There are many questions surrounding Paranormal Activity 4 – and for some people, the most prominent one is, “How are these movies still getting made?”
However, for those of us who have been following the exploits of sisters Katie, Kristi, and the demonic force that has haunted them since childhood (as last explored in the prequel-sequel, Paranormal Activity 3), there are plenty of plot points and explanations that we still need to be unraveled. Today’s Paranormal Activity 4 teaser tailer previews manage to answer…pretty much none of it.
The whole ‘trailer for a trailer’ trend is obviously still in full swing, and – aside from a quick shot of a mysterious blonde woman at the end – this Paranormal Activity 4 trailer preview is one of the worst offenders, as it basically shows us climatic moments from the first two films (in reverse) without actually previewing much of the new trailer… That is, unless the new trailer itself is simply a recap of footage from the other films.
At this point, I think I speak for a fair number of PA franchise followers when I say: we want some answers. The ending of Paranormal Activity 3 – a film which promised to fill us in on backstory – left us more confused than ever. We still don’t know what happened in the period between Katie and Kristi’s demonic possession in childhood and their seemingly normal adult lives viewed at the starts of PA 1&2; not to mention, we’re no closer to finding out what, exactly, demon-Katie plans to do with her kidnapped nephew, Hunter, last seen during the final moments of PA2.
With PA3 directors Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman returning for the fourth installment, there needs to be some quick establishment of what this film will cover in terms of subject matter (the girls’ adolescent years or the present, after the events of PA2) and whether this chapter will be tying up all loose ends, or simply stringing us along for another ninety minutes.
Right now, the only thing this trailer preview does is (possibly) make one anxious to check back on August 1, 2012 to see what the actual teaser trailer is all about. Mission accomplished?
So: Check back on Wed, August 1st for the full Paranormal Activity 4 teaser trailer.