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A Quick Look At What May Or May Not Be In PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 4!!

The Kidd here...

I've been an unapologetic fan of the PARANORMAL ACTIVITY series since the beginning, and while they haven't been able to match the terror generated by the first film yet, the franchise has still managed to produce solid entries into the haunted house horror sub-genre over the last two films. (I get that the films aren't everyone's thing, so, if they're not your bag, just don't watch them - they're not going to change what they're doing at this point.)

However, if I can lay one big slab of criticism at the series' feet, it'd be to not make promises you don'tintend to keep, namely don't show footage or trailers made up entirely of stuff that is not making the final cut of the movie.

I have no problem with misdirection, or choosing not to give away all your best moments in advance. I'm in favor of that to an extent, but not when it means teasing your potential audience with an entirely different movie altogether. PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 3 had trailers featuring footage that was almost entirely absent from the film, and the real shame in that is I would have liked to see the film in the trailer more than what I eventually got when the film hit theatres. Don't get me wrong... I still dug PA3, but it felt as if there was an even better film lying in the rest of the stuff they shot. 

Therefore, take with a grain of salt what you're seeing here with this Yahoo! First Look at PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 4. What we can tell so far is that it appears demon Katie and her kidnapped nephew Hunter have moved next door to some poor unsuspecting family and that bad things are sure to befall them as we learn of some connection they may have with the aforementioned pair in order to keep the franchise going into future installments. I get the feeling Katie doesn't just visit random strangers. I just don't know that you're actually going to see any of this in the finished film. 

I do hope they keep the audible alarm warnings though... that's sure to build some tension in theatres come mid-October. 


-Billy Donnelly

"The Infamous Billy The Kidd"

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  • Sept. 25, 2012, 10:35 a.m. CST

    I'll watch it... on Blu-ray at home

    by Acappellaman

    I don't think I'll spend more money on this series in the theater, though. It's a fun diversion at best.

  • Sept. 25, 2012, 10:39 a.m. CST

    not me.......but my daughter will

    by txubill

  • Sept. 25, 2012, 10:43 a.m. CST

    I was going to watch PA 2 tonight...

    by Righteous Brother

    what's the general consensus? Any good?

  • Sept. 25, 2012, 10:44 a.m. CST

    Isn't it the house from PA2?

    by DexterMorgan

    The layout of the ground floor looks very similar. Count me as a fan of the series, I actually think that it has gotten slightly better with each installment, and I hope that upward trend continues. They have all creeped me the fuck right out, and have been a welcome change after years of Saw/Hostel etc. That said, I also look forward to the next wave of mainstream horror that will again be violent and bloody.

  • Sept. 25, 2012, 10:47 a.m. CST

    my rank of the PA movies

    by Seth Brundle

    PA1: the best PA2: mediocre, not so scary PA3: excellent, though not quite as 1, very watchable i love found footage, only thing that ACTUALLY scares me on movies these days beside all the known genre giants, i hugely recommend MEGAN IS MISSING

  • Sept. 25, 2012, 10:49 a.m. CST

    PA1 + 2 were OK, 3 was beyond terrible!

    by Lostboytejas

    Let me do everyone a favor and suggest dropping the fucking horseshit story-line about the sisters and doing a unique story for each movie from here on out. Each Halloween a new PA with a new setting and new cast. Also, V/H/S raised the stakes so theyre gonna have to try a lot fucking harder than they did in PA3.

  • Sept. 25, 2012, 10:53 a.m. CST

    fuck off

    by nephilim138

  • Sept. 25, 2012, 11:06 a.m. CST

    I agree with The Kidd totally. If a band or artist put..

    by Baron Von Penguin

    out an advert for their new album with music that wasn't actually on it the fans would run amok. *Cue lots of nerds giving me examples of this actually happening(SMiLE by The Beach Boys excluded)* Also, I liked PA2 and PA3 better than the first effort. The bit in the second one where all the kitchen units open nearly filled my underpants with Shepherd's Pie

  • Sept. 25, 2012, 11:14 a.m. CST

    Wasn't a fan of first, but other two aren't so bad.

    by SirGaryColeman

  • Sept. 25, 2012, 11:23 a.m. CST

    V/H/S raised the stakes? Horseshit...

    by RockHardTobascoSlimJim

    Raised the stakes on what exactly? Shit acting? Piss poor bargain basement production value? Failing an interesting concept with nonsensical shit like having Skype chats and HD video showing up on old VHS tapes found in someone's basement? Yeah... those opening scenes of a bunch of jackasses running around an abandoned building smashing light bulbs and windows really raised the bar on psychological found footage horror. Fuck V/H/S. The most overhyped sack of horseshit I've seen in some time.

