wherein we trace back where the “activities” begun, I expected this to be a bore.
But alas, I was proved wrong.
True to its form of providing us that raw experience of horror, the film starts like how every horror ride begins. Katie and her younger sister Kristi reunite during Kristi’s pregnancy. Katie delivers a box of home videos to her which ends up being mysteriously burglarized a year later in Kristi and her husband David’s home.
We’re then switched to go backwards to 1988, a young Katie and Kristi live with their mother Julie and her boyfriend Dennis, who makes a living out of video coverages of weddings, parties, and the like. Dennis notices a strange noise one evening and then plans to videotape the entire evening on both his and Julie’s room and the kids’. He then finds a footage of Kristi waking up in the middle of the night talking to an invisible entity.
Like the previous Activities, Dennis videotapes the next few evenings and a couple more strange occurrences are caught on tape including a creepy take on the Bloody Mary game. From strange demons lurking in the closet to the most scariest add-ons to a horror flick: creepy single women cult, Paranormal Activity 3 is scarier than the first, much more sensible than the second.