Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Paranormal Activity 3 (2011)

Paranormal Activity 3 (USA, 2011) - Color, Director(s): Henry Joost & Ariel Schulman
MPAA Rating: R
[UK: 15]
Approx. 83 min.

Z-rating: 4 out of 5 stars for being the best of the bunch

Cheese Factor: 1 out of 5 stars 

Yet another prequel in this second sequel, this movie takes place in the 80's when Katie and Kristi are just little girls. We're introduced to their parents and we see how the haunting first began. Kristi starts talking to an "imaginary" friend but as it turns out, it's the demon that will be haunting them in the first two movies(?) Slowly it becomes increasingly violent and aggressive towards the family, and visitors, until they attempt to escape by going to grandma's house. The ending is dark and a bit surprising, making for a fantastic backstory to the Paranormal Activity films.

Dis sum of dat good shit...

This movie is doing it right and delivers on some satisfying moments. Finally, the footage in the beginning that's supposed to be like "home movies" actually involves a sex scene!!! Okay, so they don't really get to the sex or show any real nudity before they're interrupted by the same evil force that's been haunting the family for three generations of movies but I've always wondered why there wasn't more stuff like that on the tapes. Not to mention that they're smoking a little pot right before the crazy shit starts happening. That's what I like about this movie, it starts off a little more realistically than the others. Sex and drugs are what I expected to see on someone's old tapes before trying to catch ghosts on tape. 

One of the creepiest parts of the movie...

I also like the direction that they went for the ending as it delves a little deeper into the supernatural explanation of what's going on. Black magic, witches' covens, and demonology. How can you go wrong?

Nudity: Sadly, none. But at least the parents ATTEMPT to film themselves having sex. All we really get is a heavy petting session with some bra and panties before they're interrupted by an "earthquake".

"Baby, did you just feel the Earth move?"

Gore: None.

Awesome: Pretty awesome. This one pulls off an entertaining story mixed with some decent scares. The only complaint I have is that a lot of the scenes shown in the trailer don't appear in the movie and I liked the Bloody Mary scene from the trailers more than I did the one that actually ends up in the movie. I felt like there was a lot of potential for a good jump scare but I guess they wanted to keep audiences guessing. Check out the trailer but don't be misled, a lot of the scenes are different in the actual movie.