Fanboy Flick Pick: New Paranormal Activity Makes Old Horror Cliches New Again

By Luke Y. Thompson in Movies
Friday, January 3, 2014 at 8:00 am

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The Deathly Hallows symbol was never the same after Harry broke the wand.

What the movie isn't - and this may be a problem, given the genre - is especially scary. It's more like a traditionally fun horror movie than the slowburn suspense of its fellow franchise entries. I'm not scared of CGI things under the skin, but when the movie briefly turns into Witches vs. Gangbangers (jump on that, Asylum), I am extremely amused, as was the entire screening audience.

My initial complaint, as the credits rolled, was that the main characters were really quite stupid, messing with things they didn't understand long after plenty of warning indicators were obvious. But then the movie gets into its mythology, and we're reminded that there was destiny and prenatal planning and nothing they could have done to avoid it anyway. If the series continues, as it surely will, they need to give us some sense that there might be a way to stop the demon - it's killing the tension right now by being so all-powerful.

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