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This review is from: Paranormal Activity 3 [DVD] (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.