Directed By - Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman
Paranormal Activity 4 is the tale of Alex (Kathryn Newton) and her family. A fairly normal family with everyday problems. Alex has has a little brother named Wyatt (Aiden Lovekamp) who is at the center of the story. A woman and her son move in across the street from them and, they start seeing the mysterious boy at odd times. The woman has to spend a few days in the hospital for some reason so, the boy named Robbie (Brady Allen) stays with the family for a few days. This is where things get scary and, I got lost. The strange Robbie is just that, strange. I'm sure the things he says and does were intentional by the writer and directors. Was there something in the previous films about an old fork that can tell the future? I don't remember but, Robbie does. When things get scary, Alex's boyfriend Ben (Matt Shively) sets up the numerous computers the family has to record everything on their webcams. I guess this family has a computer in every room. Lucky them. Between them and the camera that Alex always seems to have on, we don't miss a beat. Lucky us. No one questions why she is always video recording everything? No one? Things do get scary because, according to Robbie, the ghost (Toby) doesn't like them. The scares were decent but, predictable. It didnt do anything new in that department. The family's cat was scarier than the ghost at times.
The one saving grace in the film is the acting. It was quite good for an unknown cast. Alex and Ben were very sharp. Likeable characters who, you do develop a relationship with. The child actors in the roles of Wyatt and Robbie were typical inexperienced actors. Not very good in the least. Paramount made this film on the quick and cheap. With a budget of only 6 million dollars, filmed in July of this year, the turnaround is quick and profitable. Promising part 5,6,7 so on and so on. Is this a good thing, you ask? NO WAY! stop these shenanigans now, Paramount! A total reboot is the only way to save this franchise. The story is becoming way to complex. Complex stories do not work in horror films like this. Never have, never will. Stay after the credits to be "treated" to a bonus scene. All I can say is Paranormal Fiesta, anyone? It made no sense to me, at all. Maybe I'm too old or something went over my head. Directed by the talents of Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman (Catfish), Paranormal Activity 4 was confusing, typical and pointless. If only they reboot with a new story and loose the "found footage" motif, this could be a better franchise. As is, it's just dumb.
1 and a half stars out of 5.