Box art for Paranormal Activity 3

Paranormal Activity 3

horror, thrillers

Paranormal Activity 3 takes you back to where it all began and the activity is more intense than ever. The cameras are on and recording the chilling moments when evil begins to terrorize young sisters Katie and Kristie for the first time.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

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common sense

PAUSE for kids age 16
1 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
4 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Positive role models
2 out of 5
3 out of 5
3 out of 5

Slightly more violent prequel connects the first two movies.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this movie is -- a prequel to both Paranormal Activity and Paranormal Activity 2 -- attempts to explain the events that led up to the terrors in those two movies. Like the others, it's told in fake documentary style, mostly via surveillance camera footage. The scary stuff is left largely to the imagination (and there's a near-constant sense of dread as a result), though this movie has a little more on-screen violence than the previous films did: An invisible force terrorizes two young girls, lifting one up by the hair and dragging her across the floor. Language is strong but not frequent and includes many uses of "f--k" and "s--t." A loving couple attempts to tape themselves having sex, though they only get as far as some foreplay, with clothes on. They also smoke pot.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the movie's violence, both implied and shown. Which kind is more powerful? Why?
  • How scary was the movie? What scared you most, and why?
  • What would be the effect of constantly filming your life?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

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

- Adam Graham, Detroit News, Friday, October 21, 2011

Rotten: Two movies later, even die-hard supporters are going to find all this stuff dully familiar.

- Alonso Duralde, TheWrap, Thursday, October 20, 2011

Rotten: It ... brings fake-out jolts and humor into play.

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

Audience Reviews

2 stars

"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 happening 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."

- LWOODS04, Thursday, November 1, 2012

3 stars

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 pretty 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.

- fb100000145236770, Saturday, October 20, 2012

3 stars

This was decent. I think that maybe I have had enough of this series now, however. Not much is scaring me...

- itsjustme2004, Sunday, August 5, 2012