November 2, 2015
This final film in the saga begins by showing us the end of the last film, you remember that guy getting folded in half and then the old woman taking Christy and Katie up the stairs? Yeah, that. We then jump to 2013, a family has moved into the new home that was built on top of where the two girls grew up. This being the case, bad things are going to happen. Right? Of course.
The strange things begin to happen when they find a big old camera in a box from the garage, believed to be from the prior owner. Of course, they start filming everything with it and watching the found tapes. It turns out the camera is a spirit camera, designed to pick up supernatural phenomena. And since the word paranormal is in the title, they start to pick up stuff.
Toby makes its presence felt, talking to the family’s young daughter. Through it all they decide to set up some cameras and see things appearing through the new camera. So, we get. People watching tapes, making recordings, sometimes things jump at the camera, other times it is a weak game of where’s Waldo? Much like earlier entries.
I don't know, I just don't feel like talking much about this film, I just feel relieved it is over. It seemed, as the series went on, they were reaching for ideas to throw out to make sure it all ties together in some roundabout fashion, not unlike the later entries in the Saw series (the series that this had supplanted as the Halloween staple for a few years).
The thing about this movie, and series in general, is we are getting the story from the people it is happening to rather than those the story is about. This mean, if you are looking for a movie with actual plot, you would be better served looking elsewhere.
Overall, the movie looks good. Certainly has more of a budget than the first film did. The addition of 3D also worked quite well, it was used rather effectively. Still, it comes down to all build up and no payoff. It ends on a whimper and with that, we are done.
Recommended only for fans to finish it off.
Posted by Christopher Beaumont at 11/02/2015 08:39:00 PM
Chris has been an avid movie watcher for decades, getting into the writing game in 2004. Since that time he has contributed to a number online publications as well as running CriticalOutcast.com. In addition to movies, Chris is a big fan of music, particularly metal, and will never give up hope on his beloved Mets.