Movie Name: “Paranormal Activity: Ghost Dimension”

Release Date: 23rd of October 2015

Release: Theatrical Release

MPAA Rating: R

Horror Sub-genre: Found Footage

Synopsis: Using a special camera that can see spirits, a family must protect their daughter from an evil entity with a sinister plan.

“Paranormal Activity: Ghost Dimension” Film Analysis

Introduction:
Paranormal Activity: Ghost Dimension is the final installment to the franchise that began in 2007. Though the use of found footage approach,”Paranormal Activity” offered a fresh take with the supernatural horror sub-genre. Originally written and directed by Oren Peli, “Paranormal Activity”would become a welcomed contribution in horror cinema. The “Paranormal Activity” franchise grew with yearly installments, with each being a carbon copy from the last entry.  As a collective the “Paranormal Activity” franchise budget cost $18,015,000 (-/+) to make and earned $811,641,595 (-/+) worldwide. The numbers are staggering considering the franchise utilized a simple, repetitive production template.

Summary:
“Paranormal Activity: Ghost Dimension” is directed by Gregory Plotkin based off the screenplay written collaboratively by Jason PaganAndrew DeutschmanAdam RobitelGavin Heffernan. The latest entry was marketed as the film that answers unresolved questions and sets the pieces in place to the “Paranormal Activity” story line.

The sequence of events begins when brothers, 80’s porn-star-mustache wearing, Mike ( portrayed by Dan Gill) and Ryan (Chris J. Murray) discover a vintage camcorder inside a box that also contains  videocassettes. Seems familiar? This underling concept in “Paranormal Activity: Ghost Dimension” mirrors the plot structure from the Horror film “Sinister”.

The bulky apparatus captures paranormal manifestations invisible to the naked eye thus becoming an influential component in the film. How Original! Soon thereafter, unexplained instances occur throughout the home. Ryan and wife Emily (portrayed by Brit Shaw) notice their 7-year-old daughter, Leila (portrayed by Ivy George) acting peculiar and unnatural. Didn’t see that plot coming! The family must now find a way to confront the evil force terrorizing them. Two words; Move out!

The fact of the matter is the only thing that was terrorizing in the film, “Paranormal Activity: Ghost Dimension” were the below standard effects and CGI production. The feel of the film is reminiscent of a vintage PlayStation video game. The predictability of the plot coupled with the bland acting made the film difficult to digest. In fact, patrons that attend the screening were mocking the film just to produce a glimmer of entertainment. 

Cons: 

  • The low quality CGI “ghost” and effects
  • Horrendous use of 3D effects
  • Stale acting across the board
  • Over use of cheap Jump Scares
  • Regurgitated nonsense

Pros:

  • This is the final Installment to the “Paranormal Activity” Franchise

In closing

The movie is horrendous and an insult to paying moviegoers looking to experience frights and suspense. The final installment to the “Paranormal Activity” franchise offers sleep inducing trauma via torturous form of boredom. In fact, an unorthodox approach will be utilized in this review to spare potential frustrations from the curious.

Everyone dies in the final frames of the film, Ryan dies at the hands of Scorpion from “Mortal Kombat” and Leila walks away nonchalantly with the phantasm,  Tobi..The End  Thank you for making Blumhouse Productions a few dollars richer and losing eighty-eight minutes of your life you can’t get back.

 

  • 0-10 Avoid
  • 11-20- Mediocre
  • 21-30 -Good
  • 31-40 – Average
  • 41-50- Decent
  • 51-60 – Stunning
  • 71-80 – Must See
  • 81-90 – Amazing
  • 91-100 – Impressive
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