Oren Peli‘s Paranormal Activity franchise has gone on to make lots and lots of money, with the first film being shot on a micro-budget while the rest continued to make a boat load of cash for him and his producing partner Jason Blum.
The last entry in the series — the spinoff titled Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones, didn’t fare too well and ended up leaving the series in a weird position.
Last October didn’t give us another Paranormal film, which led us to believe that they were possibly getting ready to wrap up the franchise before things dip too close to the negative line and now we have confirmation that Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension will be the “final” installment in the series.
It’ll be hitting theaters this October, from newcomer director Gregory Plotkin.
Blum had this to say about the film:
“It’s coming to an end. This is it, the finale,” says producer Jason Blum. “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.”
This is obviously a marketing ploy to get butts in seats, especially with the added last ditch 3D effort, which many horror franchises jump to when box office grosses take a dip.
There’s also the eventual possibility that the series gets more spinoffs or reboots, given the current state of mainstream horror.
I’m still not sure how I feel about this final entry in the series. I actually dug The Marked Ones and thought that it was the second best in the series, but I’d also love for them to wrap things up and start giving us some answers.
But I’d also like a film that feels like a well-written finale and not a quick mash-up of all of the leftover ideas, hoping to draw conclusions to stories that they wanted to explore further.
Insidious Chapter 3 was a complete failure on that end, so here’s to hoping that the Paranormal series ends with a better curtain call.
The Ghost Dimension, directed by Gregory Plotkin, follows a new family, the Fleeges — father Ryan (Chris J. Murray), mother Emily (Brit Shaw) and their young daughter Leila (Ivy George) — who move into a house and discover a video camera and a box of tapes in the garage.
When they look through the camera’s lens, they begin to see the paranormal activity happening around them — including the re-emergence of young Kristi and Katie.
Source : USA Today