As much of an annual tradition now as Halloween itself, the â€œParanormal Activityâ€ series is almost guaranteed to come out with a new installment each year.
Created with a minuscule $15,000 budget, the first â€œParanormal Activityâ€ movie utilized a home video look and jumpy shots to scare audiences with a style that seemed fresh and effective at the time.
It has been four years since then, and â€œParanormal Activity 3â€ has just hit theaters, but it is weighed down by the same monotonous techniques that have been used since the beginning of the series.
â€œ3â€ is a prequel that depicts how the previous two filmsâ€™ main characters, Katie and Kristi, grow up in their demon-infested house.
Similar to, if not exactly like the other installments, â€œParanormal Activity 3â€ utilizes the famed home video cameras to spook viewers with the demon commotion that occurs when the characters are asleep.
While the tried-and -true â€œParanormalâ€ formula works, its age is beginning to show.
As should be expected with a series that doesnâ€™t change things up between installments, the formula of â€œ3â€ feels noticeably stale.
The same techniques are used as before: the perfectly placed home video cameras record their way through the night and capture the actions of a demon doing something creepy, like shutting a door or breaking a light.
The film even goes far enough to use some of the same shots from the previous movies, something that â€œParanormalâ€ fans should notice immediately.
Less fun than its predecessors, but certain to still provide quite a few scares, â€œParanormal Activity 3â€ is an okay way to hang out with your friends this Halloween.
Movie reviewer Jason Berlinberg can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org