There are spoilers regarding the Paranormal Activity Franchise throughout, consider yourself warned.
Back in 2009, a low budget horror film was released by the name of Paranormal Activity that would eventually go on to gross millions, and become a worldwide horror phenomena. The film series features a handheld camera and webcam as its point of view, re-introducing us to our fears of the unknown. The series primarily followed Katie, a woman who we eventually learn has an anomalous relationship with a loathsome demonic force that goes back to her and her sister Kristi’s childhood. Throughout mainly the first three films we explore more of the ties to the family and the fourth film followed the intended vessel Hunter (for the malicious entity), while exploring the rituals involved.
In 2014, fans expected a sequel to the fifth installment to the franchise, however a spin-off film entitled Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones hit theaters becoming more than profitable from its $5 million budget. While the film failed to achieve the acclaim of its predecessors, The Marked Ones unraveled many more mysteries to the PA franchise, featuring a dramatic twist that ties everything together with the first three films presenting even more similar situations for others. With the sixth feature film being named as Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension, you can practically guarantee we’ll be getting more answers on our favorite unfriendly ghost Toby, and some of what The Marked Ones only began to allude to.
The die-hard PA fans have been on standby anxiously awaiting more to the Paranormal Activity mythos, unfortunately little information had surfaced in 2014 with the exception of a new families’ involvement in the film and the early 2015 release was suddenly a unrealistic hope after being shifted to October 23, 2015.
Luckily in a recent interview with IGN, Paranormal Activity producer Jason Blum divulged a few interesting tidbits that ensure the fans the next installment will include answers to many burning questions, saying, “I can tell you that one of the things that fans have always said is that they’re tired of being teased. They want more mythology, and they really want to understand much more clearly what’s going on in the Paranormal Activity world, why it’s happening, who’s involved.” Blum adds, “So one thing I can say about the movie is that it will definitely answer a lot of questions that have been lingering out there since we did the first movie. So hopefully it will be a guide book to the Paranormal Activity series.”
With many different storylines being further explored, I’m curious as to what happened with the supposed sacrifice of Alex in Paranormal Activity 4? Does the demonic cult have and endgame insight? Will Ali be able to use her knowledge to save Hunter or Katie? These only scratch the surface of what I’m dying to know, so I suppose I’ll just have to keep calm and count the days until Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension. What are you hoping to learn in the upcoming film?