Paranormal Activity star talks sequel
I do find this rather amusing, the star of Paranormal Activity (Filmstalker review), which was more faux documentary than horror or even scare film, is heading for a sequel and the star of the first, Katie Featherston has been asked about whether she would want to return for a sequel.
While she's obviously keen for it, her response makes me shake my head in wonder, wonder at what script she was reading for the first film when she decided to take it up. Then again, perhaps she didn't see a script.
When asked about appearing in the sequel, here's what she said:
”I don't know. I'm waiting to hear. If they had a way to put me in there in a way that would be reasonable and make sense - I don't know how they'd do that - I'd definitely be down for it. If I get that phone call, I will be there. I will be scared or happy or whatever they want me to be.”
Okay, let's back up a minute. My issues with the film and why it failed to illicit any scare or spook factor in me at all was because of the complete lack of believability of the characters, they made decisions that weren't just against type, they were against human reasoning. Perhaps a complete sociopath or someone that was completely insane with no part in reality might make them, but not a human.
It came down to two things more than anything else, one was leave the house. Open the front door and walk out. The second was when I hear my wife scream from downstairs and fall with a thud (half way through the film) I do not grab a camera, make sure it's on, and film my point of view right down to seeing her motionless on the floor and filming that too. Automatic responses kick in and you would race there or even drop the camera to go to her when you see her lying there.
So just with the two major issues from Paranormal Activity (Filmstalker review), not leaping into the others, I can clearly see why the original film is neither “reasonable” nor “make[s] sense” as Katie Featherston says of the sequel.
Now if she's saying that of the sequel and that she would star in it if it met those criteria, why did she agree to do the first film? Cause it doesn't match those criteria to me.
The story from MTV through AITH reminds us that the film is only five months away from being released and that Michael R. Perry is still working on the script – working on the script without any talent signed, or at least without the previous lead knowing if she's in or not?
To me that sounds like they are either going with brand new characters or they're planning on filming fast. If they are going with new people it also makes a bit of a mockery of the original idea, the spirit was connected with her, not anyone else.