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Parents' Guide to

Paranormal Activity 3

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Slightly more violent prequel connects the first two movies.

Movie R 2011 85 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 20 parent reviews

age 13+

If you seen one you seen them all!

Don't waste your time it's a slow burn for a short ride it's like staying at Disney world to get on a ride find out the ride sucks. Watch House bound it's a New Zealand film no blood no one dies but it's creepy and crazy as hell!
age 15+

Third times the charm

Typical Paranormal Activity spooks. Of consumerism VHS, occult books and Teddy Rupxin.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much consumerism

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (20 ):
Kids say (67 ):

It continues the broken/mixed family dynamic of the previous two films, but the characters here are more sharply drawn and more sympathetic; this family has a more loving feel. The main drawback is the plot. Still somewhat ambiguous, it tries to explain everything and conclude the series. But that conclusion is a bit unsatisfying, more like a whimper than a bang. Overall, though, the movie definitely provides strong chills.

Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman, the minds behind the quasi-documentary Catfish, take over as directors on this third entry in the Paranormal Activity series, staying true to the earlier films' style. Wide, unmoving images from surveillance cameras provide endless dread and suspense, never indicating just where the next shock is going to come from. The movie's most ingenious invention is a moving camera, mounted on an electric fan base; as it moves mechanically back and forth, important information moves helplessly, automatically out of frame, and viewers must wait anxiously to see more.

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