Get ready for more spine-chilling suspense in this fourth installment of the popular horror franchise as the bloodthirsty supernatural spirit returns to wreak more havoc, instill more terror and claim more victims.
Rating: 3 out of 10
If you’ve noticed a horror pattern lately in our reviews, you’d be right. But hey, it’s Halloween season, and I just love a good scary movie.
Unfortunately, this is not one of them. I have enjoyed the previous Paranormal Activity movies. In fact, they’re one of the better horror series. But this is clearly the stinker of the group. It’s the first one where it really feels like they’re acting throughout. It’s seems way more contrived and the moments where you’re supposed to jump feel timed and are not surprising.
The other huge drawback, and maybe I’m off on this, is the massive holes in the plot. The best one in the series was the second, and that’s because it explained a lot more of the back story to the characters. This one takes a few leaps that just don’t make sense and we never get answers. I realize they’re supposed to feel like found footage, and the plot isn’t supposed to be there. However, they do go to lengths to explain how and why the characters set up a bunch of cameras. Why not clue us in on some background while they’re at it? They’ve already announced “Paranormal Activity 5,” but they won’t get my money at the theater next time.