88 Min | Horror | October 2012
IMDB Rating: 4.5
Directors: Henry Joost, Ariel Schulman
Starring: Stephen Dunham, Katie Featherston, Matt Shively
Paranormal Activity 4 Review: Paranormal Activity 4 is the first true sequel in the Paranormal Activity franchise. All the other “sequels” have been prequels. It’s about this family who has this small kid in the neighborhood who’s mother’s gone to the hospital. So he stays at this family’s house. The family’s daughter and her boyfriend start sensing weird things going on in the house, so they start an investigation by setting up web-cameras to watch over the house. Basically, the thing about these movies is that they’re different from other horror movies, they’re different from other found footage movies even. They’re also creepy as hell. The first Paranormal Activity is one of the creepiest movie, the second is much less scarier because it was a family and not a couple and the third one just shoved all this suspense in your face that it was almost unbearable at times.
Paranormal Activity 4 is definitely a flawed movie though. While it is a fun time, it goes downhill towards the last 30 minutes. What’s supposed to be the suspenseful climax turns into the most boring part of the movie. The ending is fast-paced and a little creepy, but not in the way that these movies should be. It was more action-packed than scary. But this was also a problem the two previous movies had. They had a good or even great set-up, but the last 30 minutes or so were either boring or so in-your-face that it became more like an action movie and less like horror. In the case of Paranormal Activity 2 and 3, both those movies were so in-your-face towards the end that it was almost laughable.
Speaking of laughable (but in the good way), Paranormal Activity 4 is really funny. It has some hilarious lines and it is really self-aware, which is good because when you’ve come as far as a fourth movie, it’s hard to take it seriously. Paranormal Activity 4 is overall a pretty fun time. Although the climax is boring and the lack of poltergeist scenes is disappointing, it has great main characters and some creative scares. while still having a lot of dumb jump scares. See it if you’re a fan.