Fear not, fright fans

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - EGuide Movies -

FOR most of the past decade, those cruddy Saw flicks had a fes­ter­ing mort­gage on the Hal­loween hor­ror re­lease win­dow.

Now that band­wagon has been fi­nally backed into the sewer, it is the turn of the feel-bad, found-footage fran­chise Para­nor­mal Ac­tiv­ity to pay us a visit each Oc­to­ber.

In Para­nor­mal Ac­tiv­ity 3, things are still go­ing bump in the night. A lot.

So the cheap home-video sur­veil­lance cam­eras must keep rolling. It must be said it is a pleas­ant sur­prise to ob­serve just how strongly this low­bud­get thriller fares on a stand-alone ba­sis.

In some de­part­ments, the crafty creative nous of co-di­rec­tors Henry Joost and Ariel Schul­man ( an­other sur­prise, con­sid­er­ing they made that shonky doco Cat­fish ear­lier in the year) takes the se­ries to new heights of im­plied hor­ror.

The big-money scares def­i­nitely pay their way, but so too do the many smaller, sub­tler jan­glings of the nerves.

Plot­ting takes a pre­quel line of at­tack, rum­mag­ing through very eerie old clips dat­ing back to when the PA’S orig­i­nal haunted hero­ine and her sis­ter were small chil­dren.

Fans will not quib­ble with ru­mours of a fourth if these high stan­dards can be sus­tained.



Now show­ing Vil­lage Cine­mas

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