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Paranormal Activity 3 [DVD]


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  • Actors: Chloe Csengery, Jessica Tyler Brown, Christopher Nicholas Smith
  • Directors: Henry Joost, Ariel Schulman
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, English, Finnish, Dutch
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 27 Feb 2012
  • Run Time: 83 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005A5YYSE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,399 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

In 1988, young sisters Katie and Kristi befriend an invisible entity who resides in their home.

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A leaner, meaner, and altogether scarier entry in the Paranormal Activity horror franchise, Paranormal Activity 3 is a well-oiled scare machine that delivers the gut-wrenching shocks of the original 2007 film.

Fans may initially groan over the plot, which takes the tried-and-true sequel tack of flashing back to the "origin" of the first film's phenomena;  we discover that the diabolical entity that plagued sisters Katie and Kristi (Katie Featherston and Sprague Grayden, both of whom return in "found footage" clips) has been after the girls since their adolescent years in the late '80s. There's an attempt to provide a reason for the haunting, which may or may not rankle franchise fans; its inclusion, however, doesn't interrupt the barrage of shudders and armrest-clutching frights encountered by the girls' father (Chris Smith), a wedding videographer whose skill with cameras uncovers glimpses of the monstrous presence in his house.

Directors Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman (Catfish) have a keen understanding of how to use the corners of their image to milk maximum suspense from a static shot or slow-moving pan, as shown in one of the film's most memorable scenes, in which a camera mounted on an oscillating fan first suggests and then reveals a terrifying moment.

As before, the human element is the weakest link, though Chloe Csengery and Jessica Tyler Brown, as young Katie and Kristi, respectively, are convincingly hysterical at the proper moments. But one doesn't attend a Paranormal Activity film to see fine acting. The franchise is a thrill ride/rite of passage/endurance test for its loyal fans, and PA 3 has the horsepower to stand alongside the other pictures. --Paul Gaita

Customer Reviews

3.8 out of 5 stars

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy TOP 500 REVIEWER on 21 July 2013
Format: DVD
Minor plot spoilers.

I am not a fan of this series. The stories are too slow to build with long scenes of nothing and then the scare is minimal. This movie is the spoiler for the series as we find out from the subtitle "It runs in the family." We do get an explanation. This is a prequel filmed in high quality DVD using a VHS camera. The acting was better in this one. Lauren Bittner was convincing as Julie. In one scene she puts on a mask and scares the guys. She is so happy she got one over on them, she jumps around with bubbly joy. Also extremely realistic is young Kristi (Jessica Tyler Brown) who convinces me she has an imaginary friend named Captain Howdy, er ah Toby. Likewise child actor Chloe Csengery did an excellent job as Katie as she goes screaming across the room.

There is a sex scene that is comical. Dennis (Christopher Nicholas Smith) starts out mouthing "wack-a-da, wack-a-da" porno music and as a romantic sort stampedes right to Julie's chest. There are some strange events going on in the house, so it gets wired for VHS tapes. Now as I recall the longest VHS tape setting was 6 hours (some were 8 hours) which means they would of had to been changed out frequently and viewed for paranormal activity with some scenes lasting for a second. With multiple cameras going 24/7...well you get the idea of how tedious and impracticable this becomes. In one scene the stationary VHS camera is looking at the entire girl's bedroom and then the next second it is focusing on Kristi's bed. While they used the amateur camera for a realistic effect, they didn't stay true to it, which made for a better movie. Maybe one day they will discover how real movies are made.

What is not credible is the wife not believing what is going on and refusing to look at the evidence on film.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By T. Cosens TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 18 Feb 2013
Format: DVD
The third entry in this seemingly unstoppable franchise is a surprise hit. Horror franchises tend to run out of steam very quickly and certainly by the time the third film arrives, however there is something inherently creepy about Paranormal Activity and the fear factor remains high.

The story revolves around Katie's family again but this time taking it right back to the beginning in her and her sisters childhood. The set-up is the same. The film is shown through the perspective of a handheld camera and a suspicious family member, in this case step dad Dennis, decides he wants to film the house at night to catch the spooky happenings.

It is when the camera is fixed in one place rotating slowly that the tension is ramped up. As the camera slowly pans round you wait in anticipation of something jumping out at you. It is this anticipation that the directors have fun with and they knowingly throw a few scares your way.

Paranormal Activity 3 succeeds with some good jumpy moments. There is always an underlining feeling of dread and not knowing what is about to happen. You cautiously watch the screen waiting for a glimmer of something which normally never comes, but it really does keep you on the edge of your seat.

Although the story is well worn and the characters pretty stock, Paranormal Activity 3 is an effective little horror flick. Its also refreshing to have a film rely on slow burning scares rather than over the top gory effects. At 81 minutes it never outstays it's welcome.

For once a welcome Halloween tradition.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Abandoned Void on 13 Nov 2012
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
I love PA3! Of course the first one will probably remain my favourite, but 3 is a lot better than people give it credit for. The scares are genuine and quite clever in places, and the darkness of the developing story is very well done in my opinion. Yes, there are a few plot holes if you wish to be uber critical, but on a whole I think they hit the bullseye with PA3. PA4 ain't bad either! ;-) (Roll on the Blu-ray for that.)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 1 Nov 2012
Format: DVD
The further back the Paranormal Activity franchise reaches in its historical time line, the more "incidents" are put up on the screen. This has proved to be a successful tactic at the box office, where the turnstiles have clicked healthily as horror hungry hounds filter in ready for some more "home film" jumps and demon based peril. Yet Paranormal Activity 3 is proof positive the quite often more is not necessarily better.

The whole thing just looks so tired, where once was an idea that had you darting your eyes around every corner of a darkened house, where anticipation of the slightest thing chilled your spine, now is the anticipation of what parlour trick the makers will use to ensure you really aren't scared at all. And a major problem is that we are learning more about the demon, thus it actually becomes less interesting.

There is some good things in this edition, the roving camera on a fan idea works very well, sequences involving dust and a sheet hint at what a good film it could have been, while a painful incident in the finale has a good jolt factor. But basically it's the same set up only with different characters, where a comedic tone flits in and out and often it's not intentional. The punters piled in to ensure it made pot loads of cash, which inevitably meant at least one more sequel/prequel will follow. Can't say that is appetising in the slightest. 5/10
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