Oh, the Paranormal Activity films…Either you love them or you hate them, there really is no in between. After five successful entries in the series, it appears that the found footage franchise is finally hanging up its hat, and if the trailer for the next chapter of the story is any indication, Paranormal Activity is about to go out with a scream.
Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension is the sixth movie in the horror franchise and it looks like the filmmakers are planning on giving audiences something to remember. Take a look at the trailer.
Do you feel the need to go bathe in holy water? Go ahead. Don’t worry, we’ll wait.
Alright, now that you are back, how about that trailer? Of course, every horror movie in history presented a trailer with scares and while some pan out beautifully, others are about as scary as a walk in the park during a bright afternoon. However, the Paranormal Activity films have always focused on mood and atmosphere over CGI induced jumps or gore, and this method has worked well, especially in the last 15 minutes of each of the films, which tend to offer the scariest scenes in each of the movies. The Ghost Dimension seems to be straying a bit from this formula and may opt for wall to wall scares but only time will tell.
In speaking with USA Today, producer Jason Blum had this to say about the October 23 release:
It’s coming to an end. This is it, the finale. We’re saying it before the movie opens. We’re not going to grind this horror franchise into the ground. This will keep Paranormal Activity as part of this culture and this particular time in a really fantastic way… All the questions that everyone has asked from the past ‘Paranormal Activity’ films: What does Toby look like? What’s the backstory to the families? These questions have been teased out. Now they will be answered.
For those unfamiliar with the plot of the newest entry, The Ghost Dimension is directed by Gregory Plotkin and focuses on the Fleeges, a new family to the series, as they discover a box of videos in the garage of their new Palo Alto home (V/H/S anyone?). They begin to watch the videos (which will be presented to theater audiences in 3D) and discover that the paranormal scenes contained within may be real, especially once the camera turns on the events occurring in the new home.
The newest entry is being touted as the final entry of the series but horror fans remember Friday the 13th Pt. 4: The Final Chapter, Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday, and Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare, among plenty of other “final” chapters in horror movie franchises, and if Hollywood has shown us anything it’s that there is no such thing as a “final” horror flick in a series as long as there is blood to be drawn from the stone.
Are you in for one last Paranormal Activity movie? Which was your favorite in the series?