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Long Delay For ‘Paranormal Activity 5’…

I’m not exactly sure where Paramount Pictures stands right now with Paranormal Activity 5, but I know that they were originally having trouble finding a cool new take. It’s also the reason that Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones nearly became the fifth film, and was released this past January. Unfortunately, it didn’t perform as well as expected, and now it looks as if the studio is taking a (smart) breather.

Via THR, Paramount Pictures International svp, EMEA Edward Ryan told CineEurope attendees that the fifth official film in the franchise will have to wait until 2016. That’s a long wait considering it was originally slated for release this October.

Now that they have time to find an interesting take, what would you guys like to see from PA5?

Paranormal Activity 5



  • Jason Downs

    I want PA5 to be the video recordings made by the priest attempting to exorcise Katie Featherston. Like the movie Exorcismus. It would stick with the “found footage” conceit AND it would bring Katie back as a potential future protagonist. I like evil Katie but if PA is the story of this particular woman, and it is (even Marked Ones helps to explain Katie’s story), it’s just too sad to imagine that she will be possessed for the rest of her life.

    • ChildoftheKoRn

      “(even Marked Ones helps to explain Katie’s story)”

      Exactly why I don’t understand how this is not considered a 5th, just because it doesn’t have a 5 in the name.

    • orangeluigi

      I agree, that is a sad reality to deal with being possessed for the rest of your life. Talk about a fate worst than death.

  • Matt Thompson

    I don’t think this is a smart idea at all. Who’s going to care in two years? It’s not like there’s a running storyline you can sell. This is probably going to make less money than THE MARKED ONES.

    • WalkingDeadGuy

      Even though I will always prefer that they take their time to produce something worth watching, I do agree with you that the interest in the ‘Paranormal Activity’ films is dwindling, therefore, they really need to strike while the iron is…lukewarm. lol. We’ve seen how fast interest in sub-genre’s change, first it was “teen horror,” then “J-horror”, then “torture porn”, and now “found footage”.

  • Saren Nevac

    The Marked Ones was fairly crap. I think they should just leave the series until they can think of something interesting with it. PA3 was good, PA4 sucked. An the whole witch idea is just boring. I guess i preferred it when the family was being haunted instead of now they add an army of witches.

  • Krug09

    The first 3 told a grat story. 4 was an rushed unscary piece of trash. Marked Ones i didn’t see. Just end the series already. part 4 killed it.

  • ThunderDragoon

    So are they going to keep cranking out spin-offs until then? The Marked Ones was my favorite, so I wouldn’t necessarily have a problem if they did that. 2016 is pretty far away. I wonder why they feel they have to wait so long. It’s not like it’s some big budget action franchise lol. I guess I’m just surprised they haven’t come up with any ideas for a part 5 since part 4 happened. It’s strange.

  • Anthony Gulino

    against popular opinion i really liked The Marked Ones and am completely convinced that these films have evolved and gotten “better and better” intricately weaving a complex plot through all five films…I’t may have underperformed at the box office but my guess is that many popular franchises might lose steam after five films…Not a costly picture to make so I’m sure this thing made serious money anyway..
    I actually think this franchise continues to improve and has done a superb job tying these films into each other… I really look forward to PA5.

    • Weresmurf

      I quite enjoyed The Marked Ones too, but for the fact it broke away from the tired formula they had adopted for the films. By utilising an actual cast, had the cameras move around, had significant events actually happen during the whole runtime of the movie instead of cramming them right in at the end, The Marked Ones felt like a real movie. It felt, to use the word again, significant, for the series. 2 and 4 felt tired as hell, but 3 I didn’t mind so much as it had a novelty to it. However that being said, I think this hiatus could really benefit the series. Go away for a while, come back fresh.

  • Chaz Villarreal

    No more. PA4 was horrible. PA3 had potential to be the best until they ruined it with the ending.

  • tyler

    These films were never good enough to even go straight to video let alone a theatrical release. I have watched episodes of Scooby Doo that scared me more than Paranormal Activity did.

