Big Surprise: 'Paranormal Activity 3' Hits Theaters October 2011
Since the first sequel has raked in $156 million worldwide so far, and it only cost about $3 million to make, it's no surprise that Paramount is eager to get Paranormal Activity 3 off of the ground. It looks like the next sequel will come as fast as the Saw sequels started launching after their Halloween box office success as Bloody Disgusting reports the studio and producer Oren Peli (who directed the first Paranormal Activity) have set an October 21st, 2011 release date for the threequel. Though no details are known about the story yet, the second film offered some hints and possible paths the next installment might go. Spoilers ahead!
Since Tod Williams essentially delivered a prequel/sequel that both showed events before and immediately following the horror of the first film, I think that once again the next sequel will have to go further into the past. Collider came up with a few potential plots (both real and tongue-in-cheek) for the sequel shortly after Paranormal Activity 2 dominated the box office, but I've got my own ideas about where the story should take us. Many people think we should simply go back to when Katie Featherston and her sister Kristi were children and the infamous demon tormented and haunted them in their bedroom. That seems too easy, and somewhat difficult considering video camera technology wasn't all that great back in the day to justify keeping the "found footage" feel of the franchise.
Personally, I don't think we have to go back that far. When the sisters were talking about the strange happenings in the second film, Katie warned Kristi that she shouldn't dwell on them or she'll end up just like their mother. To me, that doesn't imply that she's dead, but that she's likely gone crazy with thoughts of this demon. Since we don't know why the demon suddenly came to Kristi's house, it would be great to have the third film set in a mental hospital where Katie and Kristi's mother is locked up and where the demon begins its aggressive attack on their family.
Think about the possibilities! The hospital would have security cameras all over the place to see the demon in action, and no one would think anything of it if patients pointed out the strange happenings since they're all crazy anyway. There we would see the demon messing with the mother and likely discovering how he comes back to claim the first born son of the family whose ancestors likely made a deal with the devil as hinted in the second film. It would up the ante and continue to tell us more about this demon and his origins. That's my two cents, but we still have to find out who will end up directing it. What do you guys think?