[MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD]
LET THE SPECULATION BEGIN
Paranormal Activity 3 scored the highest opening weekend in the fall AND highest of any pure horror film… EVER. So after netting 54 million dollars, its safe to assume that we haven’t seen the last of Katie, Team Grandma and… ahem… Toby.
So whats in store for Paranormal Activity 4
Lets start at the beginning…
The first film showed us the chilling footage of a demon terrorizing Katie and her man Micah. The film was packed with scares but thin on story giving us little details on what started the paranormal events. In the end, the only answers we knew for sure was that it was a demon attached to Katie and it had something to do with her past. Ultimately, the demon takes over Katie spelling doom for poor Micah.
PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 2
The sequel/prequel introduced us to Katie’s sister Kristi and her family. In the film we learn that both girls have experienced activity before and the whole thing was related to their grandmother. Unfortunately, rampaging Demon Katie arrives to claim what the demon is after. Kristi’s son Hunter.
Note: Is wealth really worth an invisible demon with hooves who enjoys slamming doors shut and roaming under sheets?
PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 3
The third film brought us back to 1988 when Katie Kristi were children. Were introduced to Toby, Kristi’s imaginary friend who also happens to be the evil entity responsible for keeping me up at night on numerous occasions. The demons mission appears to be straight forward. It will scare the crap out of everyone in the home until they head to… GRANDMAS HOUSE!
This reveals a lot more as we meet an entire team of elderly women who are seemingly obsessed with cults and sadistic rituals.
NOTE: Don’t these people have neighbors
NOTE #2: On nights when their isn’t a need to summon evil spirits do you think they play cribbage together?
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PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 4
What we know…
- Katie Kristi’s grandmother and her friends are pretty much responsible for everything.
- Toby was after Hunter and he succeeded after possessing Katie. Hunter Katie/Toby = MIA
- Ali survived.
What we don’t know…
- What happened to young Katie Kristi?
- What has the grandmother been up to since then?
- Who are the other old women and whats up with their families?
- What do those symbols mean?
- Whats happening with Hunter and Katie?
What we don’t need to know…
- I don’t need an explanation for Toby. Whatever it is, its evil and that’s enough for me. I don’t want to to know what it looks like or where it came from. What matters is that its invisible and every time its around I have a panic attack.
WHAT WILL PARANORMAL 4 BE ABOUT?
When I speculated on what Paranormal Activity 3 would be about I figured Ali would be searching for Hunter and stumble across tapes from Katie & Kristi’s past. (Or at least some hint that sends her on a path to more Toby terror) I’m essentially recycling this idea again. I think that the fourth film could go back and forth between 1988 and the present.
I think it will all lead up Ali discovering the old woman’s secrets and the meaning behind the symbols and rituals. I think her search will seriously piss off Toby who will probably slam some doors and drag her around a bit. In the end, her search will lead her to Hunters location and a face off with Katie and Grandma.
Part of me likes the idea that the other old women have families that were affected as well. Perhaps one of them has a strapping young grandson about Alis age who is a budding filmmaker? (Too easy?) I still have questions about the past regarding the old women and how they got together in the first place. Regardless, I think its time we found out what happened after Katie pulverized her way through that house and stole Hunter. The demon didn’t get its hands on the infant, walk outside the house and mumble:
They went somewhere… To Grandmas house perhaps?
One thing that confuses me is how the Grandmother would react if she learned of Hunter and Katie’s disappearance. (Would she be relieved that the price was paid? Was it even paid?) She didn’t seem too concerned about the consequences after the events of the third film. Was she possessed too? The thing is, at the end, Toby is clearly not inhabiting her body so are there multiple Tobys? Whats her end game or is she just an evil entity’s slave?
If the Grandmother is in fact, dead in the present. That opens up a whole new batch of options… If tha’ts the case, I still want Ali to find her house and the secrets within.
What I love about this series is the little bits of information you get in each one. The Paranormal Activity films are about the fun of watching horror films. So the fourth installment better raise the bar to new heights. The fan cam in particular was a fantastic addition to the franchise and I’m hoping for more creative filming techniques to keep the found footage theme alive. Everyone keeps expecting the style of the films to change but why bother? Its working isn’t it? Bring on the found footage!?
We wont get any definitive answers for a while but I’m assuming well hear an announcement soon.
Until then, what do you think Paranormal Activity 4 will be about?