  • Sept. 25, 2012, 11:44 a.m. CST

    My goodness!...

    by Darkness

    They are still knocking out this tripe. I'm sure any of us on this talkback good knock out a decent horror flick for quarter of the price...and probably so.

  • Sept. 25, 2012, 11:45 a.m. CST

    Agreed; V/H/S was mediocre

    by TheLastCleric

    The biggest problem is the almost complete lack of justification for the found footage angle. A bunch of crooks record their crimes and then watch tapes in the house they are robbing. Really? Then you are given five brief vignettes, none of which are particularly scary or original. It wasn’t horrible but after almost a year of deafening praise I was entirely underwhelmed. As to PA, I love the original and merely liked the others. PA3 was actually pretty good until that ridiculous Hollywood ending.

  • Sept. 25, 2012, 11:47 a.m. CST

    I thought PA3 was the end of the series?

    by Titus05

  • Sept. 25, 2012, 11:56 a.m. CST

    V/H/S was fucking awesome so fuck you

    by Lostboytejas

    I hope they make more, LOTS MOOOOOOOOOOOAAAR!

  • Sept. 25, 2012, 11:59 a.m. CST

    how the fuck do you call VHS mediocre but call PA3 pretty good?

    by Lostboytejas

    lay off the bath salts mofo, your brain is fucking fried!

  • Sept. 25, 2012, 12:08 p.m. CST

    These films are fantastic..

    by lprothro

    and have a perfect grasp on what really scares us--the unknown and being helpless against it. Personally I think it's a riot wathcing these in a crowded theater and listening to everyone laughing nervously in an effort to convince themselves they're not scared shitless. If you don't "get" why these films work--I don't want to know you.

  • Sept. 25, 2012, 12:10 p.m. CST

    Love this series. Hope they do the midnight showing in IMAX again.

    by Detective_Fingerling

    The audio in IMAX just puts the experience over the top for me. Oddly enough, I enjoyed part 2 more than 3. They need to show more of what goes on in the basement.

  • Sept. 25, 2012, 12:26 p.m. CST

    So what was so good about V/H/S?

    by TheLastCleric

    I understand I'm stupid and fuck me and all that shit but can any of you who like the film explain why it was so good? Because those championing this flick are acting like the supposed quality is some obvious and shinning objective reality and I saw nothing of the sort when I caught it on demand. Please, elaborate. And use your words.

  • Sept. 25, 2012, 12:28 p.m. CST

    V/H/S was Beta

    by thefreshestthing

    See what I did there?

  • Sept. 25, 2012, 12:39 p.m. CST

    Fought to stay awake for part 1

    by Youth_N_Asia

    I nearly dozed multiple times in the theater for number 1. It had two cool scenes if I recall correctly. I keep vowing to watch 2 on Netflix... haven't gotten around to it yet. In my que for 6 months now

  • Sept. 25, 2012, 12:43 p.m. CST


    by KDog629

    A quarter of the price? These movies cost, like, seven million dollars. They shoot with equipment you can get at Best Buy and cast people you've never heard of. How exactly would you go about cutting the budget by 75%?

  • Sept. 25, 2012, 1:15 p.m. CST

    I thought 'found footage' movies...

    by Terence James

    peaked with Blair Witch. Seriously, they've had their day. I also thought PA3 tied up any loose ends with this franchise.

  • Sept. 25, 2012, 1:30 p.m. CST

    a good story is what scares me, not things jumping out at me.

    by Joey Stars

    If you're the type you gets scared at pranksters jumping out of the closet then Paranormal Activity is for you.

  • Sept. 25, 2012, 1:32 p.m. CST

    @Terrence James

    by KDog629

    Peaked with Blair Witch? You mean like romance peaked with that very special girl behind the under the swing set at the beach when you were eleven? You can't say a genre peaked when it's the first thing you've ever seen in that genre.

  • Sept. 25, 2012, 1:32 p.m. CST

    I like 'found footage' films, but ehh...

    by Lone Fox

    This is just more of the same of the same of the same... PA1 was brilliant, very effective. Each sequel... hasn't been. Also, V/H/S was terrible.

  • Sept. 25, 2012, 1:37 p.m. CST


    by Darkness

    really, it cost that much....fuck me! lets start a petition.

