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Preview: Paranormal Activity 4
Another day and another sequel to the incredibly terrifying and the incredibly profitable Paranormal Activity series. Now, in my opinion the first two films were both very good and the third stumbled as it lacked some of the more frightening scenes that the first and the second had. Paranormal Activity is a series that will always be one of the top horror films in my opinion solely based off of the way I felt when I left the theater upon seeing a midnight viewing of the first film. Mind you, I am not one that is easily scared, yet when I walked out after seeing the first, I was visibly shaking. I had never seen anything like it, a film building tension and anticipation for an hour and a half making your fears of what could be the driving force of the experience. In terms of story-telling, surprisingly it doesn't falter as it does just enough to keep you engaged. After the third, it can be hard to judge whether or not a fourth film is really necessary but it can be done. In this article I will go over some possible scenarios as to where the fourth could go.
The Signature Scene of the Series (DON'T WATCH IF YOUR EASILY SCARED)
Prequel: Katie and Kristi Visit the 90's
I have read a rumor of the fourth one going in the direction of Katie and Kristi and their mother moving in with their father in the 1990's. Katie and Kristi obviously at this point would have no recollection as to what happened in the third film, while Julie will most likely remember or simply be an emotional wreck. Which makes sense when you take a look at the second film and how Katie tells Kristi what she remembers from when they were kids. Katie told her that she remembers how scared they always were and how Julie and Kristi at times would go extended periods of time without even saying a word. The film most likely will introduce more of the cult that their grandmother was in, as they will be around much more frequently. For all we know Katie and Kristi's father could be apart of the cult.
Sequel: The Hunt for Hunter
I like many others I think, are a little interested as to what happened after the second film. However, if the fourth or fifth film go in that direction it would then become something completely different than what has made the first few films so successful. So frequently the real terror behind this movies is the build up we create with our own imagination as we hear creepy noises and see people getting dragged by nothing. If you do go the direction of Ali and possibly the rumored Micah's brother chasing down Katie that goes out of that realm, which could also create a scarier more in your face type of experience that would be more likely to turn people off from the series if done poorly.
ITS A SEQUEL!
CONFIRMED. It is a sequel in fact considering the new trailer that was released yesterday on 8/1/12. It shows a new family with a blonde teenager being the main character as she tells her mom that they have new neighbors across the street that are a bit odd. The next scene shows her talking to her boyfriend through her webcam about the creeping people that moved in. The lights begin to flicker and she explains how it must be the boy. Oddly enough, we see a little boy with two eerie shadows standing in her driveway. He eventually turns to face her and when he does all of the lights go off outside and electronic interference occurs after that forcing her boyfriend to hardly understand her. The houses alarms then can be heard going off saying "front door open", "back door open", "side door open." The lights in her room also go off and you see a familiar figure standing behind her at the doorway...leading everyone to believe it is in fact Katie. My only gripe with the trailer and the premise would be why is Katie and Hunter haunting this innocent family that has nothing to do with the deal the initial family made? I understand demons are all about chaos and havoc and so forth, but still for a film it has to have some sort of reasoning. If they get away from the formula that has made these films so popular as well then they run the risk of losing some fans. Although, I personally think it is the most logical way to go. The third to me was a disappointment as it never had any signature moments that really left you shaking with fear. By going with a sequel, with two people we have grown attached to possessed, it has plenty of potential for many more truly terrifying scenes.