Paranormal Activity 3 (2011) Movie Review

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Paranormal Activity 3 (2011)

2011 | R | Horror
83 minutes / 1h 23min

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Paranormal Activity 3 Plot Synopsis:

In 1988, in California, cinematographer Dennis moves to the house of his girlfriend Julie to raise a family with her daughters Katie and Kristi. Little Kristi has an imaginary friend named Toby while weird things happen in the house. Dennis decides to place cameras in the house to capture images during the night and soon he finds that there is an entity in the house. Dennis's friend Randy Rosen (Dustin Ingram) researches the events and learns that his house might be a coven of witches and the children may be in danger.

Paranormal Activity 3 (2011) Review

Paranormal Activity 3 (2011) is a 1h 23-min rated R an American found footage supernatural horror film that is the third installment of the Paranormal Activity series. It is chronological, the first and serves as a prequel because it is mostly set 18 years before the events of the first two films. Directors Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman have worked on Catfish (2010), Paranormal Activity 4 (2012), and Nerve (2016) together and also their first horror film, Paranormal Activity 3. Paranormal Activity 3 broke records for opening night for a horror film with $8 million and broke records for horror films best opening day in the United States with $26.2 million. The movie had an estimated budget of $5 million and grossed over $207 million at the box office.

Paranormal Activity 3 shows us how the entity became attached to the young sisters Katie & Kristi when they were little girls and how it all began. The film starts with Katie (Katie Featherstone - Paranormal Activity (2007), The River (2012), Becoming (2015), Solace for the Unloved (2015)) and her sister Kristi in their adult years where they were happy before the entity started to trouble them. Katie wants Kristi to store some boxes full of videotapes with recordings of them when they were kids for her in her basement for a while. Adult Katie and Kristi (Sprague Grayden - Paranormal Activity 2 (2010), Biohazardous (2001), Mini’s First Time (2006)) was not seen much in the film. Kristi began recalling/remembering/reminiscing about her childhood as she goes through the boxes.

Young Katie (Chloe Csengery - Modern Family (2015-2016), Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (2014)) and Kristi are moving into their new home in Carlsbad, California with their mom Julie and step-dad, Dennis. I did not enjoy the first half of the movie as much as I did the ending because the first half was mundane. We saw how happy the young family was with the parents being so in love with each other and the sisters bond could not have been stronger. We then met the mother in law who see’s how much Dennis loves the girls but still thinks that Kristi and Katie belong with their father. Dennis (Christopher Nicholas Smith - Enough Said (2013), Little Children (2006), The Reluctant Fundamentalist (2012)) is a wedding videographer, and that explains a lot, like why he has video camera everywhere. The story makes us believe that Julie (Lauren Bittner - Bride Wars (2009), Nobody’s Watching (2006), Spellbound (2007)) pays most of the bills and takes care of the household because Dennis does not make a lot of money.

Julie and Dennis decide to videotape themselves being sexually intimate, but an earthquake interrupted their plans resulting in them leaving the video camera while rushing to the girl’s room. It was creepy to see the dust falling from their bedroom ceiling and taking a form which was in the room before watching the couple. Dennis and his assistant Randy (Dustin Ingram - Vinyl (2016), True Blood (2014), The Last Tycoon (2016), Million Dollar Quartet (2016)) reviewed the footage the next day and discovered the figure/phenomenon. Dennis and Randy set up cameras in Dennis and the kid’s room so that they can capture video footage of any unique entities. The family has been hearing noises at night but chock it up to the house settling. The movie ramps up from that point on as we see what the family encounters.

The video contains very cheap jump scares, tension, violence (most violent Paranormal Activity film), minor blood, mayhem, terrifying scenes, furniture exploding, sitting at the edge of your seat moments, and suspense. There was severe plot holes, no soundtrack and an ending that feels rushed and cheap. All of the actors gave us adequate performances which help the movie a great deal. I have to admit that the film was more than I bargained for and happy I gave it a chance because I was scared for about a few seconds.

  • Paranormal Activity 3 Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 7
  • Overall Score: 6.48
  • IMDB: 5.8
  • MetaCritic: 5.9
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 6.9

About Paranormal Activity 3 2011

Title: Paranormal Activity 3
Year: 2011
Runtime: 83 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror
Score: 3.5 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3.24/5 stars from 84,082 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 84,082
MPAA Rating: R
Paranormal Activity 3 Cast Starring: Maria Olsen, Katie Featherston, Brian Boland, Hallie Foote, Jessica Tyler Brown, Chloe Csengery, Meredith Eaton, Bonita Friedericy, Dustin Ingram, Johanna Braddy, Sprague Grayden, William Juan Prieto, Jackson Xenia Prieto, Rebecca Delgado Smith, Bailey Michelle Brown, Tucker Brown, Jessica Berger, Hayden Sosa, Lauren Bittner, Asher Rowland, Christopher Nicholas Smith, Saige Gernhauser, Marilyn Alex, Jackie Benoit, Jody Carter, Karen Teliha, Paitoon Cheng, Eddie Medrano
Paranormal Activity 3 Writers: Christopher Landon, Oren Peli
Paranormal Activity 3 Director: Henry Joost, Ariel Schulman
Box Office: $103,993,239
Production: Paramount Pictures
Language: English
Country: USA