Paranormal Activity 4 brings the fans of the previous franchises to a new horror story that will surely keep them up all night. This upcoming horror film explores the world of the unknown which haunts a family. It has been five years since Katie and Hunter disappeared. Now the lives of a suburban family start to change when they start witnessing occurrences that are beyond explanation. All these strange events in the neighbourhood seem to have started when a woman a mysterious child moves in their town. Paranormal Activity 4 is going to be shown in cinemas on October 19th 2012, let’s take a look at some early reviews from critics in the country.
“Paranormal Activity 4: A Slightly Monotonous Round of The Franchise
You’ve seen those TV ads for the Paranormal Activity movies in which night-visioned moviegoers jump and scream at the latest PA flick they were lucky enough to get an advanced showing of. I attended such a screening of PA4. All the attendees were required to sign a release form allowing Paramount Pictures to use their likenesses in the marketing of the film, and before the movie started, the audience was reminded again, nudge nudge, that they just might end up in a commercial for the film. The implication was very clear: Act super scared and be over-the-top dramatic, and you could be on TV!
Even given that push, even with that sorta promise of 1.5 seconds of kinda fame, it was impossible for this audience to fake terrorization. The rampant dullness of the movie is shocking, I will grant it this much. Ironically, for all that, as with the earlier films, it’s mostly about watching people sleep, PA4 might best be used as a soothing nightlight, it’s that monotonous.
Almost plotless, pretty pointless, and entirely unscary, Paranormal Activity 4 may be one of the most unnecessary sequels ever, certainly of the variety that gets a big-budget global release instead shamefully shuffling off directly to DVD, or maybe to a “world premiere” on basic cable. “The basic found-footage conceit of accidentally capturing a malevolent poltergeist on home video equipment was more than played out by the just tolerably not unnovel PA1, and it decayed into forgettable instant irrelevance — even more so than other mainstream movies these days! — with its first sequel.”
The rest of the review can be found at Flickfilospher
Here’s a more positive review on this new movie from Matthew Leyland:
“Paranormal Activity 4 Gives A Step Up From Its Prequel PA3
Attempts to keep the franchise young – sparky teens (Kathryn Newton, Matt Shively), modern gadgets (including the year’s eeriest product placement) – can’t disguise the novelty wearing thin.
But this is a step up from prequel Paranormal Activity 3, a rumbling ghost train of (nervous) giggles, fake scares and real ones.
Aside from the usual self-slamming doors and flying bodies, there are enough creepy kids and hiding knives to distract from a plot that’s increasingly mobile yet running on the spot.”
The original article can be found at totalfilm.com
Paranormal Activity 4 stars Katie Featherston, Kathryn Newton and Matt Shively. It is also directed by Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman.
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