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Low-budget thrills get recycled

Kathryn Newton is Alex in “Paranormal Activity 4.” (Paramount Pictures)
Kathryn Newton is Alex in “Paranormal Activity 4.” (Paramount Pictures)
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Mockumentary filmmakers Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman (“Catfish”) know a thing or two about misdirecting an audience, as they proved again with 2011’s “Paranormal Activity 3.” Together with returning screenwriter Christopher Landon, this time around they seem short on new ideas, however, relying more on the series’ reputation for low-budget thrills to attract audiences. Regardless, by now Paramount’s franchise is a brand unto itself, and it’s unlikely that anything will stop the first few waves ...


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