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For the first time since 2009, theaters nationwide will not be haunted by a new installment of the Paranormal Activity franchise this Halloween. While Paramount had previously announced that the fifth installment of the franchise would be released on October 25th, last month we learned that the studio was planning to push the movie back. At the time, the studio didn't reveal an official release date, but today, thanks to Shock Till You Drop, thanks to we now know now not only the fate of Paranormal Activity 5, but also the spinoff that's been in the works since last year.
According to the report, before we get to see Paranormal Activity 5, audiences will first be able to see Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones when it comes out on January 3, 2014. Very little is known about the film - they haven't announced who is directing the movie or who will be starring - but it has been confirmed that the movie will be more marketed towards the Latino demographic. The spin-off will be the first in the series not to come out in October, but it's positioning on the calendar makes a lot of sense. For starters, the film has only one competitor opening the same weekend - the Fox horror film Devil's Due - but more importantly the studio has had some previous success releasing a low-budget horror movie on the first weekend of the year, putting out the found-footage movie The Devil Inside in the same timeslot back in January 2012.
And while we won't be getting a Paranormal Activity sequel this Halloween, the franchise will be back in time for the holiday next year. Paranormal Activity 5 has officially been dated for October 24, 2014. Once again we have no idea who is writing or directing the film, but that's actually fairly common with projects in this genre. As of now, the only other movie set to come out on that same weekend is the Sony-produced horror/comedy Kitchen Sink, but it's likely that the schedule will change many times between now and then (because it always does).
Instead of a new Paranormal Activity movie, this year Paramount will instead be presenting a different kind of low-budget film: Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa. Based on a skit from the Jackass television show and films, the new movie has Johnny Knoxville dressing in old man makeup and playing pranks on real people. You can watch the recently released trailer below.
Are you going to miss the Paranormal Activity franchise this Halloween, or do you just wish that the series would stop? Let us know what you think in the comments below.