Paranormal Activity: Ghost Dimension (2015)

Paranormal Activity: Ghost Dimension undoes much of the low key believability that was essential to the franchise with this heavily computerised fizzer. Deemed to be the last entry into the franchise, Ghost Dimension goes bigger but not better.

An unsuspecting family move into a new house and begin experiencing strange occurrences after they discover an evil entity is after the daughter.

Director, Gregory Plotkin ties in some lingering questions about the franchises overarching mythology, however six films in and the chills and thrills are gone. What began as a refreshing and haunting experience, it was disappointing to see all the follow up filmmakers stray so far from the original foundation – the chilling use of the unseen to terrorize viewers. A style that made the series so universally admired in the first place.
Lacking originality, Ghost Dimension is the most disappointing of the bunch. Notable cast members from previous film do not make an appearance and with so much time invested in the long running sense, my only question is “where is Katie?” Her absence denies us to feel any closure and instead the wrap up for the long running series feels jaded.

Ghost Dimension missing the mark on capitalizing on the fear of the unknown, as the audience is now finally gifted with a visual cameo appearance of the illusive, Toby. The series villainous being was much more frightening when he remained transparent, he now is a heavy computerized floating blob of dark mass.

Being a fan of the series in general it was disappointing to see the series with such a bang, go out with a fizzle. Ideally, I wish the filmmakers went back to basics and spend more time getting back to classic found footage, back to what ignited the popular franchise.

5.0 / 10

“Fuck you, Ryan! I wanted to stay at mum’s!”

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