A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
No real messages here: Bad things simply happen to some good people.
Positive Role Models
Margot is somewhat intrepid and curious, continuing to push to uncover the mystery, even if she doesn't seem to notice or heed warning signs.
The main character is an intrepid woman, and one of the other members of the trio is a Black man who's helpful and skilled with a camera. But the characters are somewhat underwritten.
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Violence & Scariness
Character shoots self in head. Guns shown. Person killed by monster; brief glimpse of flesh being torn, blood spraying. Character crushed at bottom of deep pit. Bloody corpses (one with an axe sticking out of the chest). Mutilated animals. Smears of blood. Bloody cuts and wounds. Scary sounds. Sounds of stabbing, slicing open a goat; two-headed baby goat. Character peels their hand with a potato peeler (blood). Fighting, struggling, attempt at choking, hitting with metal pulley. Several jump-scares (scarecrow, faces suddenly appearing, etc.). Person on fire. Gory paintings. Snarling dog. Mention of character attempting to take own life.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Brief shots of two paintings of nude women. Sex-related dialogue.
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Many uses of "f--k" and "s--t." Uses of "motherf----r," "hell," "ass," "butt," "pee," "oh God," "Jesus/Jesus Christ."
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Products & Purchases
Brands mentioned include Uber, Walmart, TikTok, and more. Characters dine at a Denny's.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Drinking wine at party. Character drinks whiskey after an injury.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Paranormal Activity: Next of Kin is the seventh movie in the found-footage horror series, though it has little to do with its predecessors. Like the last few entries, it's OK, but it's pretty tired and doesn't have many surprises. Violence is frequently gory and includes guns and shooting (including a character shooting himself in the head), bloody corpses, mutilated animals, a monster killing a man (and ripping his flesh), blood smears, bloody wounds, scary sounds, jump-scares, and more. Language is also strong, with many uses of "f--k," "s--t," and more. There are brief glimpses of paintings of naked women and some sex-related dialogue. Adults drink wine at a party, and another character drinks whiskey after being injured. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Having little to do with the larger franchise, this tired, unsurprising found-footage horror movie is competently made and has its moments, but the characters are often one step behind viewers. Paranormal Activity: Next of Kin develops some likable characters -- especially the towering goofball Dale -- despite some things being frustratingly underwritten (by Christopher Landon, who wrote or co-wrote 5 of the 7 movies in the Paranormal franchise). Are Margot and Chris romantic partners or friends? (They seem like both.) And no one ever explains how Samuel is related to Margot (is he her uncle?) or how the other characters might be.
With Margot poking her nose into every place on the farm trying to dig up information, the movie ends up taking quite a while to get to the scares. It's even possible to forget for awhile that it's a horror movie. When the spooky stuff does get going, Paranormal Activity: Next of Kin doesn't work up much energy. For one thing, the characters seem slow to catch on to the mysterious happenings, pushing further into danger when they should be keeping their guard up and responding to alarm bells. (The whole setup is somewhat obvious, truthfully.) For another, characters are forever carrying their cameras into situations where it would have been better to leave them behind. If anyone ever gets an idea to make an eighth Paranormal Activity film, perhaps that's where the cameras ought to be left.
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