By Jessica Marshall
Like that fly you just can't seem to swat, that
pesky terrifying demon from the "Paranormal Activity" movies is back for more subtle, found-footage style torture in the suburbs. Guess we're left with no choice but to turn off the all the lights, fire up our night-vision cameras, and let the jump-scares ensue as we watch the new installment, "Paranormal Activity 4," hitting theaters this week.
Wait no, hold on a minute. Didn't we learn anything from the last three films?
"Paranormal Activity 4" picks up 5 years after "Paranormal Activity 2" ended, when the (spoiler!) demonically possessed Katie steals her nephew Hunter and murders his parents before disappearing. As "PA 4" picks up, they've turned up living in a house in a new neighborhood. After Katie is admitted to the hospital, the family next door generously takes in Hunter (whose name is now mysteriously Robbie). But their act of kindness is repaid with terror, as paranormal activity that matches the silent but deadly MO of "Toby" (as the demon is nicknamed in "Paranormal Activity 3") begins to unfold. The audience is given a glimpse into these occurrences through the laptop, Microsoft Kinect, and other a/v tech of the family's teen daughter, Alice.
While we have a sneaking suspicion that "Paranormal Activity" movies tend not to have happy endings, we nonetheless have a little advice for the new subjects of Toby's torture. Let's hope they can take a few hints. Here are 10 things we've learned from the first three "Paranormal Activity" movies: