Categorized | Reviews, TV & Movies

Paranomal Activity 4 Movie Review

Posted on November 13, 2012 by Michael Holland

Available at

    “Dad, what is that?”
    “That is awesome!”

    No dad, that is not awesome. It’s not terrible but it is definitely not awesome.

    I would say “the plot thickens” but to be honest the fourth installment in the Paranormal Activity franchise doesn’t really add much to the mix. I will say that up front. At this point the writers (Christopher Landon, Chad Feehan) have pretty much phoned in the possibility of developing a growing plot and they’re playing with the dangling threads of the previous movies. We see this kind of treatment all too often in other franchises and it is usually a sign that the ride is coming to an end. If the box office is any kind of indicator the general audience is feeling the same as PA4 earned less than half of any of the previous PA films.

    The movie takes place several years after the events in PA and PA2 in the home of a well-to-do family in Henderson, Nevada (a generally nice community on the east/south-east side of Las Vegas). Life is normal for this family until, as expected, strange things start to happen. I can’t say much more without giving away what little plot there is but if you have seen the previous four movies you pretty much already know what you are getting yourself into. Yes, it really is that thin.

    So what about the technical aspects of the movie. Was it filmed well? Was it scary? Was it original in any way?

    Visually the movie looked good so I can’t complain in that regard. This movie actually improved on the work done in the previous movies which is more than likely due to the medium on which all “the captured footage” was filmed. Everything is seen through webcams as we witness the early events of the movie during video chat sessions and later on, as the protagonist sets up all of the laptops in the house to record everything. So we see less “shaky camera” footage which has always been a weakness of the genre.

    As for scares the movie has a few good ones which will not disappoint but the build up to those moments is so slow they may not be worth waiting for.

    The movie also isn’t all that original. Not only it is rehashing what we have already seen in the previous three movies the one element of “new idea” is already familiar to those of us who watch shows like Ghost Hunters and Ghost Adventures.

    Should you see it? Sure, why not. The movie has a couple memorable moments which most folks will enjoy but I don’t think anyone should rush out to see it before it disappears from theaters. Wait to rent it or stream it on Netflix and you will probably enjoy it just enough to be worth your time.

    Rated: 2 out of 5

    Reviewed by Michael Holland

      Tags |

      Print This Post

      Leave a Reply

      Email Newsletter Sign Up

      Click Here to Sign Up for's Weekly Newsletter.

      You will receive horror and dark fantasy updates, news, and more once a week!

      11 Tales of Ghostly Horror

        Reviews Wanted!

        The new Review Guidelines have been posted on the Flames Rising website. We are currently seeking a few good reviewers to help us expand our collection of horror and dark fantasy reviews. RPGs, fiction, movies, video games and more are all welcome on the site...

        What do you get out of it?

        Beyond helping out fellow Flames Rising readers by letting them know what you think of these products, we're giving away some pretty cool stuff. Regular Reviewers can earn free products to review, which is their to keep after the review is submitted to the site.

        Note: We are especially looking for folks interested in reviewing eBooks (both Fiction & Comics). We have lots of great titles in digital format and even get advance copies sometimes.

        Use the Contact Page to submit reviews or let us know if you have any questions.

        The Devil’s Night WoD SAS

        Free Devil's Night | White Wolf