I think many of us were quite surprised to hear that the Paranormal Activity series was coming back for another round and it wasn’t heading to the big screen.
Next of Kin debuted on Paramount+, coupled with a documentary focusing on the series’ legacy and place amongst the horror pantheon.
From the outset, it is clear that this is a different kind of film but with plenty of the DNA of the previous entries.
Margot, a young woman who was abandoned by her mother as a baby, travels to a secluded Amish community with a documentary film crew seeking answers about her mother and extended family.
Much like the soft reboot of Blair Witch in 2016, the group employ drone footage, which adds another dimension to proceedings. Director William Eubank also takes a leaf out of the REC textbook with some well-timed scares, including one particular nerve-shredder set underneath a bed.
Given the soft reboot nature of the film, Next of Kin also takes some chances plot-wise, with some interesting choices that will surely polarise fans and newcomers to the series.
The cliffhanger nature of the finale certainly opens up the world of Paranormal Activity and it will be interesting to see if this plot thread continues or they reset once again.
Paranormal Activity: Next of Kin is available now at Paramount+.