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I've found the Paranormal Activity franchise to be an extremely polarizing one amongst horror fans. It seems you truly either love the series, or you totally hate it. And I've got friends who fall on both sides of the coin.
When it comes to me, I absolutely love the franchise and consider myself a huge fan. I was totally hooked from the first one and I've enjoyed each one since. Hell, I think I even like each new installment more than the last one. I love how the franchise taps into the simple fear of what the hell is going on in your house, while you're asleep, and I feel that the films have been incredibly effective at not only providing the chills and thrills, but also at painting an incredibly compelling and constantly evolving portrait of one haunted ass family. That story above all else is what draws me in, year after year. In fact, a large part of the fun of seeing these movies for me is piecing them together and discussing them with friends afterwards (hey Jesse!). It just totally works for me. All of it.
So then. The second trailer for Paranormal Activity 4 hit the net in the wee hours of the morning today, and it's home to lots of new footage that wasn't seen in the first official trailer. Going forwards this time, instead of backwards, PA 4 takes place five years after the most recent events of the first three films, and centers around a new family, who live next door to Katie and Hunter (now called Robbie). Scary shit ensues.
Check out the trailer and then we'll talk about it!!
**HEY, YOU! If you're foggy about the timeline of events from the somewhat confusing trilogy, head over to Dread Central, where they've whipped up an incredibly helpful little timeline that should explain it all, and refresh your memory!!**
While I love how the story up until this point has unfolded in a backwards fashion, I think that it's great that this one is instead going to go forwards, and bring some closure all around to the series. "All the activity ... has led to this", proclaims the film's tagline, which has definitely perked my ears up big time, right off the bat. Could this be the last one?
But what's most exciting for me about this one is that it was again helmed by Ariel Schulman and Henry Joost, the men behind PA3 (and the film Catfish, which you NEED to see if you haven't yet!!). Paranormal Activity 3 and its 80's spin on the proceedings was my favorite movie of the whole bunch, and I have complete faith in everything those guys do. A new installment in the franchise is exciting enough for me, and them directing it is but the icing on the cake. Sort of like each time it was announced that Darren Bousman would be again helming one of the Saw films. We're in good hands here, PA fans. The best of hands.
So yea. I love the franchise, and I've got absolutely no reason to not be excited about this next installment, which looks to be the conclusion to the whole ordeal. I will be there opening night, October 19th, and I will be as giddy as a little schoolgirl.
By the way, Kinects are fuckin' creepy, man.
Are you excited for this one or do you belong in the 'We Hate Paranormal Activity' camp? I don't judge either way. So leave a comment and let me know!