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Originally published October 20, 2011 at 10:14 AM | Page modified October 20, 2011 at 10:16 AM

Movie review

'Paranormal Activity 3': a few jumps, bumps

The bottom line on any horror picture is clear cut and simple. How many times does it raise the hair on the back of your neck? How often do you...

The Orlando Sentinel

Movie review 2 stars

'Paranormal Activity 3,' with Katie Featherston, Chloe Csengery, Sprague Grayden, Jessica Tyler Brown and Lauren Bittner. Directed by Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman, from a screenplay by Christopher B. Landon, based on characters created by Oren Peli. 84 minutes. Rated R for some violence, brief sexuality and drug use. Several theaters.

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The bottom line on any horror picture is clear cut and simple. How many times does it raise the hair on the back of your neck? How often do you jump?

"Paranormal Activity 3" manages a couple of hair-raising moments, a couple of legitimate jolts and some funny cheap ones. Jump cuts and the occasional arresting camera angle intrudes on the "found footage" this time — old VHS home movies from our pursued-by-demons sisters, Katie and Kristi, scenes from their childhood and their first brush with ghosts.

But this "Paranormal" lacks the "money" moments that the first two films delivered and ends with a finale that is downright conventional.

Katie (Katie Featherston) drops off some tapes with her sister (Sprague Grayden), and the sister's house is trashed. We're taken back to the videotaped world of the girls' childhood when Mom (Lauren Bittner) was shacking up with Dennis (Christopher Nicholas Smith). Young Kristi (Jessica Tyler Brown) has an imaginary friend. When Dennis spies a shape outlined in a video, he rigs the house with cameras and starts to see the things that are going bump in the day. And night.

You know the drill. The novelty here is that children are menaced. And the kids are on the money.

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