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Randy's Review: 'Paranormal Activity 4'

Friday, October 26, 2012

Things that go 'pop' in the night

Okay, here's what I can tell you. I learned a trick as a kid when my dad would take me to scary movies. When the moment with the big scare is upon you - and you know when it's coming - either the music is building or it's dead silent, you basically stick your head in the popcorn bucket and pretend to be eating.

With the propensity for big "gotcha" moments in the "Paranormal Activity" series (like those moments that make you jump because some stupid cat leaps out when they open a closet or a door slams), I got the biggest bucket of popcorn I could find and basically stuffed my head in it for the duration of the film.

The movie's about some teenage girl, her boyfriend, her dysfunctional parents, a little brother, the creepy neighbor kid and that girl who keeps showing up from the first film.

They use laptop cameras and Xbox equipment, which is a new twist for the filming of the action, but it's more of the same haunted stuff with things going bad while people are trying to sleep. Shadows, swinging chandeliers and moments of uncomfortable silence star. If that's your kind of thing, have at it.

Can't tell you much more than that. Didn't see much more than that.

The door is open for another sequel and you can bet the next one will be filmed using a smartphone.

What can I tell ya. I tried to review a scary movie for Halloween and chickened out. Don't drink too many liquids unless you want them scared out of you.

In case Paranormal folks obsessed with filming every aspect of their lives don't appeal to you, try "Sinister" or the new video game concept flick, the "Silent Hill" sequel, to fill you scary movie fix this week.

Enjoy your haunts, empty your popcorn bucket and insert head.

Randy's Review - 'Paranormal Activity 4'

On a scale of 5 popcorn buckets, this doesn't get any. Not because it doesn't deserve any, but because I didn't see enough to review. I can tell you however the popcorn in the buckets was well-seasoned and delicious. There were however some screams around me. This film was not reviewed at Southpark 7.



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