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I like to consider myself a horror movie veteran. Or better, let's just say that I no longer put on my Huggies before popping in Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan. The slasher films make me jump at times and a good sci-fis creeps me out a little more than I like to admit. I also get a rise out of psychological horrors like the Saw series or The Others. But newly included in the handful of flicks that mentally accost and send my pulse into an incalculable hum, Paranormal Activity 3 gives a whole new meaning to the horror genre.
We're all guilty of jumping and screaming over sudden loud bangs, inexplicable nighttime crashes and obtrusive eldritches who hide in closets and terrorize the living, serving no other purpose than to scare the living last night's burrito out of us. But Paranormal Activity's latest installment has unabashedly taken this horror thing to the next level.
I'll admit, I was apprehensive going into it--somebody give me a 3rd movie worthy of praise (except maybe Back to the Future III...no comments please). Not easy, right? Paranormal 3 drug viewers on a rollercoaster of screams and nervous laughter into a dark one-way tunnel of disturbia and occultism. Some of the implicative imagery and camera usage (the oscillating camera fan for one) will find you white knuckling your armrest. I don't want to reveal too much, but the previews are correct in that the last 15 minutes makes the movie.
Admittedly, this prequel did not completely answer all of my questions regarding the previous 2 (maybe I was too scared to pay any rational bit of attention). For example, what was with the 2006 footage at the beginning of the movie? Maybe I need to rewatch 1 and 2. But it certainly shed some light on Katie Featherston's f'ed up past and gave us a good point of reference for Paranormal Activity 4 (which is already in production according to several blogs and reviews).
My recommendation: put on the diaper and go see the movie in theaters. If you can get over the uproarious screaming and kids crying (yes unfortunately an ignorant mother brought her 7 year old to see this---terrible idea) uncontrollaby, it's worth the $10 (and the $25 you'll inadvertently spend on an XL popcorn and gummy bears).