THE FIFTH PARANORMAL ACTIVITY MOVIE IS COMING
Since the second film’s release, I’ve been writing reviews followed by my wishes for the next installment.
- Wouldn’t it be awesome if Paranormal Activity 4 was about…
- Wouldn’t it be awesome if Paranormal Activity 3 was about…
It turns out, I’m wrong a lot and that’s okay as long as the movies deliver the scares. I’m a huge fan the Paranormal Activity franchise but the latest chapter was a big disappointment. It simply didn’t add anything new to the mythology. Or at least anything we haven’t seen before. The creepy women cult (CWC) was introduced in the third but nothing was added except that the group still exists with more members. When it comes to Hunter, we already knew the demon ‘Toby’ was after him after the events of Paranormal Activity 2.
Here is an image from the end of PA2. Was the ending of 4 any different? Really?
Now the chase is over. Toby presumably has Hunter in his possession (pun intended) and a fleet of demon faced women at his disposal. But what does it all mean? That’s what was missing for me.
Still, I’m thrilled that another chapter is on the way. But I’m also concerned about where we might go next. For me, the scariest part of these movies has been the uneasy feeling that something is in the room. The demon is around and you never know when something crazy will happen. I feel like we are getting dangerously close to having visible villains like Katie (and Hunter?) running the show. (And who and/or what the hell was Robbie?)
My first wish for Paranormal Activity 5?
Toby drags people out of beds and throws them across rooms. He picks up children by their hair. He’s angry but he’s also mysterious. I don’t have to know exactly what Toby is aside from the fact that he’s not a ghost. But Paranormal Activity 4 was full of fake outs and false alarms. The fifth movie needs more legitimate encounters with the demon.
I GIVE YOU WEALTH, YOU GIVE ME BOY.
That was the deal. So now what? The girl’s grandmother started this but it appears as though ol’ Toby got his payment. What’s next? What else was the Grandmother into? Who are all those creepy women? Does Toby have deals with all of them? Is that where Robbie came from?
There are so many questions and that’s a good thing. But we didn’t get any real answers in Paranormal Activity 4. The fifth chapter has to be better.
I didn’t like that we followed an all new family in this story. Since Paranormal Activity 2, I’ve always thought they should follow Ali and the search for her brother. Police had to have been involved at some point right? Make Ali a documentary filmmaker now that she’s a little older. Have her dig up old tapes from Paranormal Activity 3. This could reveal so much about her families dark past.
This also gives her a legitimate reason to film everything and the found footage theme can continue.
While you’re at it, bring back Alex and have them team up. They are looking for the same child and demon after all. You can throw in a twist at this point, what if Alex is now a full fledged member of the CWC meant to find out what Ali knows. I think this premise gives us tons of potential for answers and Toby Terror. Of course… I’m wrong a lot.
Go back to Grandma’s house. Have Ali learn about the rituals and how these women summoned Toby in the first place. Or did he find them? You can simultaneously learn about how it started AND where it’s going.
Something needs to set Toby on a rampage. Let’s piss him off. Have Ali try and join the cult. He’ll see right through her. (Irony?) Or have Ali find her brother and take him away. Imagine how upset Toby would be if someone interfered? Ali could be on a mission to provoke him in order to find her brother and then set up cameras to capture it all. Toby is frightening enough before you provoke him.
Screw it, have the police catch Katie in the process. Can you imagine demon Katie in a holding cell? Imagine what it would be like to have Ali on one side of the bars with a camera and Katie on the other. What would that conversation be like?
Hi Aunt Katie… Soooo… You’re kind of a bitch…
For the last two movies, we’ve witnessed large groups of women approaching innocents with evil intentions. I’d like this event to occur again but continue instead of ending abruptly. The women should appear with 30 minutes of run time left for mayhem to ensue. Again, I’m not looking for tons of answers. Just a few.
BUT… I don’t want a leader. No CWC president who sits down and spills all. That would be awful. These women are possessed by a powerful and angry demon so lets leave it at that. But why? What is the ultimate end game? We don’t have to see it but it would be fantastic if the filmmakers hinted at something bigger. Something we can hold on to until the inevitable Paranormal Activity 6.
BUT KEEP IT SMALL
I say I want them to hint at something bigger because, I feel, the franchise has lost the element that made the first so terrifying. The home. People are supposed to feel safe in their homes and Paranormal Activity screwed it up for everyone who enjoyed the film.
Ali’s search for answers should ultimately lead Toby to her home. While she puts her clues together, he’ll be waiting and we’ll be at the edge of our seats.
DEAR PARANORMAL ACTIVITY… DON’T BECOME SAW
To me, Saw was done after part 3. It was a great trilogy that told the horrific tale of a man on a mission to inspire/torture his subjects. Everything was wrapped up nicely. If the other 4 didn’t exist, you would still know the whole story. Paranormal Activity 4 felt very much like Saw 4-7 but I believe there is a lot more story to tell. I’m more than willing to line up year after year but I have some conditions:
- More scares. Less false alarms.
- New scares. Give us something we haven’t see before. (The Fan-Cam in PA3 was awesome)
- Tension. Nobody cares about the new family in PA4 so when they go down it’s just not that gripping. Bring back characters we care about and then create some new ones.
- More Toby. The center of it all shouldn’t take a back seat like he did in PA4. Katie and Robbie are creepy characters but I’d rather have invisible demon moments. (Although that final Katie chase in PA4 was pretty sweet.)
- More scares! That’s what we loved about the first. Go back to the intimate and vulnerable moments that made us afraid of our own homes.
Paranormal Activity 5 is coming whether we like it or not. The possibilities are endless. This is just my theory and it’s probably way off.