First off, the third installment of the series is an "origins" type film. The first film explored the "demon" that haunted Katie and Micah. The second explored how the demon ended up attached to Katie. The third one attempted to explain how the demon, Toby, ended up in the family. Yup, the demon's name is Toby. I don't have anything against the name Toby, but I just would have thought that something that should be frightening would have a more menacing name. Then again, it could be it's "nice" name to appeal to the girls. Anyways, after about an hour of freaky noises and flying furniture, we finally get to what the film sets out to accomplish; the family deals with witchcraft. Yup, that's it and I must admit that it was kind of a let down.
I don't mind going deeper into a back story. If done correctly, it can be awesome. Paranormal Activity 3 failed to delivery mainly because it stuck to the same formula that sucked audiences in for the first 2 films and hastily cut 15 mins of film in an attempt to piece it all together. You hear of the witchcraft involvement, you see a weird symbol or two, but you don't get the satisfaction of knowing what it all means. Is the grandmother the head which? Who called Toby into the family? Who initially started the whole first born thing? What's with the "I'll do what you want?" business? What was with the whole, "getting married to Toby" thing? I mean, I understand that they want to leave audiences wanting more but the last few minutes being rushed just didn't seem right. A lot of things are thrown at you at once instead of them being spread out throughout the film. It takes away the effectiveness of the plot when things are left unexplained.
|Believe it not, this was on of the more tense moments in the film.|