I unashamedly love found footage movies and I have loved every Paranormal Activity movie to date, with part 3 actually being my favorite so far. I love that this franchise has become the new millennium’s answer to the 80s horror franchises like Friday the 13th and Nightmare on Elm St. And although many critics will slam the Paranormal Activity series, we must remember that those 80s series had pretty terrible entries while Paranormal has been pretty consistent so far. As far as I am concerned keep bringing them on every October, I am up for it.
Paranormal Activity 4 picks up where part 2 left off. Katie (Katie Featherston), now possessed, kidnapped her nephew Hunter and disappeared 5 years ago. In present day a young girl named Alex (Kathryn Newton) and her parents and little brother Wyatt (Aiden Lovekamp) observe a single mother and her strange young son move in across the street. After the mother is hospitalized mysteriously, the family agrees to take in the young boy Robbie (Brady Allen) until his mother returns home. Robbie acts very strange and befriends Wyatt, who in turn also begins acting strange. Alex is convinced that Robbie has brought a supernatural presence with him to her house and documents the happenings on various webcams around the house while trying to figure out what is going on with the help of her boyfriend Ben (Matt Shively).
Being a diehard fan of the series, I did enjoy Paranormal Activity 4, but I found it to be the last creative of the series. There were many unexplained plot holes that didn’t make any sense, and even the scares seemed to be less logical and less frequent. While some gimmicks worked very well, like the Xbox Kinect infrared pixel dot scenes, I found myself wanting more to happen with the paranormal occurrences. Still, the movie kept me interested, the characters were likable and relatable and the gimmicky parts worked well for the most part. Paranormal Activity 4 may be my least favorite of the series, but fans will still find a lot to enjoy here.
The Blu-ray from Paramount keeps in perfect line with the series so far. While the image here might not pop like a big Hollywood film, the idea of home videos is accurately represented and looks great. Detail and clarity are great and color is natural looking. A nice presentation overall with some interesting special features including 30 minutes more of footage from the movie, although most of it does not include any paranormal activity ironically.
Available January 22, 2013 on Unrated Blu-ray and DVD.