I had been skeptical about the series when I first heard about it. I thought it had looked intriguing but was just a cheap gimmick. I wasn't wrong. This entire franchise is a cheap gimmick. The stationary camera just watching is cheap but so damn effective. It's a necessity for the franchise and it works so well. This may have a convoluted storyline but it just makes me want to watch the next one.
This one shows you that no one is safe from the demon Toby's powers. A family starts to experience some strange occurrences when some new neighbors move in across the street. It just so happens that the neighbors are Katie and her "son" Robbie. The movie focuses on the younger daughter Alex and her adopted brother Wyatt are the focal points. They do a decent job.
This movie doesn't just take advantage of a camcorder. This time, anything with a Wi-Fi camera can be used. As long as they don't close their laptops and keep them open. This was one of my biggest complaints. However, I really do like the X-Box camera feature. That was pretty cool.
The scares are similar to the first three movies. But seem a bit more intense. You don't get a look at the series antagonist. But you get a psudo-look at some apparitions. You even get some additions to the Witches coven that was brought up in Paranormal Activity 3.
This is a bit slower and a bit duller, but overall it is just as satisfying as the other entries. It isn't hard to make a successful Paranormal Activity movie. They are all scary, this one is not an exception. I recommend this movie to people that are fans of the series. The quality may wain but the entertainment is still there.
Did ya know...
The chronological order of the films is: Paranormal Activity 3, Paranormal Activity 2, Paranormal Activity, Paranormal Activity 4 and Paranormal Activity: the Marked Ones.
As with the previous three Paranormal Activity movies, Paramount Studios utilizes paranormal investigator/researcher, Christopher Chacon, (who is recognized as one of the world's foremost authorities on paranormal phenomena), to internationally promote and publicize this fourth installment. Chacon also works in the entertainment industry as a writer, director and producer.