Last year, I speculated about what Paranormal Activity 4 might be about, and I was completely wrong. I said the film would take place immediately after the events of PA3, but it didn’t. Nor did PA4 address of any the questions raised by the first two films (with the exception of what became of Hunter and Katie, sort of). So now that Paramount has confirmed plans to release Paranormal Activity 5, I’m hesitant to make any predictions. I will, however, share my PA5 wish list. Here are four things I want from the fifth film in the Paranormal Activity franchise. Warning: some spoilers.
• Explain more about the witch coven already! We get that Toby is their demon overlord and they like the circle within a triangle symbol. However, audiences want to know who’s in the coven, how they came to be, and what they ultimately hope to achieve.
• Let us know what happened between the end of Paranormal Activity 3 and the events of the other PA films. This is what I was hoping Paranormal Activity 4 would address. Concerning PA3, did the girls’ mother truly die? Do they remember any of the weird ceremony at grandma’s house? Who was Katie talking about in PA2 when she said weird people kept coming to their house and their mom was upset all the time? There are so many little plot holes and unanswered questions. It would be nice if they could tie all the films together a little better. I'm also curious about what happened to the teenage daughter in Paranormal Activity 2.
• Change up the formula a little. I get that the found footage thing is a hallmark of the franchise (even though you didn’t bother to explain who found and assembled the footage in PA4), but slamming doors and false alarms are a bit old. Do something different. The death scenes are also too similar from film to film. Less twisted necks, more...something else.
• Don’t leave us hanging with the ending of Paranormal Activity 4. Naturally, fans want to know what happened to Katie, Hunter, and Alex. Things didn’t look good for them, but a clearer explanation would be nice. Who was that weird kid Robbie? Where did demon Katie find all those followers? Again, what does the coven want?
If you do want to read speculations about the plot of Paranormal Activity 5, MTV has a few interesting ideas. I have no idea where they’ll go from here, though I hope the next movie is better than Paranormal Activity 4.
What do you want from the next Paranormal Activity movie?
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