Paranormal Activity 4

Paranormal Activity 4 (2012)

A family takes in a young boy while his mother is ill, and strange things start happening around the house.

The third installment introduced a higher-than-before reliance on cheap shocks, and this flaw is even more pronounced here. This is also the first film in the series with an inadequate narrative rhythm; the pace feels random. This undercuts the found-footage trope’s power to build tension and get under the viewer’s skin. Still, the basic formula can’t help but yield some creepy moments, and this sequel has a few new tricks to deploy. The last segment of the film features one of the least credible instances of someone filming their actions in any found-footage film to date.

My reviews of the first three installments:
Paranormal Activity
Paranormal Activity 2
Paranormal Activity 3

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