Built from the bones of its three predecessors, the fourth installment of this franchise arrives just in time for Halloween. This time around screenwriter Christopher Landon, along with co-directors Henry Joost and Ariel Schumman (Catfish
), advance the paranormal mythology forward to the year 2011, when Katie (Katie Featherston) and small child Robbie (Brady Allen) have taken up residence in a SoCal residence. When Robbie makes friends with neighbor Wyatt (Aidan Lovekamp), a chain of malevolent activity is set off beginning with conversations with an unseen being and ending with demonic possession. A lame attempt at further establishing the witches-and-demon mythos, this film is a derivative, vapid attempt at innovative horror. Perhaps the scariest conceit offered by the film is the ever-present laptop video surveillance used to capture the "activity": an endless litany of documentary video capturing every waking moment of a family's life that suffices to turn private moments into public spectacle.