As home video technology has progressed over the years the series has existed, the films have reflected the evolving nature of amateur videography using webcam and cell phone footage. Peli specifically prioritized realism in the first movie, an approach that proved successful in eliciting pure fear from viewers.
Eubank has signed on to direct the seventh installment in the series, according to THR. The director has three sci-fi features under his belt: Love, a lost-in-space drama, The Signal, an independent thriller, and Underwater, an action-horror film starring Kristen Stewart. The latter was Eubank’s first movie for a major studio, 20th Century Fox, as well as the filmmaker’s first foray into the horror genre. No plot specifics have been revealed yet, but the movie is rumored to be an “unexpected retooling” of the franchise. It will likely stay true to the series’ use of found footage.
It will be interesting to see if Paranormal Activity 7 reflects how people are currently capturing their lives on film and communicating virtually during the pandemic. Someone experiencing a demonic haunting today would theoretically have a camera at the ready to document it, as well as a virtual audience of friends and strangers. That person might also be quarantined with a ghost. This could be shaping up to be the scariest TikTok ever made.