By M. Scott Morris/NEMS Daily Journal
Hollywood keeps making ghost stories, and I blame you for that.
It’s certainly not my fault, because I don’t like them.
Let’s be clear: I’m not chicken. When the movie review crew decides it’s time to see a ghost story, I sit through the whole thing and squirm from start to finish.
So we saw “Paranormal Activity 3” this week, and it succeeded in creeping me out, along with people in the rest of the theater who, one assumes, wanted to be there.
I didn’t see the first two in the series, but this is supposed to be a prequel of a prequel. It takes us back to 1988, when young Kristi (Jessica Tyler Brown) has an invisible friend named Toby.
Over the course of the movie, we find out Toby’s not a friend at all. The menace builds slowly, and it’s all caught on video tape by Dennis (Christopher Nicholas Smith).
It’s necessary to bring up actor/comedian Eddie Murphy at this point. He’s not in the movie, but back in the ’80s, he had the first and last word on movies of this sort: “Very simple: If there’s a ghost in the house, get out!” (This quote was edited for a family newspaper.)
There are two characters in “Paranormal Activity 3” who take Eddie’s advice after Toby starts messing with them.
The rest of the family stays because you, the fans of ghost stories, need them to stay so you can keep getting your thrills and chills. Shame on you.
There are oddities in the plot that don’t make a bunch of sense once you start breaking them down, but they don’t matter.
People plopped down a total of $54 million over opening weekend to watch Toby wreak havoc on this poor California family.
Hey, whatever tingles your spine, right?
I give “Paranormal Activity 3” a C.
It’s showing at Malcos in Tupelo, Oxford, Corinth and Columbus, as well as Hollywood Premier Cinemas in Starkville.
Look for movie reviews in Scene on Thursdays, and listen each Tuesday morning on Wizard 106.7 between 8:30 and 8:45 a.m.
Kelli Karlson Wizard 106.7. She gives “Paranormal Activity 3” a B. “It’s scary, but I didn’t like it, I don’t want to see it again and I don’t want to own it.”