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Old October 20 2012, 05:49 PM   #31
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Not as good as the third one was, probably about the same level as the second. Some nice scares here and there (though once again one of the better ones from the trailer isn't in the film!) and a great garage sequence.





I still like how every film has offered a slightly different take on what's really happening due to the likely poor research/googling from the characters. I find that more interesting than a definative answer would be (because, lets face it, there's no answer at this stage that wouldn't seem deeply silly if it tried to rationalise everything we've seen).

Oh, and whilst I liked how the Connect product placement was incorporated into the script, I'm fairly sure I shouldn't have come out with such a strange craving for Pepsi.
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Old October 20 2012, 06:31 PM   #32
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I'm fairly sure I shouldn't have come out with such a strange craving for Pepsi.
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Old October 20 2012, 07:39 PM   #33
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I think this film took a bit longer to get going, at least it felt that way.
The last 15 or so minutes are very good.

One of my big gripes was:


I don't have a problem with the kids calling the demon Toby. It is after all how a child is relating to the "imaginary friend". I mean if the child is going,"this is my imaginary friend Bloody Demon" then a parent is going to being having their child tested. Normalcy breaks down faster than "Toby" needs.

Overall I still enjoyed the film though.
I'm thinking B/B- as a grade for now, may change, we'll see.
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Old October 20 2012, 10:54 PM   #34
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Old October 20 2012, 11:45 PM   #35
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Saw it earlier, and enjoyed it enough. A couple of things bugged me, like the weird plot device of Katie having given up Hunter, only to get another child and go get the original one back. Hopefully that gets explained in 5.

I loved the Kinect particles and wish they'd used that more. Very clever way of building tension, somewhat like the oscillating camera in 3. There was some weird stuff like questions as to why people were still filming at points towards the end, but that can be applied to many films in this genre.

Also, what was with that end credits scene? Was that a hint to what we'll be seeing in the fifth movie?
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Old October 22 2012, 07:19 AM   #36
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Fifth movie is on the way...along with a spin-off. I'm done if this doesn't finally give us answers.

http://www.cinemablend.com/new/Paran...Way-33697.html
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Old October 22 2012, 05:54 PM   #37
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I don't have a problem with the kids calling the demon Toby. It is after all how a child is relating to the "imaginary friend". I mean if the child is going,"this is my imaginary friend Bloody Demon" then a parent is going to being having their child tested. Normalcy breaks down faster than "Toby" needs.
In the Exorcist, Regan referred to her "imaginary friend" as "Captain Howdy" for much the same reason. However, the film's characters dropped it pretty quick when the real possession stuff kicked in. And the producers generally didn't refer to the demon by that name in promotional material, etc.
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Old October 23 2012, 10:03 AM   #38
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Well, I'm all caught up with the series. Rewatched the first one, the unrated director's cut of the second (saw the theatrical cut when it first came out), and both the theatrical & unrated directors' cut of the third over the last few days.

Got a plan to see the fourth with a friend of mine on Wednesday.

Already saw the news about a fifth & the Mexican spin-off, so just expectin' more of the same - dull hour or so, with twenty minutes of awesome at the end.
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