It was 12 years ago that Oren Pelli wrote and directed the first Paranormal Activity film in his home, using unknown actors to sell the Blair Witch-esque realness of found footage horror. Dustin and I both agree that the first film — and some of the five subsequent sequels and prequels — is fairly satisfying horror in a now-overused glut of security camera footage horror. Though not all of the six total PA films are satisfying or even good, I’ve still watched every single one of them more than once.
The last — and arguably worst — of the franchise was 2015’s Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension, which diluted the overarching story of Katie (Katie Featherston) and her sister Kristi (Sprague Grayden) by adding the Fleege family into the mix. The sixth film was the only one not to feature the adult versions of the Katie and Kristi and earned the least amount of money in the series.
We all know that movie series that make any amount of money can never die, so we find ourselves only slightly surprised to find that Blumhouse and Paramount are in talks to release the seventh Paranormal Activity movie. Paramount chief Jim Gianopolous announced the partnership today during a CineEurope presentation but declined to speak about specifics.
Blumhouse Productions has been a part of the franchise since its inception in 2007 and used the franchise to put out multiple other low-budget horror films that raised the bar for the genre. Sinister is, in my opinion, the best straight horror film made in the past several years. It’s a tight package of nerve-splitting tension, demonic games, and shocking content that never fails to “get me.” Blumhouse is also responsible for producing the Insidious and The Purge movie series, which are fine for background noise while I work.
The question still remains whether the seventh film in the Paranormal Activity franchise will be yet another sequel to the previously explained and explored lore of the Higgins family or if it will follow a family related to the cult but not Katie and Kristi. However, now that the audience knows all about the cult and why “Toby” attached to the girls, what mystery or scares are left in the same universe? We will have to wait and see when details emerge in the coming months.
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