By now everyone knows what to expect from the paranormal activity franchise. A family unit begins to notice strange things going on in their house, leading to the eventual deaths of everyone involved. Paranormal Activity 4 is pretty much exactly what you would expect from the series with a barrage of jump scares and other similar tactics which take advantage of an audience who routinely is asked to stare at an empty room, looking for something out of place. The biggest change in Paranormal Activity 4 is that the main focus is on the young daughter, not the parents of the household, like the other films. This film is told almost entirely from the point-of-view of the daughter which does have a few advantages, most notably the mood being more playful than the other films in the series. I am not ashamed to admit that I actually found Paranormal Activity 3 to be quite fun because of its ability to up the stakes, but this latest installment ultimately fails because of its inability to do so. We are shown what ultimately amounts to a low level of actual "activity" and some of the gags are just dumb and uninspired. The series in general is really running out of ways to piece these various movies together, and the reasoning is getting weaker and weaker. Like I've said, Paranormal Activity 4 is pretty much what one would expect but its inability to provide anything really new or interesting, ultimately dooms it to being probably the worst in the series. Well maybe not as bad as the second one, which was pretty much snooze-inducing.
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