Paranormal Activity: Next of Kin Review[A New World of Paranormal Activity is more than welcome]

Paranormal Activity has been a polarizing franchise for a long time, you rather love found footage or your stomach can’t handle the shaky cam approach of most found footage films. I am one of those people who get motion sickness for the most part from found footage films. However, when I was revisiting the franchise of Paranormal Activity in preparation for reviewing Paranormal Activity: Next of Kin. This franchise works more as a found footage shot on film akin to ‘Cannibal Holocaust’ rather than ‘Cloverfield’ where the camera is never still. 

When we got Paranormal Activity: Next of Kin I was not sure how to approach it because there are so many franchises that go away for six or ten years and then force nostalgia on the audience. However, Paranormal Activity: Next of Kin is not one of those installments of a franchise that is just a cash grab, it works exceptionally well. In other sequels to Paranormal Activity, we typically wait for the final 30 minutes for something to start happening.

Even though the fact nothing happens for so long and it builds tension perfectly will have your heart racing even more. In Next of Kin, we are happy to say you no longer must wait till the final act of the movie for anything to happen. Instead, important information happens throughout this installment of Paranormal Activity which will make die hard fans happy.

The acting is on par with the other sequels of the franchise, though I do believe Paranormal Activity 4 features some of the best acting in the franchise as well as The Marked Ones has the most genuine acting. Next of Kin is fine enough to stand toe to toe with the other installments. When it comes to the terror and tension throughout the film, Next of Kin may be the best out of the bunch, the runtime of Paranormal Activity: Next of Kin is also the longest in the franchise. Though it often does not feel like it, if you have Paramount+ it is worth your while. Even if you’re not huge on the franchise and looking for something to watch it still may work for you. 

Overall Grade: 4/5 stars 

Written By: AJ Friar

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