Released in 2009, Paranormal Activity changed the horror game in a big way, paving the way for the micro-budget films (often of the found footage variety) that have dominated the landscape of the genre for many years now. This year, after three sequels and a spin-off, the series comes to an end.
USA Today provides not just the first look at October’s Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension tonight, courtesy of a few images, but they also scored a whole lot of information about the film. It’s been shrouded in secrecy since it was announced, and now we know it will neatly wrap up the found footage franchise.
“It’s coming to an end. This is it, the finale,” producer Jason Blum told the outlet. “We’re saying it before the movie opens. We’re not going to grind this horror franchise into the ground. This will keep Paranormal Activity as part of this culture and this particular time in a really fantastic way.”
“We couldn’t go just teasing,” continued Blum. “All the questions that everyone has asked from the past Paranormal Activity films: What does Toby look like? What’s the backstory to the families? These questions have been teased out. Now they will be answered.”
The Ghost Dimension, presented in 3D, will tie directly into the events of the previous films and will even reveal Toby, the demonic figure who has served as the franchise’s unseen villain.
“We’ve done well without showing Toby, being able to create tensions and scares based on audiences’ imagination,” says producer Oren Peli. “But people are very curious.”
Directed by Gregory Plotkin, the brand new sequel is due in theaters October 23rd and follows a new family, the Fleeges — father Ryan (Chris J. Murray), mother Emily (Brit Shaw) and their young daughter Leila (Ivy George) — who move into a house and discover a video camera and a box of tapes in the garage.
When they look through the camera’s lens, they begin to see the paranormal activity happening around them — including the re-emergence of young Kristi and Katie.
Check out the first images from The Ghost Dimension below, and come on back here for the trailer tomorrow night!