Paranormal Activity timeline connects freaky, found-footage dots

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Dec 17, 2012, 3:27 PM EST

Paranormal Activity, which started as a found-footage indie film in the vein of The Blair Witch Project, has quickly grown into one of the biggest modern horror franchises of the decade. Luckily, there's a nifty new infographic to help keep all those sequels straight.

For a story that started as a simple ghost story with a young couple, the Paranormal mythology has gotten pretty complicated as of late.

Broken down by film, character and year, this new infographic via Dread Central is a great primer to get up to speed before watching Paranormal Activity 4 when it opens Oct. 19.

The latest sequel stars Katie Featherston, Kathryn Newton, Matt Shively and Brady Allen, and continues the trend of building found-footage scares around a cast of relative unknowns.

Check out the infographic below, and finally make sense of all those criss-crossed timelines once and for all:

Have you kept up with all the Paranormal sequels as of late, or did you lose interest after the first one?

(Via Dread Central)