The Student News Site of Appalachian State University

The Appalachian

The Student News Site of Appalachian State University

The Appalachian

The Student News Site of Appalachian State University

The Appalachian

Newsletter Signup

Get our news delivered straight to your inbox every week.

* indicates required

Review: “Paranormal Activity 4” feels stale, predictable

Editor’s note: The following reflects the opinion of the author.

Fans of the “Paranormal Activity” series might be disappointed by the latest installment. “Paranormal Activity 4” moves along even more slowly than the first three movies and fails to answer any remaining plot hole questions.

The first installment of the series brought a fresh change to the horror movie genre.  Instead of a gory slasher film, director Oren Peli created spine-chilling, tense scenes that built towards a shocking climax.

The second “Paranormal” followed the same model and added an explanatory back-story to thicken the plot.  After “Paranormal Activity 2,” though, things fell flat.

The scares in the third movie were almost all repeats of techniques used in the first two, and the new characters did almost nothing to explain the mythology behind the activity in the house, as they were originally intended to do.

Sadly, “Paranormal Activity 4” does nothing to reverse this trend.  The scares are all stale and though the characters are a little different—the main victim is a teenage girl instead of a young couple—the climax fails to deliver anything new.

Even the biggest “Paranormal Activity” fans will find this installment predictable. It uses the same camera technique—victims set up cameras around the house to monitor the activity—though this time, with laptops.  Much of the film is seen through shots of the sleeping occupants of the house, to keep the audience guessing where the next creepy noise or unexpected motion will occur.

One of the only new scare tactics revolves around a Nintendo Wii. Through the night vision of one of the cameras set up in the house audiences see motion detection shots of the ghosts in the house, from the sensors of the Wii.

The film’s climax is the most unsatisfactory of the four movies.  It appears too suddenly to be all that scary and ends just as quickly.  And if viewers have seen the previous movies, then they’ve seen almost this exact ending before.

Overall, the “Paranormal Activity” franchise has run its course, and “Paranormal Activity 4” has failed to bring it back to life.

Rating: One out of four stars.

Story: EMMA SPECKMAN, Senior A&E Reporter

Leave a Comment
Donate to The Appalachian
$1065
$5000
Contributed
Our Goal

We hope you appreciate this article! Before you move on, our student staff wanted to ask if you would consider supporting The Appalachian's award-winning journalism. We are celebrating our 90th anniversary of The Appalachian in 2024!

We receive funding from the university, which helps us to compensate our students for the work they do for The Appalachian. However, the bulk of our operational expenses — from printing and website hosting to training and entering our work into competitions — is dependent upon advertising revenue and donations. We cannot exist without the financial and educational support of our fellow departments on campus, our local and regional businesses, and donations of money and time from alumni, parents, subscribers and friends.

Our journalism is produced to serve the public interest, both on campus and within the community. From anywhere in the world, readers can access our paywall-free journalism, through our website, through our email newsletter, and through our social media channels. Our supporters help to keep us editorially independent, user-friendly, and accessible to everyone.

If you can, please consider supporting us with a financial gift from $10. We appreciate your consideration and support of student journalism at Appalachian State University. If you prefer to make a tax-deductible donation, or if you would prefer to make a recurring monthly gift, please give to The Appalachian Student News Fund through the university here: https://securelb.imodules.com/s/1727/cg20/form.aspx?sid=1727&gid=2&pgid=392&cid=1011&dids=418.15&bledit=1&sort=1.

Donate to The Appalachian
$1065
$5000
Contributed
Our Goal

Comments (0)

All The Appalachian Picks Reader Picks Sort: Newest

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *