‘Paranormal Activity’ Gets Two More Sequels After Female-Led ’4′ A Hit
11:30 am, October 22nd | by Laura Donovan
Though the fourth installment in the nightmare-inducing series received mostly lukewarm reviews and made less than almost all of its predecessors, its teenage female lead, Kathryn Newton impressed many with her performance as a likable and tech savvy but vulnerable teenager, so it’s no surprise that the horror franchise will return next year for a fifth installment and spin-off flick.
If you walked out of “Paranormal Activity 4″ with questions about the back stories of new characters, you are in luck. Deadline reports that Paramount will be producing a “Paranormal Activity 5″ as well as a spin-off movie for 2013. The fifth installment will be out a year from now and the spin-off, which “will include the demon from the PA franchise and star mostly Latino actors and film partly in Spanish,” is reportedly going to cater to Latinos and folks in Latin America, the “biggest supporters” of the brand, according to a Paramount insider. I don’t know about you, but I’m stoked for both, and while the spin-off seems intriguing and different, I’m really holding out for further inclusion of Newton’s “wonderful” character, Alex in both new projects.
All the PA films have given me sleeping problems, but Newton’s performance was well worth the restless night I had hours after seeing the fourth installment. The budding actress got a lot of praise for her role as curious Alex, who is the only person in her family that seems to notice all the weird things going on in her house:
“Alex is a welcome change of pace from the camera-obsessed young adult husbands/boyfriends in prior entries and the dynamic between the character and her ‘boyfriend’ offer a good mix of lighthearted scenes to offset all the creepy ones.” — ScreenRant
“To its credit, ‘Paranormal Activity 4′ almost never ogles young Alex, played by the appealing newcomer Kathryn Newton, but she and her almost-boyfriend Ben (a likeable Matt Shively), bring a youthful energy to this ossifying series. They’re an endearing pair, flirting and sharing confidences via Skype. When Alex gets up from her bed to inspect the latest thud downstairs, a lovelorn Ben cries out from her laptop screen: ‘Wait, take me with you!’” — Newsday
“All the kids are great, too, including the two younger boys and older girl who is dating a handy dude with flippy hair, especially when they’re called upon to look terrified and bewildered.” — Moviefone
“Newton and Shively are likable enough in their roles as the sleuthing teens.” — Hollywood Reporter
“In a surprising — and refreshing — ‘Paranormal’ first, the focus in No. 4 is a teenager. Alex (Kathryn Newton, wonderful), the heroine, hangs out with her friend Ben (Matt Shively, also delightful) or talks to him via Skype when she’s not dealing with her bickering parents and young adopted brother, Wyatt (Aiden Lovekamp).” – NYT
“[W]hile Newton and Shively are an appealing lead couple, Allen and Lovekamp are also strong as kids in touch with.” — MTV.com
“There’s a rousing sequence late in the movie involving a car and a garage where Alex rallies the audience behind her and shows some impressive survival skills.” — Detroit News