Thursday, October 29, 2015

Movie Review: Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension

Blogger's note: Minor Spoilers for the movie.

I'm really of two minds when it comes to this movie. As a stand alone horror movie does it succeed? Eeeeh, yes and no. Does it succeed as a conclusion to the series? Eeeeh, yes and no. Just once I wished the creators could dump the 'scary things in the house with a new family' formula and done something new and exciting. But nope, another family and same old foruma.

As the final film in the series it gives a valiant attempt to tie up all the loose ends and answer all of the audience's questions. It tries to explain the importance of Kate (who is strangely absent in this one) and Hunter. And, well, if you have a mythical door in time from the last movie as a cheap gimmick, you might as well try to justify it in this one. And possibly create a time paradox in the process.

But there are still some things that are not answered at all. Off the top of my head, where is Jesse from the Marked Ones? It seemed like he was pretty important in the last movie. Why was he important anyway? He is not mentioned at all in this one. Ali was still alive and seemed determined to help others fight Tobey and the witches. Why not have a movie following up with her? But nope, never mentioned in the Ghost Dimension.

But unfortunately the Ghost Dmensions also tries to follow the same formula it has in every single previous movie. So how does it measure up as a stand-alone horror? In the end, just all right. The 3D ability to see the paranormal events looks shiny as an extra gimmick and the shaky-camera does have a few scary moments. Seeing how this is the last movie, the Ghost Dimension wants to throw every trick at the audience that has made the previous movies successful. Unfortunately, the Ghost Dimenson also suffers from some of the classic cliches. For example, characters explore the haunted house even though they know it's a really bad idea. There's a possessed kid, and a priest preforms a holy ritual. He might as well be wearing a red shirt at this point.

FINAL GRADE: 2.5 out of 5. Overall, the movie tries to both end the series with time travel and also be a serious horror movie at the same time. It only partially succeeds at both.

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