Genre: Supernatural horror, found footage
Running Time: 1 Hour 28 Minutes
Director: Henry Joost, Ariel Schulman
Cast: Katie Featherston, Kathryn Newton and Matt Shively
Synopsis: “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” (UIP).
Verdict: As I had already said on my review on the previous instalment, a sequel would probably be repetitive and it turns out that it was an understatement ’cause Paranormal Activity 4 is extremely boring and surprisingly more mild compared to all of its predecessors, making it the worst one of the franchise. Not only it lacks of unpredictable scares and a satisfying ending, it also suffers the same issues the previous instalments have from fake scenes on the trailer to illogical human behaviour. The only goodie on this film is hot teen lead actress Kathryn Newton, who has turned me and apparently many others into her pedophile. The producers wouldn’t care ’cause they’re still earning from gullible fans and thus already planned for another sequel set to be released next year this month.
Second opinion: “No feel, this time” (Iris Loong; who was hiding behind her scarf most of the time while watching).
Malaysian censorship: Nothing is cut. Not even the F words.
Post-credit scene: Looks like a video recorded in a foreign country where a man walks into a store that has a statue of Jesus Christ and some sort of a witchcraft shrine in the back room. A creepy old lady appears and starts saying something in Latin. The man gets freaked out and dashes out of the stores. That’s it. Apparently it’s a teaser to their upcoming Latino spin-off series.
Rating: 0.5 / 5
R.I.P: Stephen Dunham, the man who played Doug Nelson (Alex’s father) in the movie, suffered a heart attack on his birthday (12th of last month) and passed away.
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Why oh why (part 3)… can’t the ghosts and possessed Katie and whatever just kill them from the beginning and get it over with instead of playing around for so many nights? I seriously can’t think a good reason why the ghost always make sounds in the kitchen to lure their victim all the way there but not attack them until they walk all the way back to where they came from. And why oh why do the characters carry laptops and cameras around to record wherever they go even when they are in massive danger? Read Why oh why part 1 here, and part 2 here.
Most pointless scene: Alex (Kathryn Newton) being levitated off her bed by a ghost while she’s deep asleep but she wakes up next morning on her bed unhurt. Now, seriously, dafuq is this scene for? The ghost carry her to ceiling just to peek into her shorts to check if she’s a “pure virgin” right for their ritual thingy?