The Paranormal Activity series is one of the few I know that seems to get more intricate and better with each movie that comes out. While the first was so subtle and creepy it has expanded it’s own mythos to involve so much more than a demonic entity causing chaos. It now involves covens, cults, and new gimmicks in each new movie.
The movie begins by showing the ending to Paranormal Activity 2. We are then introduced to Alex, played by Kathryn Newton, a young teenage girl who is big on taping aspects of her life. She also enjoys the joys of Skype. Alex and her boyfriend come across a boy named Robbie who lives across the street. When his mother is put in the hospital he is asked to stay with Alex and her family. Many odd things start occurring around Robbie. The main question is why?
The story is decent. It certainly follows the main concept of the Paranormal Activity universe. There are a few plot holes and many questions from the past movies left unanswered but considering that, it is still a good movie that is at least trying to bring something new to the table. You can sometimes give it a benefit of the doubt. This movie shows just how expansive this coven really is.
I thought of using computers to show the audience the footage was a clever idea. It worked well with the rest of the story so it moved the narrative along smoothly. There is a thematic element of “the boy who cried wolf” which is really hard to work in an age where you can literally get footage of just about anything from anything be it a camera, computer or cellphone. Still, the movie pulls off this feat and it works out well. The ending felt a bit rushed which is a shame because it really is an interesting movie and I want to know more.
Paranormal Activity 4 is worth seeing if you are a fan of the rest of the series. It brings some new plots twists that were not expected. While not terrifying, it does build on the other movies well. If anything, it makes me wonder where it’s going to go from here. It’s at the very least worth a matinee or a rental.