Trailer Talk - Paranormal Activity 4 (2012)

When I jumped online this morning before work and saw that the first trailer for Paranormal Activity 4 had been released, I was much more excited than I probably should have been.

After a comment like that, I should probably explain: growing up, horror was the one genre that I had no interest in whatsoever. That’s not to say that I wouldn’t be exposed to something that I liked now and again - classics like Evil Dead, Army of Darkness, or newer films like 28 Days Later - I just didn't go out of my way to seek them out. I came across the Paranormal Activity franchise in that way. I had heard about the first film and finally rented it after an old college roommate (who knew my preferences in movies) assured me that it wasn’t a gore filled slasher fest. To my surprise, I really enjoyed it.  It was a neat, supernatural thriller/horror flick, but I didn’t really understand why it deserved a sequel. I didn’t even bother seeing Paranormal Activity 2 when it came out. Fast forward to last summer. My fiancĂ© (girlfriend at the time) and I saw a trailer for Paranormal Activity 3. She got excited, and I said something like ‘they’re making another one?’.  So she sat me down and we watched part 2. Once again I was surprised. They managed to take what I originally figured was a one trick pony, showed another side of the story, and really got me hooked. We then saw part 3 in theaters. This time we got another prequel to the story, but it really did a good job of filling in questions presented by the first two films while delivering the jumps and jolts that one would expect

So, after my rambling explanation of where I stand on the Paranormal Activity franchise, I was quite pleased to see this trailer earlier today. This installment picks up after the first two films (which sort of overlapped timeline-wise) and follows a teenage girl and the strange happenings around her house after new neighbors move in next door. I’m not sure if this is the same house that Katie lived in in the first movie, or if it is a different neighborhood and Katie (played once again by Katie Featherston) and her nephew pop up as the new neighbors. Either way, I’m intrigued and I’m curious to see how the story moves on since we saw how it began in part 3.  It looks like a marathon may be needed as a refresher before checking this out!

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