Fans of the Paranormal Activity franchise are looking for some answers from Paranormal Activity 4, considering that the ending of Paranormal Activity 3 - a film which promised to fill us in on backstory – only 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 - and 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.
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 prequel flashback form via Paranormal Activity 3), there are plenty of plot points and explanations that still need to be unraveled. Today’s Paranormal Activity 4 teaser tailer previews manage to answer…some of it.
With PA3 directors Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman returning for the fourth installment, there needed 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.
Now we know that the film will at least partly focus on where PA2 left off, as we pick up some five years after the events of PA2, in a new neighborhood where our young female protagonist is commenting on the creepy nature of a certain familiar-faced little boy who lives next door. Are we seeing demon-Hunter? Judging from the photo below, his aunt, demon-Kaite, won’t be far behind:
Of course, I wouldn’t be too quick to assume that this “neighbor POV” is the only thing we’ll be getting in Paranormal Activity 4. Personally, I’m betting that we could even see a lot of smaller segments strung together in the film, with the “found-footage” format being exploited to bounce viewers between multiple perspectives – possibly even different time periods (i.e., more footage of Katie and Kristi’s life in the past).
I say that because the directors responsible for the ’80s exploits of chapter 3 are heading up chapter 4 (so that era of the story is still fair game); the found-footage sub-genre has been forced to branch out and get more creative, lately (as seen in films like Chronicle and the upcoming horror anthology V/H/S); and finally, there are just a lot of questions that need answering, and suffice to say if the account of “neighbor girl” is all that we’re going to see in PA4, the filmmakers will officially be shooting themselves in the foot. Here’s hoping they’re smarter than that.
Paranormal Activity 4 will be in theaters on October 19, 2012.