Paranormal Activity 4

Paranormal Activity 4

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Paranormal Activity 4

The Paranormal Activity series returns to a contemporary setting and another house of unwitting victims who go about documenting creepy goings-on. This time it's a teenage girl and her Skype boy pal who are convinced strange things are happening involving her younger brother and his odd new friend.

The directors of Catfish and Paranormal Activity 3 return with this fourth instalment to the horror found-footage franchise which picks up five years after PA2. Teenager Alex (Kathryn Newton) and her boyfriend Ben (Matt Shively) keep in touch with their phones and over Skype, both devices document the occult events that start when Katie (Katie Featherston from the other PA films) and her little boy move in across the street. Soon Alex's house is rigged with hidden cameras and an X-Box Kinect that combine to capture another batch of increasingly paranormal activity.

2012Rating: M, contains violence, offensive language & horror88 minsUSA
Horror
Director:
Henry JoostAriel Schulman ('Paranormal Activity 3', 'Catfish')
Writer:
Zack EstrinOren Peli
Cast:
Katie FeatherstonBrady Allen
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Reviews & comments

Variety

Variety

press

Less reliant on slow-burn suspense and larded with fake-out jump scares, this is the first sequel in the series that fails to advance the overall mythology in any meaningful way.

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

Aside from the usual self-slamming doors and flying bodies, there are enough creepy kids and hiding knives to distract from a plot that’s increasingly mobile yet running on the spot.

3.0
0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

This film's strong suit is that it finally feels contemporary.

0
IGN

IGN

press

The film does deliver on scares, and at a time when so few Hollywood horrors succeed on that front, we should [be] grateful for the consistency of the Paranormal Activity films.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

This once-innovative series rolls on without much regard for either plot or character development.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Catfish pair Joost and Ariel Schulman keep the franchise firmly on track with a satisfyingly scary fourth instalment.

3.0
0

I'm slightly ashamed to admit that I really enjoyed the previous instalments of this franchise. They cleverly avoided the pitfalls of the dreaded sequels by offering something unexpected - they went backwards and BUILT upon the story by offering new information and thus furthering the story. It was great. This film however, does nothing but pedal in...

1.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

Less reliant on slow-burn suspense and larded with fake-out jump scares, this is the first sequel in the series that fails to advance the overall mythology in any meaningful way.

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

Aside from the usual self-slamming doors and flying bodies, there are enough creepy kids and hiding knives to distract from a plot that’s increasingly mobile yet running on the spot.

3.0
0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

This film's strong suit is that it finally feels contemporary.

0
IGN

IGN

press

The film does deliver on scares, and at a time when so few Hollywood horrors succeed on that front, we should [be] grateful for the consistency of the Paranormal Activity films.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

This once-innovative series rolls on without much regard for either plot or character development.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Catfish pair Joost and Ariel Schulman keep the franchise firmly on track with a satisfyingly scary fourth instalment.

3.0
0

I'm slightly ashamed to admit that I really enjoyed the previous instalments of this franchise. They cleverly avoided the pitfalls of the dreaded sequels by offering something unexpected - they went backwards and BUILT upon the story by offering new information and thus furthering the story. It was great. This film however, does nothing but pedal in...

1.0
0