Fear not, fright fans
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