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  • zigwardScissorHands

    I just don’t care about this series anymore. 4 was terrible and I have no desire at all to see the Marked Ones. I have lost all interest in the continuing story and mythology, maybe back when 3 was released but now I don’t care enough to get answers. Further than that I am sick to fucking of death of found footage films. I have seen so many they have blended together into one boring mess with the same old tricks and jump scares. Paranormal Activity popularized found footage but any new sequels will just be one among many now. Paranormal Activity 5 would have to change things pretty fucking dramatically to get me interested. Dropping the found footage gimmick (yes it is a gimmick at this point) would probably do the series some good.

  • I would watch a Paranormal Activity sequel that goes back to the 1980s as a follow up to PA3, or something that goes back farther to look at the grandmother’s involvement with the midwife cult. I would rather see these as direct-to-video releases.

  • Derek Weirather

    After 3’s ending, I just don’t care. I got pretty pumped for stuff that wasn’t even in the movie but was shown in the trailers. There was supposed to be a “fire” that they mentioned in the first 2 but it never happened. Instead it went with the stupid coven/cult thing that I really just don’t care about.

  • Chaz Villarreal

    Katie sucks and isn’t scary…just sayin

  • MJZuurman

    Why?! Two years delay? Nooo!

  • Chamber

    I really enjoyed “The Marked Ones” and it was really as much cannon as any other other films (the ending alone ties it closely to the first film). The fact that the majority of the cast was Latino probably made the producers take the “side-story” approach, which is bullshit. I am convinced that if it were a primarily white cast, it would have been called Paranormal Activity 5. Sorry to bring race into this, but there you have it.
    If they are going to take a break, they need to come back with something that is really shocking, Hire James Wan, pay him whatever he wants, and let him have at a found-footage horror film. He is the only one that seems to be doing the genre any justice these days, and I would love to see what he comes up with.

  • Travis

    I liked PA1, PA3 and Marked Ones. I’ll watch it for sure.

  • OceanSlaughter

    The last few movies were so bad, they might as well release this next one in 3D, just to kill the series completely.

  • WellDoneProductions

    I loved 1-3, but 4 simply went nowhere and had no scares. MARKED ONE was okay but “that ending” tried too hard. I’d like to see a (deep breath) PA film that is NOT found footage. Try a BLAIR WITCH 2 approach–which really had a clever idea at its core. Make a film about the PA universe, answer any lingering questions, make it scary, and then end it. Close the circle. They have made a fortune off these films so bank that and invest in a new franchise. But they have now had so much “time off” that they need to deliver a stellar film for the fans. And for the haters!

  • Tim

    The paranormal activity Franchise sucks it’s not even scary. The stroylines in all the paranormal activity movies sucks.

  • This is not good news either way you look at it. Correct me if I’m wrong, but wasn’t PA 5 supposed to come out in 2013, but they pushed it back to 2014? Now they’re pushing it to 2016? This reeks of a lack of faith from the powers that be.

    I’m not a big fan of the PA franchise, but I really enjoyed 3 (my pick for the best PA film). Although, I never understood all the hype behind the original, because it’sa pretty lousy film overall. When it hit, 2 bored me to tears, and 4 was atrocious in every way imaginable, easily the worst film in the franchise.

    But I’ll say this. I actually enjoyed The Marked Ones. A new setting and story with different characters really helped, and the finale was so fun to watch.

    I’ve said this on here before, but they NEED to change the formulaic pattern for the PA films:

    -Security camera footage of the house (we don’t need to know what’s going on in your empty pool and kitchen at 3 o’clock in the morning), and when something moves by itself, we’re supposed to be scared! Just……no.

    -Toby, the invisible demon, randomly attacks someone

    -And the movie ends with an ambiguous cliffhanger, so we don’t get any real answers to the questions in the current or previous film.

    This formula is repetitive, boring, tedious, predictable, and it needs to change, if they plan on continuing the PA franchise. Or they could do a reboot. Sadly, I’m only being half sarcastic, because with the way things are now, it wouldn’t surprise me of they actually rebooted the PA franchise in 2018 or 2019. lol.

  • Khy

    They should crank out one final film and end it all. Go out with some dignity.

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