paranormal activity movies ranked

This will not be a defense of the Paranormal Activity series.

You either like these movies or you don’t. You either appreciate their charms or you find them dreadfully boring. You either dig their slow-burning tension or you hate their reliance on jump scares. You either respect their commitment to an increasingly overblown and confusing mythology or you tuned out two movies ago. I have no intention of convincing you that these movies are worth your time if you have already decided that they are not for you. But if you like them… Hi! Welcome to the club.

With the sixth and supposedly final film in the series, Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension, in theaters now, I am going to rank all six of these movies. Because even though this series has burned me and angered me and driven me up a wall built out of my own frustrations, I genuinely like two thirds of these films. But which two thirds? Well, feel free to read on, if you dare.

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Paranormal Activity The Ghost Dimension trailer

We’ve heard before that all the activity has led to this, but in the case of Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension, it really seems to be true as this is meant to be the final chapter in the found footage horror series.

And as one last ditch effort to get people on board before the film arrives next week, one final Paranormal Activity The Ghost Dimension trailer has arrived, with some new footage from the sequel that will show us more of the spirits and demons than we’ve ever seen before, including the infamous Toby. Read More »

Paranormal Activity prank

Next week brings what is supposedly the final installment of the Paranormal Activity franchise. The found footage horror sensation began in 2009, when a little Slamdance film garnered so much buzz for being flat-out scary that it became a surprise horror hit. It spawned what will be five sequels when The Ghost Dimension arrives.

And since this is the final chapter of the film series, the marketing team behind the films wanted to have one final bit of fun with some unsuspecting strangers. An effects crew was hired to rig the actual house from the first movie for quite the incredible Paranormal Activity prank. This would scare the hell out of me. Read More »

Fall 2015 Movie Preview

We’re well past the midpoint of the year, and we’ve already delivered our list of the Top 10 Films of 2015 So Far. And as we reach the end of the summer, the movie business starts slowing down, giving a little calm before the storm that is awards season. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t still tons of movies to look forward to before the end of the year.

That’s why we’ve collected a list of 30 Movies to Be Excited for Before the End of 2015. And since there are so many great movies coming up before the end of the year, this is the Blockbuster and Studio Edition of the list, and next week we’ll deliver a completely different list for independent movies. But until then, here’s a list of movies we think you won’t want to miss over the next four months. Read More »

Passengers greenlit

More dino movie tidbits, plus writhing men and angry robots. After the jump:

  • Kauai thanks Steven Spielberg for the Jurassic movies
  • A lot of Jurassic World‘s money came from 3D
  • Frank Marshall expects a call about Jurassic World 2
  • Shawn Hatosy signs up for Fear the Walking Dead
  • See a new poster for Alvin and the Chipmunks 4
  • Paranormal Activity branches out with a VR game
  • UK bookies think Damian Lewis could be the new Bond
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger is the new voice of Waze
  • Take in a new clip from Terminator: Genisys
  • Channing Tatum gets his Magic Mike on at LA Pride
  • Jimmy Kimmel asks Chris Pratt about Indiana Jones

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When Oren Peli released the first Paranormal Activity in 2007, no one would’ve guessed seven years later, we’d still be talking about it. But here we are in 2014, and the fifth film in the franchise, Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones, is now in theaters. Though the main storyline for this film is separate from the thread of the first four, the series’ overall mythology is expanded and changed significantly near the end, which is likely to leave audiences guessing as to what’s coming next.

What’s coming next is Paranormal Activity 5, in October. While the writer and director of The Marked Ones, Christopher Landon, wouldn’t quite comment on what’ll happen in that film, he did reveal that he, Peli, and producer Jason Blum (among others) have come up with an ultimate ending to the franchise. However, it’s more than one movie away and they might not get there. Read More »

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Here’s the Swedish trailer for the Latino-themed Paranormal Activity spinoff, Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones. The film looks a bit like the Paranormal franchise crossed with Chronicle, as a kid looking through the belongings of a recently murdered woman finds himself “marked” and subsequently possessed of inexplicable powers. But that’s only the beginning of his predicament, and things don’t go so well for the guy. Read More »


There’s no sequel to Paranormal Activity this year, but just as the new year turns there will be The Marked Ones. Directed by Christopher Landon (who co-wrote Paranormal Activity 2-4) this is the “Latino-themed” spin-off we’ve heard about. It has some black magic, some super powers via possession, and some good old fashioned street intimidation. Check out a trailer below. Read More »

‘Paranormal Activity’ Will Rise Twice in 2014

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Briefly: Paramount and Blumhouse Productions have been very happily cranking out a new Paranormal Activity film each year since the first became a smash hit in 2009. But the fifth film won’t hit this October. It was pushed back not long ago, and we know now that Paranormal Activity 5 will open (as expected, more or less) on October 14, 2014. There are no announced writers or directors for the film at this point.

But there’s another dose of supernatural found-footage horror coming before that October ’14 date. STYD reports that the first spin-off from the series, aimed at the Latino audience and called Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones, will be one of the first films out of the gate next year. Release is planned for January 3 2014.  Paranormal Activity 2-4 writer Christopher Landon directed the film, and this confirms the expected January release date.

We don’t know what the story of The Marked Ones will be at this point. We understand that it is set in the same general world as the other films, but don’t know if it relates directly to the story established in the first four core films in the series.