'Paranormal Activity' Franchise to Conclude Where it Began
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‘Paranormal Activity’ Franchise to Conclude Where it All Began… At Screamfest!



Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension, image via Paramount

In some very cool news via Heat Vision, Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension will premiere as the closing night of the Screamfest Horror Film Festival, playing in RealD 3D at the TCL Chinese Theatre Thursday, October 22, the day before its wide release.

What makes this so special is that Screamfest hosted the World Premiere of Oren Peli’s indie Paranormal Activity, where it was acquired, retooled, and eventually released through Paramount Pictures to great success.

Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension is to be the final film in the franchise (for now), making this Screamfest premiere extra special, especially for those loyal festival goers who were there in 2007 for the first film’s debut.

“We are thrilled to have the Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension premiere close this year’s festival,” said Screamfest founder and festival director Rachel Belofsky. “We are so proud of Oren Peli and his success with the franchise. It’s great to have him back in the festival where it all began.”

The original movie, which Peri wrote and directed, had a platform release via “Demand It” fan screenings before going wide in 2009. In a nod to the importance of fans to the franchise, Screamfest, in a first, will simultaneously screen the movie in those original 12 markets

The markets include: Ann Arbor, MI; Baton Rouge, LA; Boulder, CO; Columbus, OH; Durham, NC; Lincoln, NE; Madison, WI; Orlando, FL; Santa Cruz, CA; Seattle, WA; State College, PA; and Tucson, AZ.

“It’s incredibly exciting, and somewhat surreal, to premiere the final installment of the Paranormal series at Screamfest where the first film premiered eight years ago,” said Peli “These films continued to be made because of the incredible fans that supported them from the very beginning, so I look forward to bringing the series back to its roots to honor them.”

Screamfest runs October 13 to October 22. Ghost Dimension is set to open October 23.