The essence of enjoying a scary movie is that we can hit our target heart rate while enjoying large quantities of snacks. Cardio and candy — a win-win.
I was predisposed to find "Paranormal Activity 4" a total waste of time, aside from my beloved Junior Mints. Happily, it managed to consistently keep up the tension with very little bloodshed.
Thanks to smart phones,
What's noteworthy about the "P.A." stories is the slow build, punctuated by well-timed fake-outs and nervous humor, into the genuinely chilling stuff. There is no soundtrack to warn us of what's to come, just a curious low humming that sets you on edge more than the mysterious things that go bump (or airborne) in the night.
The story doesn't bear close scrutiny, questions go unanswered, but you're still a wreck from the anticipation.
When the activity went seriously paranormal in the final five minutes, there were goose bumps and a fear I hadn't felt since "PA3." Rarest of all — I forgot to eat my chocolates.
Maybe I'll save them for "PA5."
'Cross' a bloody mix of emotions
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SUSANNE PEREZ lives in Costa Mesa and is an executive assistant for a company in Irvine.