‘Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension ‘ – Review
By Lynn Sorel
Rating: 7 out of 10
Synopsis: Using a special camera that can see spirits, a family must protect their daughter from an evil entity with a sinister plan.
Our Thoughts: ‘Ghost Dimension’ begins with a flash back to the sisters when they are taken by their Grandma at the end of the third sequel and the conversation that follows it.
The story then cuts to 2013 and the Fleege family. While getting ready for their Christmas celebrating they find a strange camera and box of video tapes. The camera picks up a weird fuzziness in the air, which they are unable to determine the source of. The videos they found show family home movies from 1988. Unknown to them is the fact that the videos show sisters Katie and Kristi. In one of the videos, Kristi appears to be describing the modern day room of their daughter Leila.
Realizing that the camera is custom made for spirit photography, they become increasingly interested in determining the source of what they are seeing. Leila begins acting strangely, and they start find her awake in the middle of the night and talking to someone or something. As the activity, increases, we learn that Leila has also been talking to this ‘Toby’ talked about in the old video tapes. More about what is happening is revealed by watching the old tapes. The entity grows stronger as the family becomes more terrified of it’s presence.
For the first time in the ‘Paranormal Activity’ series we are able to see on film some of what is really happening. Much of what is shown is shadowy in nature, and doesn’t take away the imagination factor that propels the scares in the earlier films. However, it does suffer from showing a bit too much in a handful scenes. I do think it retained enough of the tension of the better earlier films to be enjoyable to series fans.
It is also the first of the films in which the family is Catholic and brings in a Priest to try to rid themselves of the demonic entity. More about what happened to the girls in their past is revealed than in any other of the films as well, which makes sense since it was the final ‘Paranormal Activity’ film. It was a stronger sequel than the fourth film, which I believe was the weakest in the series. Personally I think it was nearly on par with the third sequel, which was one of my favorites.
Ivy George who played Leila is one of the creepiest child actors I’ve seen in awhile. Chris J. Murray was also sympathetic as terrified father Ryan. I think ‘The Ghost Dimension’ was a good ending to the franchise. It felt conclusive, while giving us answers to our questions, and still leaving the future to the unknown. A sixth sequel will never be as good as the earlier films. However, it was an enjoyable conclusion that fans of the ‘Paranormal Activity’ that won’t want to miss.