Parents' Guide to

Paranormal Activity 4

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Fourth in spooky series runs out of ideas -- and scares.

Movie R 2012 95 minutes
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age 15+

Based on 11 parent reviews

age 14+

Most wonderful time of the year

Halloween here we meet again. More spooks, stupidity and confusion than before. In consumerism lots of electronic toys for kids and adults. And for more consumerism you can emoty your account on Amazon with rows and rows of Paranormal Activitiy, Blair Witch wannabes whatever.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much consumerism
age 14+

not even scary

iffy for kids but overall this isnt even scary just falling objects and invisible movements like not even scary

This title has:

Great messages

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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The story here, hinged on one big twist, makes absolutely no sense, and whatever sympathy we used to have for Katie is now gone. Directors Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman -- who came up with some inspired ideas for Paranormal Activity 3 as well as making the unsettling Catfish -- can't seem to find a reason for Paranormal Activity 4 to exist.

The scares have also grown lazy. The nighttime sequences, usually reserved for the big stuff, are now tepid and disappointing, and the daytime sequences, usually reserved for rest periods, are now filled with silly jump-shock stuff, often having nothing to do with the paranormal (i.e., a cat jumping into the frame). Even the surveillance footage is haphazardly explained here, whereas in the previous films there was always a reason for it. The only interesting factor is that the film continues its exploration of "broken," and/or nontraditional family units. But sadly, that's not enough to recommend this tired sequel.

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