Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Paranormal Activity Four

     So the wife and I got an invite to see a special screening of Paranormal Activity 4 for free, at the Silverado.

     The movie itself was pretty much the same exact thing as the first three, with a few added surprise! moments thrown in to jerk around with the audience. Whereas the first and arguably the second of the two movies had a decent amount of suspense and scare factor, this one fell flat on it's face in both regards.

     Not to post too many spoilers, but the only time I truly, actually jumped was when the protagonist's boyfriend snuck into her house and yanked her off the bed while off screen, a play off of the numerous times the demon had thrown people physically. The rest of the movie was a pathetic, and rather blatant, attempt at shock scares with no guesswork, and unlike the advertisements are saying, no final answers.

     Spoiler Alert! 

     One of the main characters in the movie is the neighbor boy Robbie, who the family takes in after his mother (Katie, the possessed sister from the other movies) is taken away in an ambulance. The boy is silent and strange, possessing a "Fork of Truth" and a century old stuffed sloth/bear/thing. It is revealed later in the movie that this bizarre little boy is indeed not Hunter, the stolen child from the second film, but some other boy with no origin story whatsoever.

     Hunter is actually the protagonist's little brother, who was adopted as a baby. Never explained how Katie lost him, or what the Hell is going on with all of the spookiness. In the first film, it wanted Katie. In the second film, it wanted Hunter. In the prequel film, it wanted Katie (to marry?). In this film, it wants to just be a strange ghost-demon that tortures and kills, and is an all around dick.

     So in conclusion: no questions are answered, only more are added to the pile; a new creepy boy is added to the character roll with no explanation, and nobody is checking their goddamn cameras on a daily basis when strange shit is going on around them. If they did that, the movie would have probably had some damn answers!

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