Seen at a pre-release screening in Pico Rivera:
Easily the worst in the once-great franchise, that includes the worst of the four in story development, scares and originality. I’ll coin this The Hangover Effect; though I enjoyed The Hangover 2, I’ll admit everything that made the first Hangover great was contrived and almost lazily executed in the sequel.
Similarly, PA 4 offers up the same style of an in-house, multi-webcam shooting as PA 3; with another random family, a cameo by Katie and exactly the same unanswered ending as PA3. Whereas PA 2 and PA 3 somewhat built off its predecessor, PA 4 was absolutely pointless and proves that this franchise can be endless with random families that have just the slightest association with Katie. It was, more accurately, a do-over of PA3, except not as good.
The tension and scares that made PA a classic and PA 3 watchable were nonexistent in this one. Also, I can’t think of a single scare that wasn’t shown in one of the first three. Overall, a very disappointing installment to a successful franchise. I wouldn’t even recommend it to the franchise’s fans, but if you’re compelled to watch it like I was notwithstanding the ratings, expect to finish the movie wanting more.
Paranormal Activity 4 opened in theaters on Friday.
Rating: 2 stars out of 5
IMDb rating: 4.8
What it should be: 6.3