‘Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension’ is the sixth and supposedly final instalment of the franchise. Horror fans have heard this before with the ‘Friday the 13th’ and ‘Nightmare on Elm Street’ franchises continuing after their alleged ‘final’ outings. The end can’t come soon enough for the ‘Paranormal Activity’ series with its lazy shaky-cam horrors inexplicably raking in dollars. Its promise of being the ‘last hurrah’ is one that it will be held to with its mediocre scares something true horror fans never want to see again.
Moving into their new home, Ryan (Chris J. Murray), wife Emily (Brit Shaw) and daughter settle in. Their fresh start quickly goes awry when Ryan discovers some old videotapes. Watching images of young girls being taught black magic, Ryan is disturbed by what he sees. His fears become magnified when his daughter Leila (Ivy George) becomes trapped by evil supernatural forces. Determined to protect his family, Ryan goes to great lengths to eradicate his home of evil once and for all.
Although better than its predecessors due to a more involving story, ‘Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension’ is still a depressingly lazy affair. Using shaky-cam and endless screaming, it seems to think this amounts to genuine terror. Sadly the only terror in evidence is from viewers realising they’ve paid to see this. Using the same story template as the others, it fails to add much new. The few fresh elements detailing how the series’ villains have evolved are interesting but there aren’t enough of them.
Director Gregory Plotkin oversees the production with little enthusiasm. He doesn’t elicit much atmosphere which isn’t helped by the mediocre performances. There’s no flair or imagination gone into creating something scary with the film almost wearing its cheapness as a badge of honour. It’s tragic these types of films have become so successful, leading others to craft works with very little effort. ‘Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension’ suffers from slow pacing and tawdry CGI – none of which is helped by the poorly handled 3-D effects.
‘Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension’ is as clumsily filmed as the others with its aims at being a memorable horror franchise laughable. A threat of another instalment would be the only true scare it could provide with audiences hopefully avoiding this one in droves.
Movie Review Rating out of 10: 2
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