Directed by: Christopher Landon
First things first. I honestly (mostly) don’t like a) this style of filmmaking and b) the Paranormal family of films, at which I’ve written about at length (see links). To me, like the Blair Witch phenomenon which spawned them, they tend to be an hour-plus of bad camera-work and swearing, and a minute or two of scary. Yeah, yeah I totally get they take a buck-eighty-five to make and reap in hundreds of thousands of dinaro for the producers. Still they all tend to be crap. That said, this one is actually better than the previous ones in the series (which is like the strain of flu I caught this year wasn’t nearly as bad as the strain I caught last year — faint praise by damning).
This time around, instead of the convoluted mess of story that surrounded Kristi and Katie, we are “treated” to a new (though “related”) tale of a young California Latino named Jesse (Andrew Jacobs) is marked for possession by the same malevolent demon who previously claimed Kristi and Katie (we know this through subtle and not-so subtle clues scattered throughout the film. As usual the film is completely shot by shaky hand-held cameras (seriously, does anyone know anyone who walks around all the time recording everything?). So we folly Jesse, Hector (Diaz), and Marisol (Gabrielle Walsh) as they live their lives, investigate the apparent murder of an old woman who lives in their complex, and discover play at an electronic game Ouija board-style (it is one of those follow the lights and sound pattern games that they start asking yes/no questions).
Jesse (as well as their friend Oscar (Pratts) gets “marked” by a human-looking bite on his arm, and slowly becomes possessed. His friends can’t comprehend what is going on, and Jesse gets captured by a coven and Hector and Marisol (along with a couple of local gang-banger friends of theirs) go to get him out. Leading to the ending that you totally know is going to happen (as it already occurred in Paranormal Activity 3. There are some folk that like this stuff; we are not in that number, go if you must, but you are warned.
Robert J. Sodaro has been reviewing films for some 30 years. During that time, his movie reviews and articles have appeared in numerous print publications, as well as on the web. Subscribe to receive regular articles and movie reviews.