  • Sept. 25, 2012, 4:56 p.m. CST


    by shran

    Then put your money where your mouth is and do it. For real. No bullshit. I think the PA movies are great at what they do. Obviously they give enough people the yips to make 20 times or more their investment. If you can do that more power to you, I'd love to see what you produce. But I suspect that you are being a typical talkback troll. Prove me wrong. Every word you write that isn't convincing me you're a better film maker only serves to weaken your position.

  • Sept. 25, 2012, 6:44 p.m. CST

    The only interesting thing about the first movie

    by Bedknobs and Boomsticks

    was when the yuppie guy eats it. The rest of it was just annoying, histrionic yelping.

  • Sept. 25, 2012, 9:08 p.m. CST

    PA series

    by Jay

    You either really liked this series or you really hated it. I was a reluctant fan of it at first, then grew to like it. Its kind of those 'ghost stories' you tell as kids. Not sure where its going so it will be interesting. How much found footage was there? Jeezuz :/

  • Sept. 25, 2012, 9:54 p.m. CST

    I'm looking at the cast credits on IMDB

    by BuffDaddy

    And it says that Brian Cox is starring in it so that makes this so much better than the past 3

  • Sept. 25, 2012, 10:42 p.m. CST

    Alright. Also, ranking.

    by DukeDeMondo

    I'll see this. PA3 was a joy, so good that I couldn't even bring myself to get up and walk out as it was being destroyed by a cinema full of screeching drunken teenagers. Really wish I had just decided to go and wait for the DVD. Fuck you, Odeon Holloway Road, that's where I will NOT be checkin out PA4 or Sinister or anything the fuck else. As to the worth of the pictures: PA is pretty much brilliant for me from start till 40 seconds before the end. I hate, hate, hate that fuckin tacked-on cheesy as cunts ending so much. And the worst thing is, none of the original endings were a whole lot better. Maybe the one with the police. But certainly that studio-concocted garbage is just embarrassing, like something from other sort of film altogether. PA 2 I enjoyed, but little about it scared me (the first one, I should say, scared the tits off me),although maybe the baby-lookin-over-crib stuff did freak me out a bit. 3, as I say, was a joy. Not a foot wrong, did it put. Probably the most consistently good of the bunch. The ending might not work for some folks, but at least it felt right, it's not some tacked-on ghost train fuckery like what ruins PA1 right at the last second. Anyway. Yeah. I'll look at this with my eyes.

  • Sept. 25, 2012, 11:25 p.m. CST

    Love PA3. The last 15 minutes>>>>>>

    by Tim

    Sometimes when I wake up in the middle of the night and brain wants to fuck with me it conjures the image of when the door opens into that circle of witches. Holy shit. Starting from the trip to Grandma's until the end, that is the most terrifying series of scenes I've ever witnessed.

  • Sept. 26, 2012, 12:22 a.m. CST

    Excited for 4.

    by Barrock

    And I really loathed all the bitching on IMDB about missing footage from the trailers. People really wanted to see the house on fire? Ending was bananas and I loved it.

  • Sept. 26, 2012, 5:34 a.m. CST


    by MegaBeth

    I saw the first one. Bored the shit out of me. All you fellas that were "terrorized" by PA1 must be silly little faggots.

  • Sept. 26, 2012, 6:46 a.m. CST


    by TheFifthCylon

    Also, V/H/S raised the stakes so theyre gonna have to try a lot fucking harder than they did in PA3.

  • Sept. 26, 2012, 6:47 a.m. CST

    V/H/S was NOT was pure SHIT

    by TheFifthCylon

    There was nothing good about that turd movie.

  • Sept. 26, 2012, 6:50 a.m. CST

    @terence james

    by TheFifthCylon

    Found footage films peaked with Chronicle. So far, Chronicle and Diary of the Dead are still the two best. The Paranormal Activity trilogy is good, too. Especially the first two.

  • Sept. 26, 2012, 10:54 a.m. CST


    by where_are_quints_hobbit_set_reports

    oh yeahh, open yer backdoor for daddy!!!! ....obligatory dumb anal sex joke aside, these movies are fine for what they are, although I prefer to watch 'em on a laptop, so I can rewind/slo-mo the scare moments after they happen. Like lostboytejas, I have negative interest in whatever the boringly hyperconvoluted backstory/chronology of these films is supposed to be... why do american movies have this mania for overexplanation? It's not frickin Ulysses, it's a bunch of disposable horror flicks where you watch a security camera pan back and forth and go EEK when a door slams. Dumb and fun.

  • Sept. 26, 2012, 11:10 a.m. CST

    V/H/S was awesome and showing in HD on Dish next week!

    by Lostboytejas

    bring the pain!