Friday, 22 March 2013

Paranormal Activity 4 Review

Paranormal Activity 4 Review

Year: 2012
Stars: Stephen Dunham, Katie Featherston, Matt Shively
Directed: Henry Joost, Ariel Schulman
Running Time: 88 mins

Let’s see what this flogged horse has in store for us. Henry Joost (directed PA3 and that Catfish documentary) and Ariel Schulman (Also PA3 and Catfish) bring us part 4 on a budget of $5million.
Set in 2011 that’s right it’s 5 years after the last one, Alex (Kathryn Newton, Bad Teacher and TV series Gary Unmarried) experiences some strange goings on when some new neighbours move into town a woman and her son.

We get a quick recap at the beginning of what happened with Katie and Hunter. We join the new movies protagonists on Halloween collecting candies. The older girl and boy (Ben) off camera go to a party afterwards.
You know the way these movies work it’s a slow build up to something big a reveal usually or some way to elongate the story. This one is no different just with a completely unrelated cast to any of the previous movies.
What it does have is it lets you know what happened to Katie and Hunter since the original, well at least what they’re doing now, they live in a new suburb and Hunter is one of them odd children people are either freaked out by or feel sorry for. As Alex delves deeper into their life more and more strange happenings occur. There are some interesting uses of items/implements in this movie compared to others that made me smile.
The ending is pretty much the same as the others in that it all comes to a death filled crescendo, you know I don’t spoil endings here at THN so I’ll halt there.

The effects are reasonable and on par with the others, so are the acting and writing these movies aren’t bad. It’s like the saw series it’s just there and their people fodder if they keep watching they’ll keep getting made.
You all know here at THN that I’m not a huge fan of real footage or shaky cam things that aside this movie as part of the PA series is standard and if you like the others you’ll like this one.
So for that reason I give this a 3 star mark based on the rest of the series.

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  1. I know I’m in the minority with this one, but I still had a good time with this flick even though it was nothing all that special from what’s been done before. Maybe I’m just too much of a fan. Good review Jack.

  2. Each to their own Dan O i only give my perspective on what i think it's like it's up to others to read my reviews and decide if they want to give it go, happy easter ;)