Me and My Nine Iron

October 20, 2012

Paranormal Activity 4 review

Filed under: Movie reviews — BJ @ 4:02 pm

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




1 Comment »

  1. Good review BJ. While the first two follow-ups at least attempted to give us something new and create a mythology, part four is bereft of ideas and rehashes moments from both its precursors and classics of the horror genre. I didn’t hate it, but it definitely didn’t take me by storm.

    Comment by CMrok93 — October 21, 2012 @ 9:15 pm | Reply

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