Paranormal Activity 3 (2011)



Filed under : horror, review

Since I am a fan of the franchise, I was really looking forward to this film. Being that it came out around Halloween season, it really put me in the spirit of things.

Before I go into the review, I will warn you – what you see in the trailer is not at all a true depiction of what you see in the film. Many have been disappointed as there were some parts in the trailer that I had been anticipating while watching the movie. It has been argued that the trailer was a bit misleading due to this inconsistency.

But, I have some mixed feelings about this statement. Perhaps, it was their intention as many times what is revealed in the trailer may sometimes spoil the film for some. Maybe this was part of the mystery behind the movie as to anticipate what is expected (as seen in the trailer) but surprised with the results. This is just my observation. Though, some may beg to differ.

(Note: For those who saw the movie, I’d be interested in hearing if this bothered you at all or had any affect of your overall opinion of the film).

In any case, the movie is more of a prequel to the prior films. It goes more into the childhood of the two main characters, the sisters Katie and Kristi, and their experience with the paranormal as kids. In a sense, we go back in time (literally to the 80s) to see firsthand what they witnessed as children along with their parents, Julie and Dennis.

Just like the first two films, there is always a believer and a non-believer. In this case, the father, Dennis, is the believer while the mother, Julie, is the non-believer. At first, we (as the audience) get spooked with false alarms (as in the prior two films). However, as the movie progresses – the “paranormal” begins to settle in and make its presence known.

(Note: For those who missed it, here are my reviews on the first film as well as the second one).

As in the movies before, this film follows the same formula – it goes back and forth between being “spooked” as a joke versus being “spooked” for real. As in the other two movies, this is definitely one to see with a group of people. (It’s more fun that way!)

With that being said, there were a lot of inconsistencies in the film. I don’t want to ruin it for those who have not seen the movie, but I will say – there were a lot of things that just didn’t make sense. As a fan of the franchise, I felt there was a disconnect between some parts of the story of the prior films compared to this one.

(Note: For those who have seen the movie, you’ll know what I’m talking about. I did notice the director used for this one was different than the ones used before).

For me personally, I think the inconsistencies as well as the difference of style based on the prior two films really made this one less enjoyable. To be honest, there were just so many parts that just didn’t add up. And, regarding the style and tone of the film – I didn’t feel as “spooked” as the other two before.

As for the film progressed towards the end, it just got more and more weirder. I won’t spoil it for you but the ending was pretty ridiculous and just looked like it was thrown together. Though, some reviewers liked it – I just felt like it left me hanging. And, that was the overall tone of the movie – it was just inconsistent.

Overall, I was a bit disappointed with the film. As a prequel, I thought this one had a lot of potential. If they could have just filled the gaps with the inconsistencies and get back to the real story from the prior two films, I think it could have been another hit.

If you’re a fan of the franchise (like me) and really want to see how this pans out, I would say – go ahead. Though, if you’re not – it’s best if you just pass on it.

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(Note: If you had a chance to see the film, I’d be interested in hearing your thoughts. Thanks for reading!)

Happy movie watching!

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