Paranormal Activity 3 ★★½

For me, nothing in horror film beats the visceral, blood pressure-raising thrill of hearing, however softly, the thing that goes bump in the night, or of seeing, however briefly, the thing that lurks in the shadows. When these thrills are coupled with a strong story or strong storytelling, or even an intriguing undergirding mythology, the cinematic results can be very special. With "Paranormal Activity 3," the former is in full-force, but something is left to be desired with the latter. Is the film a fun, spooky ride even though its found-footage formula is wearing thin? Yes. Is it something special cinematically? Not so much.

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