This installment follows our primary character Alex (Kathryn Newton) who encounters some strange happenings occurring at her home thanks to Robbie (Brady Allen), the little boy next door. Alex’s mother offers to watch Robbie for a few days after his mother was taken to the hospital. While Robbie is staying at the house, the strange occurrences increase in intensity. Alex sees shadowy figures, chandeliers shatter, and doors open and close unexpectedly: things that typically occur in a haunted house.
The problem with the “Paranormal Activity” franchise, in my opinion is that no logically-sane person would stay in a house where the unexplainable continues to occur. Most people would pack their bags after the first night of the supernatural taking over. In these movies, not so much; everyone wants to get to the bottom of things, even if it results in death.
The creepy element in the picture is the children portrayed by Robbie and Wyatt (Aiden Lovekamp). There is nothing scarier than to see a child possessed by an evil spirit: which takes place in the movie. The innocence of a child haunts the viewer long after the picture ends. There is one incident involving a bathtub that will stun a few audience members. “Paranormal Activity 4” relies on suspense. My biggest issue is that the suspense takes quite some time to build, but the jolts that are delivered to the audience are worth the wait.
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