Man, horror franchise really know how to drive their franchises into the ground. I mean, I know we’ve gotten well over 20 Marvel Cinematic Universe movies, but these horror films tend to hammer away at the same concept. You need only look at the Saw franchise to understand what I mean. Last week, its original writer even admitted to leaving the franchise because he couldn’t keep thinking of creative ways to kill people. No horror franchise is immune to this, and neither was Paranormal Activity.
This was a series that started off in a truly indie fashion. In order to see the film, you originally had to express interest. If enough people did so in your area, you’d be granted a screening. Of course, it didn’t take long for Hollywood to churn out several Paranormal Activity sequels. Before long, each sequel grew less creative than the last.
It’s been a while since we’ve heard anything from this dormant series, but now it sounds like it’s making a comeback. Speaking with The Evolution of Horror podcast, The Invisible Man producer Jason Blum gave an update.
“We are doing a new Paranormal Activity,” Blum told the podcast. “We have Chris Landon, who wrote almost all of them, he directed one of them, he’s really kind of the showrunner of the Paranormal Activity series, and he’s coming up with Paranormal Activity 7, which is not the title of the movie, but it is the seventh Paranormal Activity.”
As indicated in the title of this piece, I have two warring feelings about this thing. On one hand, I have little desire to see the return of Paranormal Activity. While the first couple of movies were fun, it didn’t take long for its quality to take a nosedive. Its premise grew too predictable, and even with the extensive and interesting mythology behind it all, the narrative strengths didn’t do much to make each individual installment interesting enough.
That being said, I love the Happy Death Day movies. They are some of the most creative little thrillers out there, and a part of me wishes we could have a third film so we could get some of the ins and outs of its world explained. I understand that Landon has been intimately involved in the Paranormal Activity franchise since the second film, but am hoping that his brief break and foray into the more creatively-satisfying Happy Death Day could help.
At least that’s the hope. Of course, given that it’s a return to the Paranormal Activity franchise, it can mean the return of the well-worn tropes and a further nosedive in quality…but I have hopes and dreams, okay?
What about you? How do you feel about Christopher Landon returning to the Paranormal Activity franchise? Let us know your thoughts down below!
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