Let’s be trustworthy: even earlier than Blum flat out dissed “Paranormal Activity: Next of Kin,” the way forward for this franchise was getting fairly murky. Its newest entry, a Paramount+ unique, was poorly obtained by critics and audiences alike — simply look to Rotten Tomatoes, the place it did not handle to crack above 40% with both group. Audiences actually have not misplaced their starvation for this explicit model of horror; we have lately seen it tackle a completely new type in screenlife films, lots of which nonetheless construct off the method that “Paranormal Exercise” launched so effectively. The issue is that this franchise desperately wants some contemporary concepts and has but to search out them.
When it comes to future plans, “Paranormal Exercise: The Different Facet” was set to reach in 2022, however has since been delayed till subsequent 12 months, although few particulars about its plot or launch have been revealed. Primarily based on Blum’s phrases, it feels like after this eighth movie arrives, it is likely to be an extended whereas earlier than Blumhouse breaks out the camcorders and eerie safety footage once more. However for you die-hard “Paranormal Exercise followers,” not all hope is misplaced. Throughout the identical dialog, Blum hinted that there could also be a path ahead by evaluating the franchise to a different current Blumhouse mission — the “Halloween films.” He stated:
“With ‘Halloween,’ we solely had the rights to a few films, so we stated: ‘Halloween Ends’! It ends for Blumhouse, a minimum of. With different issues, you simply have this sense it is time to put them to mattress. It will come again if some director I like, like Scott Derrickson, stated: ‘I’ve a fantastic concept for a ‘Paranormal Exercise’ film. But it surely’s not one thing I need to do [at the moment].”
Fast — somebody inform Scott Derrickson to work on his “Paranormal Exercise 9” pitch!