History Film / ParanormalActivity

2nd Jan '17 3:22:04 AM Morgenthaler
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* {{Badass}}: Arturo who blows a few witches away with shotguns. [[spoiler: The Numbers' game catches up though.]]
** His little brother Oscar [[spoiler: kills the witch, Ana, and then manages to avoid the police for days before he kills himself. Bonus points for managing to just barely managing to hang on to his humanity.]]
31st Oct '16 7:43:26 AM TheAimz
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* Nothing isScarier: Much like ''3'', the film opens with no logo or subtitles.

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* Nothing isScarier: NothingIsScarier: Much like ''3'', the film opens with no logo or subtitles.


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** During the beginning, which takes place during Halloween, Wyatt's friend is dressed as [[Franchise/StarWars Luke Skywalker]].
31st Oct '16 7:40:43 AM TheAimz
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** The trailer for ''The Ghost Dimension'' shows clips of [[spoiler:Toby's visible, HumanoidAbomination form.]]
18th Oct '16 10:12:37 PM Laina1312
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** Used too much in the third film. At times, Dennis is recording himself reviewing video footage. Then, toward the end, [[spoiler: when they're at the grandmother's house, he sets up the camera in the bedroom when he has no reason to believe a ghost has followed them. Then, when the shit hits the fan, he carries the camera around with him, even picking it up when he drops it when he's in danger.]] Given the nature of people and their camera phones now a days, he was really just before his time.

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** Used too much in the third film. At times, Dennis is recording himself reviewing video footage. Then, toward the end, [[spoiler: when they're at the grandmother's house, he sets up the camera in the bedroom when he has no reason to believe a ghost has followed them. Then, when the shit hits the fan, he carries the camera around with him, even picking it up when he drops it when he's in danger.]] Given the nature of people and their camera phones now a days, he was really just before his time. And to be fair, the house is dark and he's essentially using the camera as a flashlight.
3rd Jun '16 7:02:44 PM MrCandle
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* HumanoidAbomination: [[spoiler: In ''The Ghost Dimension'', when it grows powerful enough, Toby eventually forms into a lanky human-ish monster [[LivingShadow shrouded by shadows]] with an utterly inhuman face and GlowingEyesOfDoom. It finally becomes this fully when it gains a corporeal body of it's own.]]

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* HumanoidAbomination: [[spoiler: In ''The Ghost Dimension'', when it grows powerful enough, Toby eventually forms into a lanky human-ish monster [[LivingShadow shrouded by shadows]] with an utterly inhuman face and GlowingEyesOfDoom. It finally becomes this fully when it gains a corporeal body of it's its own.]]
28th Apr '16 9:33:18 PM K
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* FirstNameBasis: Ali calls Katie "Katie," even though Kristi always refers to her as "Aunt Katie" in front of her.
15th Apr '16 12:55:32 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* CouldHaveAvoidedThisPlot: ''The Marked Ones'' would have ended about twenty minutes in had the main characters realized that copying a black magic ritual from a journal belonging to a murder victim who was clearly involved with the occult was a ''really bad idea.''
11th Apr '16 6:04:28 AM Dimas28
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* MonochromeCasting: A notorious example, the MinimalistCast notwithstanding. As mentioned above, most of the series is set in California, one of the most cosmopolitan regions ''on earth'', and yet four of the six films in the series have a cast as white as snow. Plus, the remaining two feature exactly one kind of minority, namely Latinos, but it's still quite refreshing following an all-Latino main characters in ''The Marked Ones'' after seeing three consecutive films set in pearly-white neighborhoods (there are whites in ''TMO'', but they're supporting characters).

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* MonochromeCasting: A notorious example, the MinimalistCast notwithstanding. As mentioned above, most of the series is set in California, one of the most cosmopolitan regions ''on earth'', and yet four of the six films in the series have a cast casts as white as snow. Plus, the remaining two feature exactly one kind of minority, namely Latinos, but it's still quite refreshing following an all-Latino main characters in ''The Marked Ones'' after seeing three four consecutive films set in pearly-white neighborhoods (there are whites in ''TMO'', but they're supporting characters).
11th Apr '16 6:01:22 AM Dimas28
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* CreatorProvincialism: Except for ''4'', the series never once ventured outside of UsefulNotes/{{California}} (or the West Coast for that matter), the home state of the series' main producer, Jason Blum. ''1'' takes place entirely in San Diego, while ''2'' is similarly set entirely in Carlsbad. Most of ''3'' is set in Santa Rosa, except for the prologue (set in Carlsbad) and the third act (in Moorpark), ''The Marked Ones'' is set in Oxnard and Moorpark, while ''The Ghost Dimension'' doesn't specify its location until halfway through, in which it is revealed that [[spoiler: the house is built on the site of Katie's childhood home, and thus Santa Rosa all over again.]] The only exception, ''4'', is set in Henderson, Nevada, which is ''still'' located in the Southwest, anyhow. The series seems to have an allergy towards everywhere but the Southwestern US.


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* MonochromeCasting: A notorious example, the MinimalistCast notwithstanding. As mentioned above, most of the series is set in California, one of the most cosmopolitan regions ''on earth'', and yet four of the six films in the series have a cast as white as snow. Plus, the remaining two feature exactly one kind of minority, namely Latinos, but it's still quite refreshing following an all-Latino main characters in ''The Marked Ones'' after seeing three consecutive films set in pearly-white neighborhoods (there are whites in ''TMO'', but they're supporting characters).


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* TokenMinority: Martine the housekeeper, a Latina in a sea of whites. That's still better than not having ''any'' minority at all though, as the other films except for ''The Marked Ones'' do.
10th Apr '16 6:41:26 AM Scorpion451
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* ProductPlacement: TeddyRuxpin in the film. Also, a UsefulNotes/SegaMasterSystem is briefly seen.

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* ProductPlacement: TeddyRuxpin Downplayed, and almost a StealthParody in that these are used as part of the PeriodPiece trappings. Most of the prominently shown products are obsolete at the time the film was made, but were heavily promoted via ProductPlacement in the film. Also, a 80's: The TeddyRuxpin, the Light Bright, and the briefly seen UsefulNotes/SegaMasterSystem is briefly seen.are just a few examples.
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