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Writers (WGA):
Christopher Landon (screenplay)
Chad Feehan (story)
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Release Date:
19 October 2012 (USA) See more »
It's Closer Than You Think See more »
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Rustles up basic, cookie-cutter scares and shortchanges the exposition it needs to begin piecing together See more (240 total) »


  (in credits order)

Katie Featherston ... Katie

Kathryn Newton ... Alex

Matt Shively ... Ben

Aiden Lovekamp ... Wyatt

Brady Allen ... Robbie
Stephen Dunham ... Doug

Alexondra Lee ... Holly
Georgica Pettus ... Sarah

Alisha Boe ... Tara

Brendon Eggertsen ... Derek
Constance Esposito ... Robbie's mom's friend
Ty Dawson ... Shadow Boy
Jonah Pasco ... Shadow Boy

Rightor Doyle ... Referee
Tamara Bersane ... Wyatt's Soccer Coach
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Brian Boland ... Daniel (archive footage) (uncredited)

Sprague Grayden ... Kristi (archive footage) (uncredited)

Sara Mornell ... Debbie (uncredited)
William Juan Prieto ... Hunter (uncredited)

Directed by
Henry Joost 
Ariel Schulman 
Writing credits
Christopher Landon (screenplay)

Chad Feehan (story)

Oren Peli (film "Paranormal Activity")

