After announcing plans to produce a seventh Paranormal Activity film in June 2019, Paramount Pictures and Blumhouse Productions recently tapped Underwater director William Eubank to helm the latest installment of the security-cam horror franchise. Christopher Landon, who wrote the screenplays for the second, third, fourth, and fifth chapters of the series, is also back to pen the script for the new untitled sequel.
Poised for a March 4, 2022 release date, plot details of the newest iteration of the found-footage franchise are being held close to the vest. However, given the technological advancements in smart home security made in the past six years, a contemporary setting could very well be in the cards. Regardless, it’s a good time to look back at the entire series so far.
Gregory Plotkin made his directorial debut with The Ghost Dimension, the sixth and most-recent Paranormal Activity entry. Also marking a franchise first, the film was released in 3D and boasted the biggest budget so far at $10 million.
Set in 2013, the film is also the first in the series not to feature Katie Featherston as a primary character, and the first to show the demonic entity onscreen. For all the formula-busting firsts, the film fell flat among critics and audiences alike, putting a temporary halt on the franchise. The story centers on the Fleege family, which finds itself accursed by Toby, the evil demonic force that becomes unleashed through a camera and series of old videotapes.
Catfish directors Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman helmed Paranormal Activity 3 and Paranormal Activity 4, with the latter far inferior to the former according to IMDB. The story picks up five years after the possessed Katie (Katie Featherston) murdered her boyfriend, sister, and brother-in-law, and fled with her infant nephew Hunter.
Outside of Las Vegas, Alex (Kathryn Newton) begins witnessing strange phenomena in the home she shares with her parents and little brother, Wyatt (Aiden Lovekamp). When Wyatt speaks of his imaginary friend Toby, Alex and her beau Ben (Matt Shively) adorn the house with security cameras to capture the odd activity. As Wyatt is slowly possessed, Alex’s parents disbelieve her story until abject mayhem ensues.
Although he has written four of the six chapters to date (with a fifth on the way), The Marked Ones is the only Paranormal Activity movie that Christopher Landon has directed. With a new poster design and a story set in the daytime, Landon set out to refurbish the franchise formula.
As the first film in the series released in January rather than the customary Halloween exhibition, The Marked Ones focuses on Jesse (Andrew Jacobs), a teenager tormented by freaky phenomena following the sudden death of his next-door neighbor. The closer Jesse gets to uncovering the truth, the more imperiled he becomes by a malefic entity that has marked the boy for murder.