The Paranormal Activity franchise has always tried to create an air of mystery. You know nothing about the plot going in. There’s never an opening studio logo and each film gives the impression like you’re watching something classified. That’s changed a bit with Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones, the first film in the series to actually open with the Paramount logo. Some of the players involved have also been offered up for interviews – which usually doesn’t happen – and we leapt at the chance to speak with Christopher Landon, who serves as writer-director on The Marked Ones.
He has also been part of the series since Paranormal Activity 2, helping shape the franchise’s mythology.
We first spoke to Landon during the press tour for Disturbia, which he penned, and he proved to be an excited and avid fan of horror. Inside, Landon chats with us about how he became involved in the series, how a test screening for Paranormal Activity 3 paved the way for The Marked Ones, how there is an end game in place for the series, where he’s at with Boy Scouts vs. Zombies and he talks about a proposed Christine remake that never came to fruition.
With the exception of the first Paranormal Activity, I’ve seen each sequel in the franchise only once. The reason being? I’ve said this elsewhere, but I always thought they were decent “one time” experiences with a formula that pushes the right buttons of creaking doors, crashing pans and thumping to get you jumping out of your seat. They’re films that prey on the primal fears of its audience; beyond that, not much to chew on in repeat viewings once you know what’s coming.
The arrival of The Marked Ones had me go back recently and revisit the first four films, however, in an effort to get ahead of this new chapter and see if there were any clues flashing in neon with a giant arrow pointing to “a Latino-themed spin-off is what this franchise needs!”
As expected, Paranormal Activity 4 (review) came in at number one at the box office, proving that the franchise still has legs. It did, however, open much lower than its predecessors, grossing an estimated $30.2 million over three days. Its predecessor, Paranormal Activity 3, took in $52.5 million during its opening and, before that, Paranormal Activity 2 grossed $40.6 million. Perhaps the even numbered entries are cursed? (Update: Let’s hope so, because Paramount have already announced that Paranormal Activity 5 will be out in October 2013.)
Meanwhile, the other Blumhouse Production, Sinister, collected an additional $9 million bringing that film’s total to $31.9 million.
After the jump, check out the latest “honest” trailer from Screen Junkies. This time, they target Paranormal Activity.
Halloween is just a few weeks away which means it’s time for another inexpensive way to make money by releasing a low-budget movie with a familiar name that casual horror fans will flock to for equally cheap scares and thrills. For that crowd, it really doesn’t matter what we say about the fourth installment of the Paranormal Activity movie, which is probably about as review-proof as those Twilight movies, but unfortunately, it’s the first installment that outright fails.
When Catfish directors Ariel Schulman and Henry Joost were brought on for the third movie, a prequel that flashed back to the ’80s, it seemed like an odd choice but they really stepped things up with some original visual ideas while building on the mythos of the demon that’s been plaguing Katie Featherston and those around her for two previous movies.
Paramount has dropped a new clip from Paranormal Activity 4 - the sequel that officially opens October 18th, but kicks off with advance screenings tomorrow night. In the snippet, we see a young woman levitating off of her bed. Yes, we’ve seen this imagery before, but here it is in clip-ish form. Enjoy!
IMAX Corporation and Paramount Pictures today announced that Paranormal Activity 4, the fourth installment of Paramount’s hit supernatural thriller franchise, will be digitally re-mastered into the immersive IMAX format and released to approximately 300 IMAX digital theatres in the U.S. and Canada, starting Oct. 18 at 9 p.m., simultaneous with the film’s release.
A new “clip” (or TV spot, as we’ll call it, the Paranormal Activity Facebook page calls it a clip) from Paranormal Activity 4 has found its way online. You can watch it after the jump. The film opens on October 19th.