December 10, 2016

Paramount confirms a fourth “Paranormal Activity”


By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Paramount announced that a fourth “Paranormal Activity” is happening, and will reach theaters at some point in 2012, probably in October (like its predecessors).

This seems obvious, but it’s still nice to hear the studio confirm it. As EW reports, the low-budget horror franchise “has banked nearly $300 million in the last three years,” with last year’s installment opening to $52.6M and a total domestic take of $103.8 million. Solid.

But where will the series go from here? The “Paranormal” films have gradually rewound its narrative clock, exploring the roots of the spirits that haunt its main characters. The third film was set in the 1980s. Do you think producers will continue flashing back? Or is the home-video concept strong enough to go in different directions?

If you’d asked me years ago, I never would have guessed there would be two “Saw” films, let alone seven. The “Activity” films have enjoyed consistency. We’ll see how much longer it can last.

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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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