History Film / ParanormalActivity

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.
27th Mar '16 8:56:45 AM MacronNotes
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* ThreeDMovie: The first in the franchise to do this, making most use of the gimmick when the spirits appear.
12th Feb '16 2:17:02 AM TheAimz
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* BilingualBonus: Most of Martine's dialogue is in Spanish.

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* BilingualBonus: Most of Martine's dialogue is in unsubtitled Spanish.



* BilingualBonus: Given that the film is set in a Hispanic neighbourhood, quite a few characters occasionally speak Spanish. Jesse's grandma, Irma, exclusively speaks Spanish.

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* BilingualBonus: Jesse's grandma, Irma, only speaks in (unsubtitled) Spanish. Given that the film is set in a Hispanic neighbourhood, quite a few other characters occasionally speak Spanish. Jesse's grandma, Irma, exclusively speaks Spanish.do so as well.
22nd Jan '16 7:54:00 PM Noraneko
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** What's the purpose of the many possessed people implied by ''The Marked Ones''?

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** What's the purpose of the many possessed people implied by ''The Marked Ones''?Ones''? [[spoiler:And why were the boys possessed with their souls apparently erased while the girls like Katie and Christie simply brainwashed?]]


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* UnspokenPlanGuarantee: [[spoiler:The plan to capture and exorcise Toby is screwed from the start as soon as Father Todd explains it in detail in front of the camera.]]
21st Jan '16 7:01:44 PM Dimas28
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* The sixth and final installment in the series, ''Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension'', is scheduled to be released on October 23, 2015 and will follow another new family with presumed connections to the events of the past films.

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* The sixth and [[GrandFinale final installment installment]] in the series, ''Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension'', is scheduled to be released on was October 23, 2015 and will follow follows another new family with presumed connections to who becomes entangled in the events plot of the past films.
Coven which involves their daughter.



** And finally, in ''The Ghost Dimension'', in which the little daughter of the family, Leila, slowly becomes possessed ever since they moved to a house that, unknown to them, [[spoiler: is built in the land where Katie and Kristi's childhood home formerly stood.]]



* AgentScully: Micah in ''1'', Dan in ''2'' and Julie in ''3''.
* AnachronicOrder: To watch everything in chronological order, you have to watch 3, 2, 1, then 4. But since the movies use bits and pieces from earlier-made films, a '''completely''' accurate viewing would require watching parts of one movie, then watching most of another movie, then going back to the original movie, etc.

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* AgentScully: Micah in ''1'', Dan in ''2'' and ''2'', Julie in ''3''.
''3'', [[AdultsAreUseless Alex's parents]] in ''4''.
* AnachronicOrder: To watch everything in chronological order, you have to watch 3, 2, 1, 4, ''The Marked Ones'', then 4.''The Ghost Dimension''. But since the movies use bits and pieces from earlier-made films, a '''completely''' accurate viewing would require watching parts of one movie, then watching most of another movie, then going back to the original movie, etc.


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** In the fourth movie, it's never made clear whether [[CreepyChild Robbie]] is possessed or not, though he is definitely lifeless and uncanny.
** In ''The Ghost Dimension'', [[spoiler: Leila slowly succumbs to Toby's influence. She doesn't get better.]]
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