You know it’s getting closer to Halloween when you start hearing more and more about horror movies that want to capitalize on the spooky season of candy and treat or treating by scaring you half to death (The Conjuring, for example), or just grossing you out with gore galore (Evil Dead, which, funnily enough, I share my name with its main protagonist). Some of the most effective films that have fit into the former category have been found footage films, such as Blair Witch. By putting the audience in the perspective of the film, it creates that connection that is unique to that style of a horror movie. The Paranormal Activity series has been one of the most recognizable names in horror cinema, and like it or not, they’ve been successful enough for us to get to the seventh installment of the franchise, although Paranormal Activity: Next of Kin will launch straight on Paramount+ when it premieres October 29, coinciding nicely with Halloween 2021.
We got some new details of the upcoming film earlier today, including a new teaser trailer. Paranormal Activity: Next of Kin was originally slated for a launch on the big screen before the decision was made to bring the film forward to capitalize on that Halloween 2021 window. The upcoming found-footage movie will be directed by William Eubank, whose previous work in horror with 2020’s Underwater has led him to the director’s chair of one of horror’s most iconic franchises (even if the quality of some of the later ones might be debatable).
What do you make of the Paranormal Activity: Next of Kin trailer? Can you believe we’ve got to the seventh film in the franchise? Were you a big fan of the original films or did you think it went downhill from the first one? Leave us a comment down below with your thoughts.