Conclusion: If it were novel, it wouldn't be a Paranormal Activity sequel. Paranormal Activity 4 rehashes the same formula as its predecessors. Sure it places new faces in front of the camera and shakes up the classic "blue" night vision with "green" night vision but otherwise pulls the same stunts and spends a whole lot of time to do little to advance the core Paranormal Activity story.
Excerpt: A normal family in a suburban area is mystified by the odd happenings that start occurring after they take in a strange boy named Robbie who lives across the street. The family's teen daughter Alex (Kathryn Newton) and her boyfriend Ben (Matt Shively) try to capture those occurrences using a jury-rigged laptop webcam system.
REVIEW: Familiar But Fun Paranormal Activity 4 A Fourth To Be Reckoned With
29 May 2013
Excerpt: Because the Paranormal Activity movies are defined by their structure rather than by a visible monster or recurring lead characters or surroundings, it's the filmmaking that ends up having to evolve and change to set each new installment apart rather than, say, the mythology. You're got the limited location, the slow burn, the surveillance gear, the demonic hijinks — it's what's done with these elements that distinguishes one film from the next, a fact that makes the...
Excerpt: De paranormale activiteit lijkt niet te stoppen. Vijf jaar nadat Katie en Hunter verdwenen bevinden we ons in een andere stad waar we Alex en haar gezin ontmoeten. Alex’ ouders hebben moeilijkheden in hun huwelijk maar doen alsof er niets aan de hand is om hun dochter Alex en geadopteerde zoon Wyatt geen zorgen te laten maken.
Conclusion: The fourth installment in the 'Paranormal Activity' franchise ultimately brings nothing new to the table, feeling largely dull and inferior thanks to expectations already set by the previous three. Despite building towards an arguably satisfying and creepy climax, the sequel is essentially a retread that takes a long time in creating any scares.
Conclusion: Most will agree that Paranormal Activity 4 is one sequel too many for this inventive horror franchise, whose charm is almost entirely lost on this lifeless installment. While you can skip this one without hesitation, let me take this chance to highly recommend the original film and note that the first two sequels weren't bad. (A three-movie collection presently sells for less than $20 on Blu-ray and DVD .
Summary: Finally, you need to stay through the credits. Don’t worry. They’re quite short on these films. There is an extra scene that might be a return of an earlier character. It is also rumored to be a tease for a Spanish language spinoff film that is now being prepared. Apparently the film has a huge Latino following, and Paramount might be looking to capitalize. Whatever the real intention of the scene might be, you won’t want to miss it.
Excerpt: Horror movies are probably the most fun films to watch as the evoke a somewhat primordial response (from me, anyway). There’s that feeling of not knowing what will happen, a loud scream, a sudden movement and then…POW! You spill your popcorn all over the floor. Or do you? You see, some horror films and some nearly qualify as franchises nowadays, have become so complacent that it’s not really fun to watch them anymore.