While recognizing the many flaws (and the annoying characters) of the first three installments of the Paranormal Activity series, I must also confess that I’m a fan of the franchise. I like the way, so far, it’s been able to connect the same family together through three different movies, and the tricks they’ve come up with to justify the “found footage.” Mostly though, as I’ve explained in my reviews of the films, what I like about the Paranormal Activity movies is the sense of helpless dread. The fate of the characters in the Paranormal Activity movies are not really in question: They are going to die. The fact that the entity that is haunting them flows not with the house but with the person, and that it cannot be exorcised through any means, makes it all the more terrifying. It’s not a game of if, but of when and how. I’m a total sucker for them, and I’ve been pleasantly surprised so far that each film has managed to maintain my attention.
I’d like to say that would end with the fourth installment, which features characters with whom I’m unfamiliar and a found footage premise even sillier than past installments, if that was possible: It looks like footage will be capture via Skype. On a laptop. They’ll probably even manage to work in a plug.
That said: The kid is creepy.
The film opens on October 19th.