Produced by
Jason Blum .... producer
Allegra Clegg .... co-producer
Akiva Goldsman .... executive producer
Christopher Landon .... executive producer
James Moran .... associate producer
Oren Peli .... producer
Gregory Plotkin .... co-producer
Steven Schneider .... executive producer
Cinematography by
Doug Emmett 
Film Editing by
Gregory Plotkin 
Casting by
Terri Taylor 
Production Design by
Jennifer Spence 
Art Direction by
Jason Garner 
Set Decoration by
Lori Mazuer 
Costume Design by
Leah Butler 
Makeup Department
Robert Hall .... special makeup designer: Almost Human Inc
Paula Jane Hamilton .... makeup department head
Erik Porn .... special makeup effects artist
Marsha Shearrill .... makeup department head
Production Management
Ralph Bertelle .... executive in charge of production
Allegra Clegg .... unit production manager
Richard Stirling .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Danny Giles .... second second assistant director (as Daniel A. Giles-Valera)
James Moran .... first assistant director
James Moran .... second unit director
Marc Newland .... second assistant director
Marc Newland .... first assistant director: second unit (uncredited)
Jaysene Overton .... second assistant director: second unit (uncredited)
Art Department
Bonnie Betancourt .... shopper
Natalie Contreras .... buyer
Natalie Contreras .... shopper
T. Scott Elliott .... set dresser
James Fernandez .... on-set dresser
Niko Hovartos .... assistant property master
Marc Meisels .... set dresser
Randy Molique .... set dresser
Thomas Spence .... property master
Peter Van Zyl .... greensman
Daniel Vazquez .... set dresser (uncredited)
Sound Department
Walter Anderson .... sound mixer
Laura Harris Atkinson .... dialogue editor (as Laura R. Harris)
Paul Aulicino .... assistant supervising sound editor
Ron Bedrosian .... adr mixer
Peter Brown .... sound designer
Peter Brown .... sound supervision
Kris Fenske .... sound effects editor
Nerses Gezalyan .... sound mixer
Daniel A. Greenwald .... boom operator
Glynna Grimala .... ADR Supervisor
Gary A. Hecker .... supervising foley artist
Craig Mann .... sound re-recording mixer
Gary Marullo .... foley artist
Mike Prestwood Smith .... sound re-recording mixer
Douglas Shamburger .... boom operator
John C. Stuver .... dialogue editor
Jon Title .... sound designer
Special Effects by
Mark Gullesserian .... special effects coordinator
Ted Robinson .... special effects technician
Visual Effects by
Beth D'Amato .... digital paint and roto supervisor
Nick Hsieh .... cg supervisor: Base FX
Simon Marinof .... digital compositor
Tia L. Marshall .... digital artist
Shawn Monaghan .... digital compositor: ILM
Dennis Muren .... senior creative executive: ILM
Karen M. Nichols .... look development
Erik Pampel .... visual effects editor: ILM
Eddie Pasquarello .... visual effects supervisor
Sam Stewart .... digital paint and rotoscope artist: ILM
Delan Tai .... technical support
Matthew Doll .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Jason Holt .... technical support (uncredited)
Jeremy Therrien .... assistant technical director (uncredited)
James Armstrong .... stunt coordinator
Tyler Barnett .... stunts
Emily Brobst .... stunts
Jay Caputo .... stunts
Jennifer Caputo .... stunts
Mark Dirkse .... stunts
John Duff .... stunts
Dana Dru Evenson .... stunts (as Dana Evenson)
Dennis Fitzgerald .... stunts
Karin Justman .... stunts
Alex Kingi .... stunts
Dorian Kingi .... stunts
Megan Lurty .... stunts
Simon Potter .... stunts
Buddy Sosthand .... stunts
Sera Trimble .... stunts
Bryon Weiss .... stunts
Glen Yrigoyen .... stunts
Tyler Barnett .... utility stunts (uncredited)
Jay Caputo .... stunt rigger (uncredited)
Jennifer Caputo .... utility stunts (uncredited)
Dennis Fitzgerald .... utility stunts (uncredited)
Simon Potter .... stunt rigger (uncredited)
Ator Tamras .... stunt double: Sprague Grayden (uncredited)
Sera Trimble .... stunt driver (uncredited)
Bryon Weiss .... stunt rigger (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Paul Farley .... key grip
Brandon Flohr .... grip
Edward 'Gooch' Gutierrez .... grip
Dean Hendler .... still photographer
Joseph Joyce .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Jordan C. Kadovitz .... computer video playback
Jordan C. Kadovitz .... key video assist
Aaron Kroger .... outpost engineer
Nicholas Lareau .... outpost engineer
Damon Liebowitz .... gaffer
Oliver Mancebo .... digital imaging technician
Greg Reyher .... electrician
Sean Roberts .... electrician
Larry Sushinski .... electrician
Buddy Allen Thomas .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Mike Visencio .... set lighting best boy
Brian Woronec .... console operator
Casting Department
Sarah Domeier .... casting assistant
Patty Majorczak-Connolly .... adr voice casting
John McAlary .... casting associate
Caitlin McKenna-Wilkinson .... adr voice casting
Mark Sussman .... adr voice casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Rebecca M. Graves .... costumer
Rosa Lopez .... key costumer
Tania Pacheco .... key costumer
Editorial Department
Michel Aller .... additional editor
Brian Gee .... nextLAB operator
Mark Griffith .... digital intermediate colorist
Greg Hollander .... post-production assistant
George Koran .... digital intermediate additional colorist
Sarah Lucky .... assistant editor
Gray Marshall .... vfx editor
Timothy Llewellyn Moxey .... nextLAB operator (as Timothy Moxey)
Harry Muller .... color timer
Joe Rosenbloom .... apprentice film editor
Bill Schultz .... digital intermediate executive
Daniel Sessoms .... nextLAB operator
Hannah Long .... post-production assistant (uncredited)
Music Department
Daniel Wehr .... musical sound designer
Transportation Department
Randy Peters .... transportation coordinator
Scott Philbrick .... transportation captain
Other crew
Michael Wesley Aycock .... key assistant location manager
Benjamin Scott Baker .... medic
Benjamin Scott Baker .... set nurse
Alan Barnett .... production assistant
Keith Blomberg .... personal assistant to Mr. Blum
Joshua Butt .... production assistant
Tuesday Cowburn .... animal wrangler
Steven Davis .... computer graphics /video playback supervisor
Andrew Emilio DeCesare .... production staff
Karen E. Gilbert .... key assistant location manager
Paula Henry .... production assistant
Julia Heymans .... production assistant
Brianna Hoskins .... assistant production coordinator
Lynn Johnson .... set medic
Jessica Kivnik .... assistant to: Mr. Landon
Jessica Kivnik .... script coordinator
David Kwong .... technical consultant
Ryan Lacen .... production assistant
Megan Lurty .... key production assistant
Tracy L. Moody .... script supervisor: secon unit
Brandon Moore .... assistant to Steven Schneider
Amber Perez .... production assistant
Chelsea Peters .... assistant: Mr. Blum
Jess Pineda .... assistant to Zack Estrin
Sam Schweikert .... set production assistant
Patrick R. Siembieda .... production accountant
Jenny Siff .... script supervisor: second unit
Diane Weiss .... script supervisor
Mandy Yaeger .... production coordinator
Kendra Rasmussen .... studio coordinator: physical production (uncredited)
Stephen Dunham .... in memory of

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Rated R for language and some violence/terror
88 min | 96 min (unrated version)
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Did You Know?

The parents in the film, played by Stephen Dunham and Alexondra Lee were a real life married couple. Sadly, Stephen Dunham died on September 14, 2012 of a heart attack, shortly before the film was theatrically released.See more »
Revealing mistakes: At the beginning when Katie takes Hunter away from her sister, you can see Katie's outline standing outside the doorway but she is still downstairs in the lounge room.See more »
Alex:[after seeing Katie at the end of the hall] Please don't hurt me!See more »
Paranormal TreehouseSee more »


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26 out of 35 people found the following review useful.
Rustles up basic, cookie-cutter scares and shortchanges the exposition it needs to begin piecing together, 20 October 2012
Author: Steve Pulaski from United States

It has become an unintentional October ritual that I decorate the house for Halloween, watch a few horror films, and, since 2009, see the latest installment of the Paranormal Activity franchise. When I walked out of the original film on that faithful October morning, I hoped that the wonderful picture I had just saw would be left alone, and not have the albatrosses known as sequels leaching off of it.

