Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension Review: Seeing is Not Believing

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Quality wise, the Paranormal Activity franchise has had longer legs than most horror franchises. It’s usually the second movie where things go horribly wrong in the writers room, but the first two sequels, especially Paranormal Activity 3, proved there was still some creative energy after the revolutionary original. Well, The Ghost Dimension is the sixth entry, and the time has come to give this beast the ax, which makes it good that this entry is being touted as the supposed finale.

Not that the Paranormal Activity mythology is particularly rich, but any fans looking for closure to the events of the five films preceding this one will be left out in the cold. This is mostly the same film as all the others. A family moves into a house, they use a camera to record every moment of their lives (this time, the writers don’t even bother to come up with an excuse), some paranormal stuff happens, a priest gets called, and the climax is nutso and ambiguous. Except, there is one major difference: this time we can see the “activity.” Great. Pinned to the wall to find something new, the filmmakers found a way to drop everything that made the first film, and countless classic horror films before it, actually scary.

Remember how weirdly creepy it was for the characters to simply find their keys in the wrong spot in the first one? Well, that’s been replaced with the same black goo that ruined Spider-Man 3. Between his appearances, we get to watch the characters watch Paranormal Activity 3. I’m not kidding. They literally sit in the garage and watch clips from the third movie. Like, more than twice. You can take the horror out of the horror movie, but you can’t take my brain out of my skull to make me somehow enjoy this crap. This movie honestly just sucks, sucks, sucks. It’s just a cheap attempt to draw people in with something different, but worse, to try and earn an extra buck. I’m glad that on opening night, I was one of only 10 people in the theater. Grade: F

By Matt Dougherty

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