The art of dark­ness

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Dvds -

WHEN you find a niche with some­thing that works, you stick with it. The ‘‘ some­thing that works’’ in the PA hor­ror fran­chise is build­ing ten­sion and cre­at­ing scares through the ‘‘ found footage’’ gim­mick and it’s al­most as suc­cess­ful third time around as it was the first. This time it’s a pre­cur­sor to the events of the first two flicks. Set in the 1980s, it fol­lows two young girls – the women of the first two movies – as they are ter­rorised by a de­mon out for a lit­tle soul col­lect­ing. As the se­ries’ mythol­ogy and plot­ting ex­pand, things do get sil­lier but that’s just filler in this type of hor­ror film. What’s wanted is scares, and the slow build and freaky na­ture of the

film’s bad­die de­liver that pretty well. Ex­tras: ½ Very lit­tle on the DVD re­lease, just lost tape footage which in­cludes a scare mon­tage and com­mer­cial, and not much more on the Blu- ray edi­tion with the afore­men­tioned lost tape busi­ness and an ex­tended cut of the movie.

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