Paranormal Activity 3 happens before Part 1 & 2, as now established franchise antagonist Katie is visited by ghastly demons for the first time in her life. In 1988, she is a suburban child whose father is obsessed with VHS. No one in their right mind would shoot this amount of footage on videocassette, but the writers drop a few lines of dialogue to get around the anachronism.
Children are the stars, here. They are both the most vulnerable and scariest element of the movie. The performances are nothing out of the ordinary, but the blocking is superb considering what subgenre is being exploited and what technologies were available in the 80’s. The camera is used in creative ways and makes this period piece more layered than it appears.
The film is tense and scary. Like the two previous ones, it burns slowly and feels a little cold. Those looking for stability and continuity, though, will find it at every turn. The mythos is expanded on and based on things that were said before. The film was namely shot on 35MM, so it is grainy and blurry. It transports us back in a time when horror was in a better state…