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The Paranormal Activity franchise continues with this third outing from Paramount Pictures. Oren Peli and Jason Blum return to produce the highly secretive feature, with Catfish's directing duo of Hen... read more read more...ry Joost and Ariel Schulman taking on the helming duties. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi

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DVD Release Date: January 24, 2012

Stats: 6,742 reviews

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  • June 5, 2014
    Going even deeper into its mythology, the third movie is certainly sacrificing the things which made the second so scary to develop a more interesting story. By the end of this movie my teeth were clenched together so hard that my jaw was hurting. Pure terror and dread up until a... read more spine chilling climax make this movie the most effective, although not the scariest.
  • January 6, 2014
    It would have been a better film had it not been made as "Found Footage," because there is real ingenuity in the way this prequel scares its audience and expands on the mythology, but the drawbacks to this style, such as long drawn out periods of nothing happening and limited per... read morespectives, are now at their most evident.
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    November 2, 2013
    The same, tired tricks are used, but these do not take away from the film's ability to engage. It is in fact more involved than its predecessors, and delivers just as many, if not more, scares. The acting, in typical Paranormal Activity fashion, is raw and believable. The found-f... read moreootage genre may be overused at this point, but it works well in this film, and helps create the required suspense. The plot twist was completely unexpected and brilliantly developed. This film is a heart-pounding, entertaining chapter with more thrills and chills than most horror films in recent memory.
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    April 14, 2013
    The "Paranormal Activity" series began with an incredibly original premise, followed by a jolting sequel that met all expectations. This time, we go even further back in time to see how how the "activity" all began when the lead actresses of the first two films were little girls.... read more The first half of the film seems to begin just like the others, in terms of subtle jokes, but we are lead to believe that none of the people have been exposed to any of this "activity" before. This is a great change of pace and when the first night of "activity" begins, you are much more engaged than you were for the first sequel. The fact that the scariest part of the second film took place in the babies crib, is insane, because we are now given an entire story based on little girls. The horror is fantastic, providing much needed suspense that the second one lost a bit of, while throwing in jump scares that are surprisingly not laughable for once. I have come to realize that these films try to traumatize you into going to bed at night, and for what I feel when I walked out of the cinema, it definitely does it's job; However, I have been through the first two films, so I know what to expect. "Paranormal Activity 3" has clever camera angles, much appreciated comic relief, and a back story that will have any fan on the edge of their seat. This film lives up to all it's hype, surpassing the second, but not quite reaching the greatness of the original. Still, I love watching the progression of these films into the franchise it one day will become. This is a great instalment!
  • March 20, 2013
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  • November 1, 2012
    "Yes, I saw another one. I don't have much choice in seeing these films. I blame my ten year old niece. She loves them and I promised to watch them with her. But I wasn't as annoyed with this one as I have been with the previous movies. I think it's because their was more happeni... read moreng in this one. I didn't get as bored. Plus they raised the creepy factor with the kids. I still don't care for these films, but I thought this one was watchable."
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    October 20, 2012
    I rewatched this the other night, and this is the review I wrote last October, still feel the same way for the most part. But I will say this movie holds up very good for a second viewing. While not my favorite horror movie series, the "Paranormal Activity"movies have been pret... read morety decent. Number 3 is basically the same as the first two, with a couple little twists and turns, and a different type of ending. There are lots of door shutting on there own, things going bump in the night, and good jolting scares. Who knew that a fan that blows side to side could be so scary? But what sets this apart from the first to, is the was the suspense builds. I'd credit that with the directors Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman. They created a movie called "Catfish" that came out last year. That movie really doesn't go anywhere and is a different type of movie, but it's suspenseful as hell. These guys really know how to build tension with a movie, especially with no budget. The final 10/15 minutes of the movie are very good and well done. I miss having a new "Saw" movie this Halloween, but you can do a lot worse than "Paranormal Activity 3". I'm sure this time next year I'll be reviewing number 4.
  • August 5, 2012
    This was decent. I think that maybe I have had enough of this series now, however. Not much is scaring me...
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    May 31, 2012
    No surprises here. This movie sucked. It's just the same old drivel. You get to watch people sleep or sit around doing nothing. Sooner or later a door will slam really loudly, then it'll wake me up for a few minutes before the next loud noise. I guess the director's plans to... read more spice things up this time, was a "spine-tingling" game of "Bloody Mary". Which last I checked, was only mildly creepy back when I was six. This film is the epitome of a brain-dead garbage, that represents everything that I hate about horror movies. If you like the first two, you suck. If you didn't, avoid this excrement too.
  • May 22, 2012
    2 and a half

Critic Reviews

Adam Graham
October 21, 2011
Adam Graham, Detroit News

Joost and Schulman sustain a consistent sense of dread, playing with our own fears of things that go bump in the night. Full Review

Stephen Whitty
October 21, 2011
Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger

If you haven't seen the first two movies, why are you watching this? And if you have seen the first two movies, why do you need to watch this? Full Review

Peter Howell
October 21, 2011
Peter Howell, Toronto Star

Series creator Oren Peli and his conscripts have managed to do it again, but you have to wonder how far they can continue to push this found-footage angle. Full Review

Kyle Smith
October 21, 2011
Kyle Smith, New York Post

The shtick movie "Paranormal Activity 3" is the horror equivalent of vaudeville comedy: a little patter, a little pie in the face, repeat. Full Review

Claudia Puig
October 20, 2011
Claudia Puig, USA Today

This third Paranormal is a prequel that occasionally goes off the rails but also offers more laughs and somewhat more character development than the previous installments. Full Review

Andy Webster
October 20, 2011
Andy Webster, New York Times

It ... brings fake-out jolts and humor into play. Full Review

Mark Olsen
October 20, 2011
Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times

Far and away the sharpest, most wildly aware film in the series. Full Review

Mark Holcomb
October 20, 2011
Mark Holcomb, Village Voice

There's something to be said for giving people what they want, but in genre movieland, that strategy droops into lazy cynicism quicker than you can say Saw 3D. Full Review

Ty Burr
October 20, 2011
Ty Burr, Boston Globe

"Paranormal Activity 3'' has no interest in art. It just wants to give you the willies with a minimum of gore and a maximum of camcorder dread, and it succeeds. Full Review

Joe Neumaier
October 20, 2011
Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News

There are only so many times bodies can be dragged out of frame and tables levitated before the biggest scare of all is the threat of tedium. Full Review

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