Now I'm faced with the fourth film in the genre, directed by the extremely talented directors Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman, who made one of 2010's finest documentaries, Catfish. This installment is a small improvement over the uninspired third part, yet it has little to offer. The characters are a tad more tolerable, and some sequences, including the end, have a bit more life in them, but when the moments examine the paranormal inactivity of it all, it becomes totally vanilla.

After two films we finally reconnect with Katie from the original film, this time, living on an upper-middle class suburban block with Hunter from the second film. Only in this part, he's called "Robbie," not "Hunter" and is about six years old. Don't question. Turns out, they have moved across the street from fifteen year old Alex (Kathryn Newton), her tech-savvy boyfriend Ben, who doesn't live there but might as well (Matt Shively, of True Jackson, VP fame), her younger brother Wyatt (Aiden Lovekamp), and her parents (Stephen Dunham and Alexondra Lee). When Katie is taken to the hospital for unknown reasons, Robbie (Brady Allen), who already loves to venture into the neighbors' backyard and hang out in the treehouse, is sent to be cared for at Alex's home for the next few days.

Robbie immediately strikes up an unsettling friendship with Wyatt, and it isn't long before Alex and her goofy boyfriend become victim to the paranormal activity occurring in the household. Everything from falling chandeliers, to dining room chairs moving out abruptly, to knives falling, loud thumps, and alarms claiming "FRONT DOOR OPEN, BACK DOOR OPEN" occur and there is little consistency with anything.

Many different cameras are utilized throughout the film, mainly Alex's webcam on her laptop, which she apparently carts around with her everywhere she goes. The main camera is the one on the Xbox 360's Kinect (for those unaware, a mechanism that now comes equipped with the console, which allows the person to use the tiny sensor on the device to utilize motion control and be able to control their character without a formal controller), which, when on, creates little small, green dots that glow and showcase night-vision movement. It's a nifty little novelty, and we can at least see that Joost and Schulman have respectively tried to breed life back into the way these pictures are filmed.

Thank goodness, because there's little that can be done with the story and the scares. We get a barrage of different jump scares, many inactive nights, and lots of abrupt noises always followed up by a startled "hello?" from one of the characters. These films have gotten to be achingly predictable, and it feels like every year since 2010, I've gone on a lunch-date with a person whose intentions I like, but personality and charm I've come to loathe.

I think besides the nifty camera-work, what elevates Paranormal Activity 4 from the monotony and the drabness of the previous installment, is the fact that we have at least marginally tolerable characters to watch as well. Alex and Ben are at times, a humorous riot, and at others, dreadfully unremarkable. Easily, they are the most fun to be with since Katie and Micah, but Katie and Micah were at least trapped in a film that was fun to experience for the first time in a fresh, original manner. Here, we've become so accustomed to this formula that we continue to anticipate every twist and every turn, and we watch in plain awe to see the films border more and more on the line of self-parody.

So, let's say Joost and Schulman make the decision to direct the inevitable Paranormal Activity 5 and Paranormal Activity 6. What they should focus on, instead of repetitive, dead-end jump scares, is giving the audience some insight as to what is haunting Katie and her family and how it came to be. It seems every film, we get a different entity and no explanation surrounding it. When will we get the explanation of Katie's action during the first installment? Or her sister's spontaneous ones in the sequel? Or what about "Toby," or whoever the imaginary figure was in the third film? And don't forget about whatever the hell that was at the end of the third film, and this film, for that matter. Just another sidenote; the last fifteen minutes of this film did not scar me for life, much like its predecessor's.

Paranormal Activity 4 is effective in rustling up scare-attempt after scare-attempt on a basic level, yet shortchanges the larger questions that would offer insight to Katie's family if explored. Some viewers may not want to be bothered by lengthy explanations of the countless questions still at hand or the numerous symbols that have been associated with the demonic creatures in these films. Perhaps so, but to watch the fourth film in a series continue to be resistant in exploring the exposition of its characters doesn't seem like an ideal move. Considering audiences seem to be tiring from the bang-and-scare features the found footage genre has inspired, it would be a pity to see this franchise die before it can fully clean up its messy tracks.

Starring: Kathryn Newton, Matt Shively, Katie Featherston, Brady Allen, Aiden Lovekamp, Stephen Dunham, and Alexondra Lee. Directed by: Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman.

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