‘For the first time you will see the activity’
Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension is a 2015 American supernatural horror feature film directed by Gregory Plotkin (Hell Fest) from a screenplay by Jason Pagan and Andrew Stark.
Plotkin served as the editor for the past four Paranormal Activity films. The $5 million film was produced by Jason Blum and Oren Peli and stars Katie Featherston. According to Blum, it will answer all of the questions that the series’ mythology has posed up to this point.
Supernatural occurrences are taking place in a newly moved family’s home in Palo Alto, California. The family consists of four members including Ryan, a game developer, Ryan’s wife Emily, a stay-at-home mom described as “more serious than her young husband—she’s constantly on the go, does yoga, and though loving, has an air of maturity about her”, their 6-year old daughter Leila, described as “a fearless, opinionated tomboy”, and Ryan’s younger brother described as a “less fit, less funky version of his brother”.
The brothers find tapes of young Katie and Kristi being taught supernatural abilities by their grandmother. Despite the video being filmed 20 years ago, Katie breaks the fourth wall by noticing the Brothers’ presence. They also find a camera which can see paranormal phenomena that the human eye can’t see. With Leila being targeted by supernatural forces, Ryan must find a way to protect his daughter before it is too late…
” … suffers from the most annoying hauntees yet and having to cope with a hopeless tangle of story-so-far but earns a grudging extra star for its sparing deployment of old-school 3D trickery to get random scares.” Kim Newman, Empire
” … packed with cheap but nonetheless effective jump scares. If this is the last in the series, then the franchise has succeeded in going out with a bang — a bunch of them, actually, and at least a couple should have you involuntarily twitching in your seat.” Clark Collis, Entertainment Weekly
“Without much spark to the jump scares, the film turns to hoary exorcism tropes and CGI fantasias in the later going, undoing much of the low-key believability that was essential to “Paranormal’s” appeal in the first place. Youngster George makes for a very effective creepy kid when called upon, though her adult counterparts fail to leave much of an impression.” Andrew Barker, Variety
“For over an hour, the action highlight is a slight adjustment in the camber of a see-saw. 3D opens up new, inevitably darker looking corridors, but we’re basically being asked to pay a surcharge for much the same downtime and blank space. A marketing advance, maybe; a dead loss as a night out.” Mike McCahill, The Guardian
“The Ghost Dimension introduces an obnoxious set of adult bros, one of them the man of the house, the other his dumped sib who’s come to crash at Christmas time. Their discovery of an old video camera (complete with tapes) is painfully dull, and the rest of the cast’s … acting doesn’t help to liven things up.” Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out
Cast and characters:
Chris J. Murray … Ryan Fleege
Brit Shaw … Emily
Ivy George … Leila
Katie Featherston … Katie
Chloe Csengery … Young Katie
Jessica Tyler Brown … Young Kristi
Hallie Foote … Grandma Lois