“Paranormal Activity 4” leaves behind the VHS tapes and rotating fans of the 1980s to set the hauntings in the present day for the first time in the series. With that time jump, directors Ariel Schulman and Henry Joost got to use all of the technologies of today like laptop webcams and Xbox 360 with Kinect.
“We were really psyched just to do a shot where the girl’s carrying a laptop, and it’s just filming her. Anything can go on behind, and she wouldn’t necessarily know unless the person on the other end of the video chat told her that it was behind her,” Schulman said.
“It just seemed like a really fun way to carry a camera and film yourself because otherwise there’s no other way to shoot close-ups in a ’Paranormal’ movie. Usually you’re filming forward, so this way you can actually get a reaction shot.”
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“Paranormal Activity 4” opens on October 18 at 9 p.m.