Paranormal Activity 3

(R) ★★★☆☆

Modest, low-fi horror continues to find a friend in the cheapo but very shrewd Paranormal franchise. In this prequel, we get to know Toby, the unseen demonic frenemy haunting a young family. The cross-cutting between three surveillance camera setups—one near the kitchen, one in the girls’ bedroom, one in the adults’ bedroom—is more aggressive than in the first two films. These movies are not works of genius, but they are wily reminders of the virtues of restraint when you’re out for a scare.

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