This fall, the Paranormal Activity franchise will come to an end with Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension. USA Today has revealed the first four photos from this horror movie sequel, arriving in theaters October 23. The movie was originally slated to hit theaters this March, before Paramount shifted the release closer to Halloween. Producer Jason Blum confirms that this will be the popular franchise's finale installment. Here's what he had to say below, revealing the filmmakers didn't want to run the franchise into the ground.
"It's coming to an end. This is it, the finale. We're saying it before the movie opens. We're not going to grind this horror franchise into the ground. This will keep Paranormal Activity as part of this culture and this particular time in a really fantastic way."
The popular film series kicked off with the 2009 thriller Paranormal Activity, which cost just $15,000 to make and took in $193 million worldwide. Paranormal Activity 2 (2010), Paranormal Activity 3 (2011), Paranormal Activity 4 (2012) and the spinoff Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones (2014). Jason Blum reveals that Paranormal Activity 5 will answer questions that fans have been clamoring for, such as the family's backstory and what Toby looks like.
"We couldn't go just teasing. All the questions that everyone has asked from the past Paranormal Activity films: What does Toby look like? What's the backstory to the families? These questions have been teased out. Now they will be answered."
"We've done well without showing Toby, being able to create tensions and scares based on audiences' imagination. But people are very curious."
Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension centers on a new family, the Fleeges, father Ryan (Chris J. Murray), mother Emily (Brit Shaw) and their young daughter Leila (Ivy George) - who move into a house and discover a video camera and a box of tapes in the garage. Every time they look through the lens of the camera, they see paranormal activity all around them, along with the reappearance of siblings Kristi and Katie. Katie Featherston will return as Katie, the only character to appear in each film. The video camera footage is presented onscreen in 3-D, a first for the franchise. While this is certainly the last movie, Jason Blum teased that a reboot could happen in the future.
"At some point, might there be a reboot? You never know. We've never discussed it. (But) we made this movie like it's the end of this Paranormal line for sure."
With the first photos debuting, the trailer should be right around the corner, as we get ready for the October 23 release. Are you upset this franchise is coming to an end, or would you like to see even more sequels? Check out the photos below, which feature Chris J. Murray and Ivy George, and stay tuned for more on Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension as we get closer to the October 23 release.