For this month’s next review for Genre Grandeur – Found Footage Movies, here’s a review of Paranormal Activity Ghost Dimension (2015) by Darren of MovieReviews 101
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Paranormal Activity Ghost Dimension
Director: Gregory Plotkin
Writer: Jason Pagan, Andrew Deutschman, Adam Robitel, Gavin Heffernan (Screenplay) Brantley Aufill, Jason Pagan, Andrew Deutschman(Story)
Starring: Chris J Murray, Brit Shaw, Ivy George, Dan Gill, Olivia Taylor Dudley, Chloe Csengery, Jessica Tyler Brown, Don McManus, Michael Krawic
Plot: Using a special camera that can see spirits, a family must protect their daughter from an evil entity with a sinister plan.
There may be spoilers the rest of the review
Verdict: Been Here Seen This
Story: Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension starts by reminding us what happened in the Paranormal Activity set in 1988 the third one I think. We move onto meet the new family Ryan (Murray), Emily (Shaw) and Leila (George) who get a visit from Uncle Mike (Gill) and Skyler (Dudley).
The family discovers an old camera that seems to be out of focus but is picking up a blur that when you enter into the blur you end up going into an underwater feeling. After finding old videos Ryan and Mike get a haunting glimpse into the ghost dimension when one of the girls on tape describes the decoration in Ryan’s daughters room. This makes the residents of the house think the camera can identify ghost and most notable Toby, but what do the ghosts want with this family?
Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension seems to put a random family into the house where the previous films have taken place, we try to deal with who Toby is and the people behind the cult might be but not enough because like all the Paranormal Activity films we lack that protagonist to come back and face the demon. We are left going around the same old circles getting nothing new with the scares, oh wait we actually get to see Toby which is a problem as that is why we love Toby not knowing what he looks like. I will give this positives that it actually goes in a direction we should have seen a long time ago.
Chris J Murray: Ryan is the father of the house who finds the old camera with added abilities that shows the haunting of his daughter but still ends up doing the same things as all the over male character through the whole series. Chris does a basic job and is behind the camera for the most part.
Brit Shaw: Emily is the wife and mother of the household who see the haunting happening but let’s her husband deal with the issues as they try to work together to find a solution. Brit does a basic job giving the screaming performance when it comes to the demon.
Ivy George: Leila is the daughter of the family who is being haunted by Toby but she sees it as an imaginary friend not knowing the danger she is in. Ivy gives a good performance for the young actress that shows that a child can see fear in different light to the adults.
Dan Gill: Mike is the brother of Ryan’s who comes to stay with the family to get over a break up over Christmas, he works with Ryan to understand what is going on with the camera and the hauntings. Dan does also gives a basic performance but by now we don’t need too many good performances in this sort of film.
Support Cast: Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension has a small supporting cast in a family friend, priest and people from the found footage. They all do enough without really doing anything special.
Director Review: Gregory Plotkin – Gregory brings us an average horror that is a drag in the most part but the final act really is edge of your seat stuff.
Horror: Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension enters into the let’s throw stuff at the camera and make you jump throughout without really succeeding in it.
Settings: Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension brings the action back to the same house where we have been before which helps us try to understand why this family is picked.
Special Effects: Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension has good special effects that try to be original compared to what we have, well not seen in the series before.
Suggestion: Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension final the franchise only (Reason)
Best Part: Final Act.
Worst Part: We have seen it all before.
Chances of Tears: No
Chances of Sequel: Hopefully not.
Post Credits Scene: No
Oscar Chances: Best Picture, ok maybe not.
Runtime: 1 Hour 28 Minutes
Tagline: Every secret will be revealed.
Trivia: Including this movie, the franchise has an accumulative $18 million budget. The first 5 films of the franchise have, altogether, grossed a total of $811 million.
Overall: It ended well once it all got started