Paranormal Activity 3 review

Unless you have been living under a rock for the last few years, you can’t have failed to have at least heard about Paranormal Activity, the supernatural horror movie with the miniscule budget filmed on a hand-held video camera, a cast bill of $500 and the directors own home being used as the set. Due to this, the movie is forced to focus on the storyline, and they did this very effectively.

The premise is that Micha and Katie are a very happy couple just living their lives, when they start to be disturbed by strange noises. Micha is determined to find out what or who is disturbing them through the night, and uses his new video camera in his quest. They then discover something sinister that could be related to Katie’s disturbed childhood, and the entity which has plagued her family.

The story is very lean and very smartly crafted. The most improvised dialogue flows freely and naturally and the chemistry between Micha and Katie is tangible and adds even more to the plausibility of it all. As the story grows, it builds up steadily until you are hit by the climax, and feel like you’ve been kicked in the guts.

The performance by Micha Sloat and Katie Featherston is worthy of a mention, as they have created characters that are likeable, interesting and believable. Katie especially is very good during the creepier scenes, and the shot of her standing by the bed just staring down at Micha is particularly effective.

This is a real horror movie that proves you don’t need a multi-million dollar budget, huge stars and loads of gimmicks to have a hit on your hands. As long as you have a capable director, a solid storyline and a strong cast you can scare the pants off the audience like the best of them.