Can the secret buzzing sensation of the first film be sustained once audiences know the truth? Paranormal Activity, with its negligible budget, lack of gore and torture porn fetish and no-name stars in a lo-fi presumed first-person presentation got under the skin of audiences. But we know its not real now, so where can the franchise go next?
How about back to the beginning, for a kinda-sorta prequel that actually frames the first film and quietly advances things by the end, to the point where we know there’s more to come but we’re still not sure what’s going on.
Even though the secret is out, the studio and
filmmakers continue to play along with the “presumed” reality of
the situation. Creator Oren Peli hands things over to director Tod
Williams (The Door in the Floor) and writers Michael R. Perry and Christopher Landon
for an experience that seems anything but normal for a
horror franchise, which amazingly still generates high hopes for
future activities. Grade: B-plus
Opens Oct 22. Check out theaters and show times, see the trailer and get theater details here.