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Paranormal Activity 4 (2012)

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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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Christopher Landon (screenplay), Chad Feehan (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Katie Featherston ... Katie
Kathryn Newton ... Alex
Matt Shively ... Ben
Aiden Lovekamp ... Wyatt
Brady Allen ... Robbie
Stephen Dunham ... Doug
Alexondra Lee ... Holly
Georgica Pettus Georgica Pettus ... Sarah
Alisha Boe ... Tara
Brendon Eggertsen Brendon Eggertsen ... Derek
Constance Esposito Constance Esposito ... Robbie's Mom's Friend
Ty Dawson ... Shadow Boy
Jonah Pasco Jonah Pasco ... Shadow Boy
Rightor Doyle ... Referee
Tamara Bersane Tamara Bersane ... Wyatt's Soccer Coach
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Storyline

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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Trivia

Alex and Ben are girlfriend and boyfriend in the film. In real life, Kathryn Newton who played Alex was 15 and Matt Shively who played Ben was 21 during filming. See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 22 mins) Towards the end of the film where the woman rushes towards Alex and Alex slams the door, she is clearly wearing a dark blue top just as the door slams, however as she smashes through the door with the left arm and upper body, she is now wearing a white top. See more »

Quotes

Alex: [after seeing Katie at the end of the hall] Please don't hurt me!
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Crazy Credits

There is no music in the credits. See more »

Alternate Versions

"The Recovered Files" includes virtually thirty minutes of unseen footage. See more »

Connections

References The Changeling (1980) See more »

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Paranormal Treehouse
Written & Performed by Kathryn Newton
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User Reviews

 
Frighteningly disappointing
21 January 2013 | by annashewringSee all my reviews

Despite only finding at best mixed reviews, I had high hopes for this film as a fan of the series; the original Paranormal Activity was a refreshing change from what had become a stale and repetitive phase of horror films. I was apprehensive that a sequel would be a disappointment but was, if anything, better than the first installment. I enjoyed the third film to an extent, turning a blind eye to the repetitiveness and weak story. The cliff-hanger ending reassured me that the fourth Paranormal Activity would answer the fairly basic questions which are the only reasons that we feel the need to watch every film in this series.

However, Paranormal Activity 4 is the most disappointing yet. Granted, some moments would make me jump…if those moments weren't almost identical to the ones in the first, second and third films. Not only are the scares hugely predictable, but this installment doesn't even answer any of the questions that audiences have. In fact, it somehow manages to raise more, particularly with the frankly terrible ending – OK, so a long time ago, someone in the original family made a pact to give the first-born male to this Demon. The first-born male being Hunter, who was kidnapped by Katie in the second film. We still do not known exactly what this has to do with the coven of countless women who are seen in the third film, and at the end of the fourth film.

Aside from the hopes of sucking more money from viewers who have been drawn into the original genius of these films, I don't see what is stopping the demon from taking Hunter and that being the end of it. Especially now that the demon has control of a Human body (Katie) and all of Hunters family is dead so there is no one to stop it or try to save him.

Overall, this film was hugely disappointing, failing completely to recover from the slump of story line and structure, which the third film saw. As much as I would love to say that I will not bother watching any more of these films, this wouldn't be true because I need to have my questions answered and find out what it's all about. All we can hope is that they do something a little bit different next time and finally wrap up the story.


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Country:

USA

Language:

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Release Date:

19 October 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Paranormal Activity 4: Unrated Edition See more »

Filming Locations:

Henderson, Nevada, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$29,003,866, 21 October 2012

Gross USA:

$53,885,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$142,802,657
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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