Set five years after the events of Paranormal Activity 2, we follow the story of Wyatt (baby Hunter from the second films) and his adopted family; Alex (the older sister), Katie (the mother), and Doug (the father). All is fairly normal for this typical American family, that is until a young boy from across the road, Robbie, comes to stay with them when his mother falls ill. After not much time of Robbie's presence amongst the family, they all soon begin to discover that something isn't quite right. As more strange happenings continue to occur throughout the household, Alex, along with her boyfriend Ben, attempt to solve the mystery via the webcams from their laptops.
[ADVERT]Although not nearly as terrifying nor gratifying compared to the first two in the series, Paranormal Activity 4 far surpasses the rather mundane prequel as the third entry and in regards to it's entertainment value, works on a completely different level. Despite its clear effort to come off as a creepy and "cutting edge" scream fest, Paranormal Activity 4, along with the latter half of the Elm Street series, has reached a point so far down the bandwagon, that it's just plain funny.
In a nutshell this second sequel into the series is essentially 20% character development, and 80% a seemingly unintentional satire of itself, with more laugh out loud jump cuts and horror clichés than you can throw a screaming teenager at. But hey, at least it's not boring.
Although technically well made in many of its aspects, including the acting and direction, Christopher Landon's screenplay suffers off and on throughout most of the feature. Originality is the general key for when it comes to most great horror films, and although it was clear as day when the first film was made, by the fourth bite it's starting to go off like a stale packet of chips.
If you are indeed one of the many who categorise themselves as genuine horror junkies, let me give you some advice. Make sure you've seen the first three films, watch it with a few open minded friends, enjoy a good laugh or two at its sheer predictability - and if this at all adds to the fun, create a Where's Wally game out of the constant movie references you'll discover along the way.
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