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Paranormal Activity 3 Film Review

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More bumps in the night

A few years ago we were introduced to Paranormal Activity, a worldwide phenomenon that changed horror movies forever. The simplistic method of using handheld cameras to capture footage while the world was sleeping became effective, creating an interesting concept. Last year, the second film was released, though used a home security system to keep an eye on the invisible beast terrorising the family. Part 3 may be a prequel, but new tricks are used to spine tingling effect.

The plot of the film is basic, in that it shows a period in Katie and Kristi's childhood that sets future events in place. To go in depth would ruin the experience, mostly due to certain scares which reinvigorate the franchise. One such detail is a swivelling camera that moves from one room to the other, allowing for build up to some of the biggest moments. Watch with interest when the babysitter arrives.

In comparison to the previous two instalments, Paranormal Activity 3 contains more frequent scares, moving at a faster pace than predecessors. The addition of young children is a step in the right direction, along with extra characters and locations. The last 15 minutes are being advertised as 'life changing' and 'guaranteed to stay with you for months'. While it is a confronting finale, nothing will top that of the original.

With no soundtrack to speak of, or any recognisable actors other than those from parts 1 and 2, the film has to be graded on scares and story alone. Both aspects are successful, but may differ with individual opinion. The screaming from the females in the audience proved a level of achievement, and the silence of the men reinforced that fact.

This is a movie to test your limits, and is recommended highly to those that enjoyed previous entries. It may trouble your sleep for a while, but the challenge is worth taking. Don't expect buckets of blood, teenage parties or pointless cameos. This is a movie stripped bare, and is all the more exciting due to the direction.

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