Paranormal Activity 3
Leading Children to Occult Evil
Release Date: October 21, 2011
Starring: ** Leading Children to Occult Evil **
Audience: Older teenagers and adults
Runtime: 85 minutes
Distributor: Paramount Pictures/Viacom
Executive Producer: Akiva Goldsman
Writer: Christopher B. Landon
Address Comments To:Sumner Redstone, Chairman/CEO, Viacom
Brad Grey, Chairman/CEO
Adam Goodman, President, Paramount Film Group
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Phone: (323) 956-5000
In the new movie, a prequel, viewers are shown the family of a young girl, Katie, who grows up to become the main female lead in the first “PA” movie and the surprise possessed killer in the second movie. Here, she and her even younger sister Kristi are the focus of the story’s demonic attacks, and while these are handled in brief bursts that are mostly not bloody or graphic, they nonetheless cross the line of being exploitative.
PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 3 starts with an opening scene in 2006, during which an adult Katie drops off some old possessions at her sister’s new house for storage. Among the boxes is a crate of old VHS tapes, which she says are from 1988 and were made by other relatives. After the 2006 family suffers a demonic attack, they find that the videotapes are suddenly missing, which leads to the movie’s action jumping back to the original tapes’ creation in 1988.
The rest of the movie shows how Katie and Kristi’s family, including their mother and her mother’s wedding-videographer boyfriend, move into a new house and are beset by strange occurrences. When the boyfriend sets up cameras around the house to figure out what’s happening, more occurrences are seen. Furniture and household items are toppled and the children are dragged or thrown around at high rates of speed in between conversations with spirits. Finally, an entire kitchen’s worth of appliances disappears and reappears, crashing down from the ceiling.
This leads the mother to finally believe there’s a ghost, and the family runs to their grandmother’s house – only to discover that the grandmother is the head of a long-standing Satanic coven of secret witches, and that they are in more danger than they ever anticipated. Ultimately, the mother and her boyfriend are killed in brutal fashion as the now-possessed children watch. Then, their grandmother takes them away, implying they are to be raised with demonic and witchcraft rituals.
While PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 3 employs impressive restraint in not wallowing in graphic violence and bloodshed until the final moments, it’s packed wall-to-wall with a sense of dread from the scary presence of occult evil in the family’s home. There are also numerous moments played for humorous fake scares. Though the occult forces are clearly evil, they win out in the end, just like the previous PARANORMAL ACTIVITY movies. Also, the little girls and other characters play around with the dangers of the occult. This is more than disturbing and depressing, it’s just plain wrong and can lead to evil occult practices in real life. Media-wise families will make sure their families stay away from the PARANORMAL ACTIVITY movies, including this third one. As God firmly warns in Deuteronomy 18:9-11:
“When you enter the land the LORD your God is giving you, do not learn to imitate the detestable ways of the nations there. Let no one be found among you who sacrifices their son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritualist or who consults the dead.”
Note: PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 3 also contains strong foul language. See the CONTENT section for more information.
The PARANORMAL ACTIVITY movies became popular because they provided scares without graphic violence or sex. PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 3 is packed with a sense of dread from the presence of occult evil in the family’s home. There are also numerous moments played for humorous fake scares. Though the occult, demonic forces are clearly evil, they win out in the end, just like the previous movies. Playing around with the occult is evil and very dangerous. Don’t be fooled by PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 3.