It's been a very exciting past few years for the horror genre. With Blumhouse Productions quickly becoming the go to place to produce innovative and creative new horror flicks, we've seen some wholly original additions to the genre like Get Out, Insidious, Hush, and Split. But the company also produced a long running horror franchise that seems to finally have run its course: the Paranormal Activity franchise. The found footage flick released new installments every October for years, all of which were produced by the first film's director, Oren Peli. But would Peli ever return to the franchise? Not unless he was very, very bored. Peli recently said,
It looks like Oren Peli is all too happy to not have to worry about cranking out another Paranormal Activity movie every year. And considering he worked on eveyr main installment and one of the spinoffs, we can't really blame him.
Alas, Oren Peli's comments to the podcast Post Mortem with Mick Garris are sure to disappoint the loyal fans of the Paranormal Activity franchise, even if they understand the producer's trepidation about another sequel. Because the long running property always had Peli's involvement, this probably means we won't return to the terrifying found footage films anytime soon.
Paranormal Activity helped to make the found footage genre of horror even more bankable. The first film, directed by Oren Peli, was made on a measly $15k budget, an ended up making a whopping $193.4 million at the box office. This success was followed up by four direct sequels, which slowly unraveled the mystery revolving around protagonist Katie and the demon that has stalked their family for generations. These revelations usually happened in the final moments of each film, giving incentive to come back the following year and be terrified all over again.
Overall the Paranormal Activity franchise made a ton of money on a minimal budget, but the story seems to have finally concluded with Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension. The fifth and final movie introduced time travel (yup), helping to explain how the demon Toby began stalking its prey. The whole time travel thing felt very out of place for the franchise, so it might better off dead... for now.
Oren Peli is still very involved in the horror genre, though. He's producing the next film in the Insidious franchise, Insidious: The Last Key. That sequel will arrive in theaters January 5, 2018. In the meantime, check out our 2018 release list to see what other horror flicks are arriving in the New Year.
Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Double majored in theater and literature during undergrad. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his famous actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid.
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