Paranormal Activity 8: Will There be a Next of Kin Sequel?

With William Eubank at the director’s seat, ‘Paranormal Activity: Next of Kin’ is a dark and intense found footage horror film and a reboot of the original horror franchise of the same name. Written by series co-creator Christopher Landon, the movie’s story follows Margot, Chris, and Dale as they visit Margot’s picturesque Amish family home to film a documentary. The proposed documentary follows Margot in the quest of finding the truth behind her mother’s mysterious disappearance.

But Margot realizes something sinister is going on under the veil of hospitality and happy faces. The movie has all the usual ingredients of spook – a protagonist ignorant of her past, a lighthearted beginning, ritualistic sacrifices, a cult, red lights, and subtle jump scares – to keep the genre fans engaged. However, following the damning finale of the movie, you may wonder whether a sequel is underway. In that case, let us spill all the beans.

Paranormal Activity 8 Release Date

‘Paranormal Activity: Next of Kin’ premiered on October 29, 2021, on Paramount+. The movie was initially slated for a theatrical release, but following adversities posited by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Paramount finally decided to release the film exclusively on their streaming platform. Let us now divulge everything we know about a possible sequel.

This is the seventh film in the popular horror franchise that began with Oren Peli’s 2007 venture, ‘Paranormal Activity.’ Peli originally conceived it to be a standalone movie, but the director took his chances following its immense popularity. The haunts and toils paid off, and the film series became a profitable franchise. According to producer Jason Blum, the series would have ended with the sixth film, ‘Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension,’ which premiered in 2015. However, writer Christopher Landon thought the series had ample scope to move ahead, and after the sixth film, he penned the screenplay for this movie.

Naturally, it should come as no surprise that the franchise will be taken forward. ‘Paranormal Activity 8’ is set in stone. Wincent Sommers is slated to direct the movie in his second feature following ‘Slender Man: Origins.’ Titled ‘Paranormal Activity: The Other Side,’ the film is currently in production. If the filming concludes according to plan, we may expect the ‘Paranormal Activity: Next of Kin’ sequel to premiere sometime in October 2022. In fact, estimates suggest that the release date will be October 28, 2022.

Paranormal Activity 8 Cast: Who Can Be in It?

‘Paranormal Activity: Next of Kin’ stars Emily Bader as Margot, Roland Buck III as Chris, Dan Lippert as Dale, Henry Ayres-Brown as Samuel, Tom Nowicki as Jacob, Alexa Shae Niziak as Mary, Ari Notartomaso as Clara, and Jill Andre as Lavina. From early reports surrounding the sequel, it does not seem like any of the aforementioned cast members will reprise their roles in ‘Paranormal Activity 8.’

Having said that, however, ‘Paranormal Activity 8’ features an ensemble led by women. The names attached to the project thus far include Chethrin Schulze as Annie, Nika Sofie as Jen, Tamara Hitz as Mila, and Chany Dakota as Isabelle; they seemingly make up the core group around whom the plot is centered. Apart from them, Leon Pelz and Sonja Gerhardt will respectively embody the characters of Finn and Viola. Some believe that ‘Paranormal Activity 8’ may be linked to ‘Paranormal Activity 4’ in one way or another, so we may see some familiar faces back on the screen after all.

Paranormal Activity 8 Plot: What Can It be About?

In ‘Paranormal Activity: Next of Kin,’ Margot embarks on a journey to find out more about what happened to her mother and goes back to her hometown. In the process, however, she learns some horrifying and deeply disturbing secrets about the place and realizes that not everything is as it seems in the seemingly happy town. By the climax, the team realizes that Sarah, the mother, has been subjected to a ritualistic sacrifice to contain the demon Asmodeus, and Dale is also dead. Chris and Margot then leave the town.

In ‘Paranormal Activity: The Other Side,’ the story revolves around four friends who unfurl some rather unsettling secrets about their house and its “connection to the 1988 incidents,” which has given fans an impetus to believe that the 8th film may just follow in the footsteps of ‘Paranormal Activity 3.’ Moreover, given that the character of Katie is included in the roster of ‘Paranormal Activity: The Other Side’ — even though it is just through archival footage — there is a strong possibility that it will tie in with previous movies from the franchise.

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