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Is “Paranormal Activity 3” inevitable?

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: With “Paranormal Activity 2” lighting up the box office this weekend – taking in an estimated $41.5 million – talk around town already is swirling around a third installment.

“It’s certainly our hope that [producer] Oren [Peli] and his team have the ability to deliver another chapter in this,” said Rob Moore, Paramount’s vice chairman, according to EW.com.

Horror sequels are inevitable. Even genre films that underperform get new installments, primarily because they are cheap to produce.

But how much life is left in the “Paranormal” tank?

EW goes on to report that audiences leaving the sequel gave it a CinemaScore of B, suggesting “some fatigue with the whole demons-caught-on-faux-home-video premise.” But Jeremy Kirk, writing for Film School Rejects, notes “you can be certain Paramount will be green lighting Paranormal Activity 3 in a matter of minutes.”

And one notable critic doesn’t think that’s a bad thing. Drew McWeeny of HitFix likes where the mythology of “Paranormal” is going, making comparisons to the “Saw” films, which seem to have lost their way.

“‘Paranormal Activity 2’ is as stark, as bleak, and as skilled as any horror film I’ve seen this year, and suggests this is a series we’re going to be watching for a while,” McWeeny writes.

Thanks to staggering box office results, he’s probably right.

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About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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