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Paranormal Activity 4 (2012)

R  |   |  Horror  |  19 October 2012 (USA)
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It has been five years since the disappearance of Katie and Hunter, and a suburban family witness strange events in their neighborhood when a woman and a mysterious child move in.


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Robbie's Mom's Friend
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Wyatt's Soccer Coach


The story takes place in 2011, five years after Katie killed her boyfriend Micah, sister Kristi, her husband Daniel and took their baby, Hunter. Story focuses on Alex and her family experiencing weird stuff since the new neighbors moved in the town. Written by Shk1123

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some violence/terror | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

19 October 2012 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Paranormal Activity 4: Unrated Edition  »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$29,003,866 (USA) (19 October 2012)


$53,884,821 (USA) (28 December 2012)

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Did You Know?


As with the previous three Paranormal Activity movies, Paramount Studios utilizes paranormal investigator/researcher, Christopher Chacon, (who is recognized as one of the world's foremost authorities on paranormal phenomena), to internationally promote and publicize this fourth installment. Chacon also works in the entertainment industry as a writer, director and producer. See more »


When Alex first goes outside into the garden with Ben after her night with her friends, her hair is curly. When she returns it's straight. See more »


Robbie: He does not like you.
Ben: What? Who? Who does not like me?
Robbie: You'll find out.
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lazy / conveniently-chosen cinematography genre that's, to me, most unforgivable of all… very, very poor storytelling
21 October 2012 | by (Seattle, WA) – See all my reviews

I am never giving this franchise another dime, nor another minute of my life; mark my words, so long as I live. That's four movies, at approximately two hours per film, twelve opening-weekend cinema passes at three tickets per release… all for what?? There's no bigger-picture, here! There's no larger story being told… there *IS* no story to this story!

The writers are doing nothing more than frantically clamoring to try and keep the series going for just one-more-year. Short pay-off, because they realize they've got NOTHING of substance. Like "Lost," in it's final season, you're left holding the bag, realizing it was all for nothing: the writers had sh*t, and so that is what they gave you… sh*t.

Me? I'm embarrassed I stayed this long. This is my stop, this is where I get off.

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