If you’re still reading this blog, then you know I tend to watch an awful lot of scary movies, despite the fact that I am a scaredy cat, proudly confessed! Last week, Sinister had me on pins and needles throughout, with this latest sequel for Paranormal Activity, I may have covered my eyes more often than not, I still didn’t feel petrified.
Paranormal Activity 4 picks up where Paranormal Activity 2 left off. Katie has absconded with her nephew and she is taken to the hospital was soon as the movie begins. The boy staying with him is forced to stay across the street with the neighbours and all kinds of strange things begin to happen. The ‘twist’ in the movie did take me by surprise, but the family that is haunted is truly unknowing of their peril until it is far too late. The movie follows the oldest daughter as she keeps her webcam on her laptop and phone on at all times, and gets her boyfriend to assist with turning the cameras on all the computers in the house and XBOX.
The beauty of good horror movies is that they make you feel comfortable and then tear that feeling away with reckless abandon. What the original Paranormal Activity accomplished was to deliver a true ‘home movie’ style movie made famous by Blair Witch Project. In the first sequel, the story delves deeper into the lore, following the events that occurred prior to the first movie, showing why the demon was following the one sister so suddenly. The story ties between the first two movies were delivered well. In the third movie, the story flashes back to the two sisters’ childhood and the origin of their ‘friend’ and his connexion to the family. The ending of the fourth movie lent itself well to the ending of the fourth movie, but at long last, the scares have finally become stale.
I was scared, don’t get me wrong. But I didn’t find the story nearly as compelling, despite some very believable performances from some young actors. The idea that the demon keeps haunting people stunts the overall story. I understand that the endings can’t be ‘good,’ but by the same token, there has to be some end in sight, and yet again, there is none. I respect what the franchise has accomplished, but for me, this might be my last time going.