‘Paranormal Activity 4′ Post-Credits Scene Will Tease Spin-off Film?

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Those of us who are still on board for Paranormal Activity 4 are expecting the film to address many of the questions left unanswered by Paranormal Activity 3 – but one thing I don’t think anybody was expecting was for PA4 to act as a launchpad for a new franchise.

However, word  is circulating that Paranormal Activity 4 will imitate Marvel Studios’ marketing approach, by including a post-credit “button scene” that “activates” a new spin-off franchise set within the Paranormal Activity universe.

Bloody Disgusting dropped the rumor, stating that they have word on the matter from sources inside Paramount Pictures. The details state that Paranormal Activity 4 fans should look for a post-credits clip that acts as a teaser for a Latino-themed Paranormal Activity spin-off, which Paramount will release in 2013. THR has previously reported on this project, which will be written and directed by Christopher Landon, the man who wrote the scripts for Paranormal Activity 2 – 4PA franchise creator Oren Peli and producer Jason Blum will also be involved.

By “Latino-themed,” we mean that, thought presented in English, the spin-off  – described as a “cousin” to PA, not a reboot or direct sequel – will feature a Latino cast and revolve around Latin-catholic supernatural mythology – much in the same way that Paramount’s 2012 found-footage film The Devil Inside did. Found-footage horror has been successful for the studio, with the Paranormal Activity movies having earned $575+ million on minuscule budgets and Devil Inside earning $100+ million on  a $1 million investment. Moreover, horror films with religious overtones have played well in the Latino community (see: the success of Devil Inside, the [REC] franchise, etc.), so it’s not surprising to see Paramount trying to tap that market directly.

Speaking of [REC]: it’s going to be hard to avoid comparisons between the two franchises as Landon’s film nears release. For those who don’t know, [REC] is a Spanish film which involves a reporter on a routine story being locked in a quarantined apartment building with other civilians, who are picked off one by one as a deadly “virus” breaks loose, turning human beings into crazed, violent, zombie-monster things. You may (or may not) be familiar with the American remake, Quarantine.


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Of course, the big reveal in the [REC] series is that the virus is not a typical pathogen, but rather a demonic infection originating from a possessed girl. In this sense the series already shares a lot of parallels with Paranormal Activity, and from the synopsis of Landon’s film, it doesn’t seem like the degrees of separation will be all that wide (at least, in terms of premise). Latin-catholic mythology was the cause of the trouble in [REC], and it will be the source of the trouble in this Paranormal Activity spin-off.


Regardless of any potential comparative issues, Paranormal Activity 4 directors Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman better do a good job crafting a captivating (and informative) fourth chapter of the PA franchise, or else there will be little fan enthusiasm to jump onto a whole new spin-off franchise. As it stands, there is a very lucrative opportunity to keep making money with these films – but the haters are definitely out there, and their crowd seems to get bigger (and more vocal) with each new PA installment that comes around.

Paranormal Activity 4 will be in theaters on October 19, 2012. Chris Landon’s Untitled Spin-off project will likely be in theaters sometime in 2013.

Sources: BDTHR

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  1. What? They are going to destroy everything…

  2. You guys should consider adding some social sharing buttons to these articles. It would make things easier to share the article on social networks.

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  3. Well, [REC] is ending it’s run next year as well, so both films will be competing in the same category. But the thing is that the Latino-PA will not feature the zombies and all that. Still, am looking forward to seeing more PA films :)

  4. as long as the story make sense and quite entertaining, then I am fine making another story.. the PARANORMAL ACTIVITY FRANCHISE! love it.

  5. A “button scene”? Marvel had a reason for their button scenes, because all the characters are part of a shared universe that were being brought together into one story. This just sound like a commercial for a new movie jammed in your face. But who knows, what if this is leading up to a found footage extravaganza with ghost and zombies and demons and vampires and werewolves and witches and people with video camera leaving footage behind everywhere they go. Not too hopeful?

  6. “…we mean that, thought presented in English…”

    Why present thoughts in English for a Latino-themed movie? LOL.

    Perhaps you meant “though.”

  7. Aren’t the post-credit scenes called “stingers.” As for the idea of this, I am completely a-ok with this idea… so long as PA 4 legitimately closes the story of the main family. Thank goodness they aren’t going back to the past once again, but if they don’t give answers in this one I am through with the PA series.

    • Yeah, they’ve been used for years. People just think Marvel created them because they use it so extensively to hype future projects.

  8. I’m amazed this series is still going, after how dreadfully boring and over-hyped the first PA movie was.

  9. [REC] has done gone jumped the shark in the latest entry… I wept for 3 days solid.

    • @ Bobert – that is sad to hear. The first may be the best horror film of the 2010s and I thought the sequel was a decent, if a bit silly, follow-up. I figured I was going to skip the traditional third one/off-shoot/style departure and just catch the next one that will, hopefully, tie everything up. But, I take it from your comment that the third kept up the second’s downfall of the series…

  10. I have the best idea for a new Paranormal movie, Picture it. Katie Featherston and the cast are filming a new Paranormal Film, But we are Watching The behind the scenes for dvd. During filming we witness REAL paranormal activity occurring on set and a real person gets possessed Killing EVERYONE on set, Ending the series on a High, It could be called “Paranormal Activity: The real activity? What you think?

    • Hahaha, yeah definetely I would pay for it 😀

    • @Michael Hillen

      It would be a good idea, but its already been done with The Nightmare on Elm Street: A New Nightmare. So, it would all depend on the execution of whether this would be good.

      Still, its better than rehashing the exact same scares which is what the first two sequels have largely done.

  11. I don’t see a problem with a “latino” spin off. I wonder why no one has asked why the maid from PA2 knew exactly what to do to get rid of the demon (by sending it to Katie) and that it worked. The maid has been one of the few persons in the series to be active in working against the demon and surviving it. Maybe we’ll learn that these Covens have a history pre-America in what is now Mexico and South America. Maybe it will shed some light on what is going on now.

  12. Wow a spin of series, that’s seems crazy but if the money’s there why not.

    • The films may be fake, but the concept is real. Heed the warning: do not dabble further.