Paranormal Activity 2 has been announced and will be released this October in theaters. Now my question is, is this what fans of this movie want? Obviously it’s what the studio wants as they see it as an opportunity to make more money by exploiting a film that does not need a sequel and honestly I’m not sure many people want a sequel.
I loved the first movie. I actually think I like Paranormal Activity more than I liked The Blair Witch Project when it first came out and I liked that one a lot, but then the studio got greedy and released a sequel. If any of you have seen Book of Shadows: The Blair Witch 2, then you know what I’m talking about. Now I’m probably in the minority here when I say that I didn’t think the sequel to The Blair Witch Project was the worst movie I’ve ever seen, but I do think that it tarnished the originality and the idea that was the first movie. It tried to be creative in the use of the “found footage” that made the first one so famous, but it fell flat on it’s face. And this is what worries me about a sequel to Paranormal Activity.
If you weren’t aware, the writer/director/producer/editor/etc of Paranormal Activity, Oren Peli, is already hard at work on his next project entitled “Area 51” which, as I understand it, will use the same style as Paranormal Activity. So with that being said and with Paranormal Activity 2 supposedly coming out this October, it’s hard to imagine that Oren will be the man behind the sequel, which makes me nervous. Not to mention the fact that the movie does not need a sequel, nor do I believe fans of the movie want a sequel as I mentioned before.
Based on the history of film, majority of sequels are not as good as the original. Sure there are always exceptions to that rule; Terminator 2, Aliens and to some people, The Godfather 2 (among others), but the most of the time sequels lack that originality that the first films had. And with a movie like Paranormal Activity, between the way it was shot and the way it concluded, it seems like it would be extremely difficult to create a workable sequel that will satisfy both the fans of the original and newcomers to the film.
I’m sure there are some creative ways that they can take the story, like following Katie after she lunges at the camera or maybe following the police as they look for Katie, but those two right there would not be a good story if told through the first person eyes of a camera. I guess it could be like the show COPS and follow them around as they investigate, but it seems to cliche and lame. Then of course there’s the obvious way to create a sequel and have the demon spirit inhabit another body after leaving Katie’s, but right there you would be setting us up for the exact same movie just with different characters and it will most likely lack that feeling of realism that the first one managed to convey.
I don’t know, I’m still kind of torn on the issue so I wanted to see what you guys thought. Like I said, I’m a big fan of the movie and can’t wait to see Oren’s “Area 51” to see what else he can do with the shooting style, but I really believe that straight sequel to Paranormal Activity is going to ruin everything that was great about the first one. So what do you think about the a sequel to Paranormal Activity? Do you think it could work? Do you have any ideas on how they could move the story forward and not make an almost straight up rehash of the same story? Help me get excited about this or at least let me know that I’m not alone in not really wanting to see this get made.