PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 4
Boring, Clichéd Demoniacs
Release Date: October 19, 2012
Starring: Kathryn Newton, Matt Shively,
Brady Allen, Aiden Lovekamp,
Katie Featherston, Alexondra
Lee, Stephen Durham
Audience: Older teenagers and adults
Runtime: 87 minutes
Distributor: Paramount Pictures/Viacom
Director: Henry Joost, Ariel Schulman
Executive Producer: Akiva Goldsman, Steven
Schneider, Christopher Landon
Producer: Jason Blum, Oren Peli
Writer: Christopher Landon
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The movie opens with the demon-possessed Katie character from the other movies abducting her sister’s baby and disappearing in 2006. Cut to another family five years later. The Nelsons have a 5-year-old boy, Wyatt, and a teenage girl, Alex; but, there’s a strange little kid, Robbie, across the street who suddenly starts showing up at the Nelsons’ residence at the oddest hours.
When Robbie’s mother has some kind of illness or accident, the Nelson charitably take Robbie into their home. Soon, paranormal activities start to occur, such as strange noises, a chair moving, a knife disappearing, etc. Also, Robbie gets up at strange hours in the night to wander the house, including visiting Alex’s room while she’s sleeping. At one point, Robbie draws a strange symbol on Wyatt’s arm. Alex and her boyfriend, Ben, investigate the symbol. They discover it’s a sign for a kind of demon that possesses little boys like Robbie and Wyatt.
Suddenly, in the third act, Robbie’s mom returns. She looks absolutely fit as a fiddle. Even worse, she happens to be Katie!
Unlike the first movie, the fourth PARANORMAL ACTIVITY has some of the most boring scenes of nothing much happening for long periods of time. Breaking up these scenes are brief spooky scares. For example, in one scene a kitchen knife suddenly disappears into the air. In another scene, Alex’s boyfriend suddenly drags Alex from behind without her or the viewer knowing what’s happening.
PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 4 is not only boring; it’s also repetitious. Thus, as in the previous movies, there are the same scenes of strange things happening in a suburban family’s home. Also, you get the same ending where the demonic forces in the story eventually overcome the protagonist’s. In this case, it’s first Alex’s mother, then her boyfriend, then her father, and finally Alex herself. The movie suggests that a fifth movie might show what happens to Wyatt.
Modern fans of horror movies have become far too easy to please these days. That’s why you get sloppy, boring, trite horror movies like PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 4. Worse, with the advent of larger and larger secular, pagan segments of society that are more and more bigoted against anything smacking of Christianity or positive values, more and more horror movies show evil victorious in one way or another. In that light, it’s interesting and significant to note that, even with today’s dark paganism, the biggest cheer from the audience at the PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 4 screening was when the heroine is able to escape from a deadly trap set by Katie. Sadly, her escape is only momentary.
Horror fans should avoid the Hollywood hype and skip this repetitious, clichéd non-event of a movie. Media-wise viewers will find the demonic victory in PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 4 abhorrent and infuriating.
PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 4 is not only boring; it’s also repetitious. Thus, the same kinds of things occur with the family in this movie as with the families in the previous movies. You also get virtually the same ending where the demonic forces in the story eventually overcome the protagonists. Horror fans should avoid the Hollywood hype and skip this repetitious, clichéd non-event of a movie. Media-wise viewers will find the demonic victory in PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 4 abhorrent and infuriating.