Paranormal Activity 4 (2012)
May 18, 2024 3:46 PM - Subscribe

[TRAILER] It has been five years since the disappearance of Katie and Hunter, and a suburban family witness strange events in their neighborhood when a woman and a mysterious child move in.

Starring Kathryn Newton, Matt Shively, Aiden Lovekamp, Brady Allen, Stephen Dunham, Alexondra Lee, Katie Featherston.

Directed by Henry Joost, Ariel Schulman. Screenplay by Christopher Landon. Story by Chad Feehan. Produced by Jason Blum, Oren Peli for Blumhouse. Cinematography by Doug Emmett. Edited by Gregory Plotkin.

23% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes.

Currently streaming in the US on Max. JustWatch listing.
posted by DirtyOldTown (4 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I wouldn't argue this is great, but most of the bad reviews are about this having done the same yet again, not about it having done its thing poorly. If you're still into the premise, it's solid enough.

The Kinect/night vision scenes are great, Kathryn Newton starts her scream queen journey, and Yard Full of Creepy Karens is a banger closing image.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 3:48 PM on May 18

Kathryn Newton absolutely carries the movie. Her performance seems very authentic to me.

The idea of setting up the household computers to spy on everyone was an interesting way to carry forward the "found footage" concept. The Kinect trickery was spooky.

I was a bit taken aback by Alex walking out of the house carrying her computer around. Maybe people do that around the house, I dunno, but outside? And I didn't care for the scene in the garage. The "attack" didn't seem to fit the motif of the PA movies. (What? "Toby" can drive a car?) (It also seemed like a callback to The Car.)

Still, it's a solid film that seems to wrap up the PA series. (PA: Ghost Dimension was not great.)
posted by SPrintF at 5:05 PM on May 18

I feel like this one is a little underrated too. The Kinect imagery is some of the creepiest in the whole series, the creepy kid is creepy, and we get a lot more lore. I didn't much care for the end but it does have some great details, like how all the windows in the house next door are newspapered over.
posted by whir at 7:20 AM on May 20

As camera gimmicks in the series go, the Kinect is second only to the oscillating fan from PA3. Wonderful use of a common household thing, you know?
posted by Pope Guilty at 9:58 AM on May 20

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