I almost phrased the title as a question, but with the bank that this series is making, the thrill and great scares of the movies, and the ending of these movies – if you have not seen them, you should. But if you need a more in depth look at this movie before deciding to see it, check out the review of Paranormal Activity 2 by our own Mike Hudec. But even if you don’t plan to see the movie at all, any well minded movie-goer knows that when a movie on a small budget makes big budget movie money, a sequel is expected. And on top of that, if the sequel makes more money than the first, a third movie was probably already on tap. But with a delicate story and film such as Paranormal Activity, you have to wonder, how far do we go from here? Do they repeat the second movie – making an film that is both prequel/sequel? Maybe a more straight forward, bare bones story more like the first movie, because –
They do give a slight back story to the demon, Kristi (the female lead in PA2) and her sister Kati (the female lead from PA1). Stating that the girl’s great, great, grandmother may have made a deal with a demon for wealth and power, in exchange for the soul of the first born boy to the family, which happens to be little baby Hunter seen in all the trailers. Suffice to say, and the end of the movie, Hunter is taken. Kristi and her husband Dan are killed, and Kati – the captor- is still possessed by the demon entity and leaves Ali, the daughter of Dan, to come home to find the bodies of her father, step mom, and a missing baby brother.
Which suffice to say, leaves us, the audience left to wait and speculate what the next movie will be about. Hopefully you are as curious as I am! Here I’d just like to entertain you, dear reader with a few story lines that the writers of the next movie can go with. I’ am going to try my best to stay within the continuity of the movie, and keep the characters on point. If you have yet to see either of the Paranormal Activity movies, I will warn you now, that there are major spoilers and plot reveals ahead. You’ve been warned.
The first storyline I’d like to present, is in my opinion, the most obvious plot to take. At the end of the second film, the credits state that Ali had came home from a school trip, finding the dead bodies of her parents. Left slain by a possessed Kati. Now from what I remember seeing, Ali was highly interested in the supernatural. Saying that it would be pretty awesome and cool if the house was indeed being visited by a ghost, because she was hoping it would be her deceased (biological) mother. She alone did most of the research during the haunting, and discovered the reason why the demon was possibly coming in the first place and whom it was coming for. Her interest is shown throughout the film, as she constantly pleads for her father to read her info, or watch the unexplainable videos. Even going so far as to ask Kristi to believe her. I can see her, older in the sequel as ghost/demon hunter. Eradicating malevolent spirits, and helping other spirits find their place in the after life maybe? All the while, trying to find the whereabouts of her missing brother.
The second plot that could possibly unfold is one that I’ve seen around several message boards. Starting off with Kati somehow loosing the demon entity, and becoming no longer possessed. Maybe a tie in, with the first plot above with Ali on Kati’s trail, and exorcising the demon from her aunt as they work to save Hunter’s soul. There a lot of variables here though. Where would Kati’s memory be? Would she recall what would happen the night she murdered Micah, or the few days later when she murdered Dan and Kristi and kidnapped Hunter? Personally I would enjoy Ali and Kati teaming up to rid themselves and their family of the murderous demon once and for all in this third film.
Lastly, a third path that would follow the same route P.A.2 has taken, by shooting as a prequel/sequel. More discovered home footage of the sisters Kristi and Kati in their youth as their mother and grandmother dabble in the dark arts. Maybe even go as far back as to show how the demon was introduced to this unfortunate family. And then cap off the movie with what happens directly after the events of the second movie.
There are, definitely, for surely so many storylines that could be developed here. Over the last several days, I’ve just been overwhelmed by even thinking about Paranormal Activity. So I’ll need your help from here dear reader, let me know where exactly you’d like to see the story of the demon go? I know a lot of scary/horror film aficionado’s enjoy the movies more when no back story is explained, but what do you think happened to Hunter, Kristi, and Ali and most importantly Martin the maid, and Abby the protective German Shepard? As you ponder, be sure to sleep with every light on, and a house full of people.