I was a little hesitant to go see Paranormal Activity 3, since I didn’t really enjoy Paranormal Activity 2 that much, but I had the opportunity to go see a free, advance screening in New York City last night, so I thought “why not?” I must say, the third movie definitely made up for the second one.
Paranormal Activity 3 takes place in 1988, which is set earlier than the first two movies and it explains how the hauntings began. In this movie, young Kristi Rey (Jessica Tyler Brown), who’s played by Katie Featherston when the character’s older, starts talking to an imaginary friend named Toby. Dennis (Christopher Nicholas Smith) starts to get a little concerned by this behavior, even though his wife, Julie (Lauren Bittner), assures him that she’s just going through a phase and it’ll go away soon. Dennis doesn’t buy it so he sets up video cameras around the house to catch any suspicious activity. As days go by, things get weirder and weirder. Let’s just say, Toby isn’t as imaginary as Julie might’ve thought.
Paranormal Activity 3 was scarier than I thought it would/could be. I had chills during every scene that had a paranormal entity present, which was most of the scenes. There were a number of jaw-dropping scenes and I, a lover of scary movies, couldn’t wait for it to be over at one point… that’s how scared I was. I don’t know exactly what was scarier about this movie than the others, but it was intense. My friends and I were squirming in our seats, covering our faces and jumping nonstop. Thought the Bloody Mary scene was scary in the previews? Just wait until you see the full scene in the movie. As usual, the movie gets scarier and scarier as it gets closer to the end and the suspense is beyond belief. The end of the movie was crazy… something happened that I’ve never seen in either of the other movies. Freaky stuff, guys. Freaky. Stuff. You have to see it for yourself, but be prepared.
On a scale of 1-10, this movie was a 10 in terms of scariness. Overall, I give Paranormal Activity 3 4.5/5 stars. It served its purpose of scaring me (and everyone else in the theater) and I think that’s worthy of a good rating. Not only was it scary, but the story was interesting and it explained things that were referenced in the first two movies. It was interesting to see where everything began.
Paranormal Activity 3 comes out at midnight tonight! If you’re in the mood to be scared, this will certainly do the trick. Perfect movie to go see around Halloween AKA now.