Paranormal Activity: Next of Kin Trailer, Release Date, Cast, Review & Plot

Paranormal Activity: Next of Kin

Paranormal Activity: Next of Kin

Paranormal Activity: Next of Kin is a found footage supernatural horror film directed by William Eubank, written by Christopher Landon, and produced by Jason Blum and Oren Peli that was released in 2021. Emily Bader, Roland Buck III, Dan Lippert, Henry Ayres-Brown, and Tom Nowicki star in the seventh edition of the Paranormal Activity franchise.

Despite the fact that Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension was marketed as the final installment in the original series, Paramount Pictures announced in June 2019 that a seventh installment and stand-alone sequel was in the works, with Blum and franchise creator Peli. Landon was hired to write the script in early 2020, and Eubank was announced as the director in February 2021. The cast was announced in March of that year, and principal photography was completed by July of the following year.

On October 29, 2021, Paramount+ released Paranormal Activity: Next of Kin in the United States.

Paranormal Activity: Next of Kin Trailer

Paranormal Activity: Next of Kin Release Date

On October 29, 2021, Paramount+ released Paranormal Activity: Next of Kin in the United States. The film was supposed to be released in theaters on March 19, 2021, however owing to the COVID-19 epidemic, it was pushed back to March 4, 2022. It was revealed in February 2021 that the film will be distributed exclusively on Paramount+. ViacomCBS CEO Robert Bakish stated in May 2021 that the film would premiere before the end of the year. The film’s release date was officially moved up to October 29, 2021 in September 2021.

Paranormal Activity: Next of Kin Cast

  • Emily Bader as Margot
  • Roland Buck III as Chris
  • Dan Lippert as Dale
  • Henry Ayres-Brown as Samuel
  • Tom Nowicki as Jacob
  • Kyli Zion and Kirby Johnson as Asmodeus “Tobi” of the Book of Tobit

Paranormal Activity: Next of Kin Plot & Review

“Paranormal Activity: Next of Kin” appears more like a ploy to cheaply profit off any residual interest in the brand than an opportunity to creatively relaunch it.

“Paranormal Activity,” directed by Oren Peli, became one of the most successful independent horror films of all time in 2007. It was effective in part due of its understandable simplicity, relaying the story of a haunting using cameras set up in an otherwise unremarkable suburban home for nearly nothing. The franchise it generated spiraled out of control, filling in the background of the original pair in a way that never seemed as effective as the first film’s pure horrors. The sixth installment, “Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension,” failed horribly in 2015. Of course, nothing ever dies in the horror business, and “Paranormal Activity: Next of Kin” will be released on Paramount+.

Margot is played by Emily Bader, a young woman who recently found that she was abandoned by a member of an Amish village and has decided to return there with her boyfriend, sound guy, and camera to film a documentary about her past. What was her mother’s name? What made her abandon her? Why are those who knew her mother so hesitant to speak about her? Yes, for much too long, “Next of Kin” resembles “Scary Amish People,” as Margot and her buddies look wide-eyed at the world around them. A scenario in which they get overly enthusiastic about seeing pigs (gasp) feels nearly parodic.

But, of course, this Amish community is about more than dairy farming and a complete lack of Wi-Fi. Margot discovers that her mother used to live in the room above hers, which results in some strange sounds coming from there in the middle of the night. Margot explores and discovers a hidden door, lit only by the kind of night camerawork shown in the still above, in the film’s opening hour. It’s the lone sequence that harkens back to the original’s unnerving effectiveness, in which the viewer’s eyes dart across the screen, looking for anything scary before it jumps out at them.

“Next of Kin” isn’t even close to being a found footage film. Listen, I’m not trying to be unduly critical of an often-malleable genre, but one of the advantages of found footage movies is that they force us to witness a limited frame of action by locking us into a POV. In William Eubank’s film, there are scenes with coverage, shot from various perspectives as if Margot had brought an entire crew with her. Because the “PA” discovered video format is so inconsistent and rarely used properly, it almost appears like the narrative was created in a traditional fashion and then shoved into it. Something about a found footage horror film isn’t working when you’re wondering who’s behind the camera.

To be fair, the final act does go off the rails in an enjoyable and admirable way. Things get truly horrific for Margot in the last 20 minutes, and it starts to feel more like a “Resident Evil” movie than a “Paranormal Activity” movie, as Eubank finally gets to unleash some of the visual insanity that made his “Underwater” remarkable. People would probably get it wrong if you asked them when it was over if it was a “RE” sequel or a “PA” sequel.

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