Paranormal Activity : Ghost Dimension

Hmmm, I am not sure how I feel about this franchise now. After 6 movies I feel a bit let down for having stuck to this much maligned (and loved in some ways) franchise as it ended on a lame note. Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension is a 2015 American 3D found footage supernatural horror film directed by Gregory Plotkin in his directorial debut, and written by Jason Pagan, Andrew Stark, Adam Robitel, and Gavin Heffernan. The movie stars Chris J. Murray, Brit Shaw, Dan Gill, Ivy George & Olivia Taylor Dudley (the hot actress who I just watched in a movie with a similar theme).

The shows us the ending of Paranormal Activity 3 in which Dennis’ spine is crushed by a mysterious force and grandma Lois takes Katie and Kristi upstairs while the same entity takes the camera with them (so a demon who wants all this to be recorded? Right!). They all go into a dark room where a man speaks to the girls about “Toby” and how they are critically important to his plan. 25 years later, in 2013, we have Ryan Fleege, his wife Emily, and their eight-year-old daughter Leila are about to celebrate Christmas, when Ryan’s brother Mike moves in for 2 weeks after breaking up with his girlfriend. Along with them, is Skylar (it’s not explained as to who she is but I guess she is either the nanny or Emily’s sister. Leila seems to be talking to an imaginary friend (who we know is Tony). Mike finds a box of old video tapes, dating from 1988 to 1992. In them contains videos of Kristi and Katie with their mother and her boyfriend Dennis in 1988, whilst others from 1992 are in Lois’s house where the two are practicing supernatural abilities with the mysterious man. While watching one of the videos, Ryan and Mike notice that the girls are seemingly aware of the two’s presence: they are able to foresee Ryan and Mike’s every action as the pair simultaneously watch the video.

Ryan finds an old video camera which when he uses up spiritual beings. He tries to record things overnight to see if these being come up and at night, a black figure arises out of the ground and hovers over Leila for several hours, and she eventually talks to it. Soon, Skylar walks in and checks on Leila, only to be attacked by the spirit. The next night, Ryan tapes Leila sleeping, but a dark and demonic spirit appears on camera and forces him to drop the camera. The following day, Ryan and Emily go out for the night and leave Skyler and Mike to take care of Leila. After experiencing the entity outside, they discover a slab of concrete in the ground with Katie and Kristi and the year 1987 etched in it. They discover their house is built on the same property that Katie and Kristi used to live in before their house burned down in 1992. As days pass Leila becomes less and less talkative and this worries her parents, who call in a priest named Todd. Although he tries his best to talk to the girl, Leila ends up attacking him. Todd says that ‘Toby’ is a demon linked to a cult called The Midwives. Ryan researches the cult, and realizes they killed a family in Nevada related to a boy named Hunter, who was born on the same day as Leila. He also learns that Leila’s blood is needed to finish his transformation into a physical being. One night, Leila’s interaction with Toby leads her to open a doorway to another realm into which she disappears. Ryan and Emily find her soon after, but flee with Leila to a hotel.

They later come back with Todd to cleanse the house and trap the demon. The house starts to shake violently and Todd is dragged away by Toby (and killed I suppose). The family continues the cleansing the demon in a white sheet and finishes reciting a prayer. Leila returns to normal and the demon disappears. But suddenly Skylar vomits blood and some of it spills on Mike and they both die as if by the effects of acid. Leila then flees, and Ryan and Emily chase her upstairs, but Ryan is killed when a large arm impales him through his chest. Leila sprints away into the “portal” in her room with Emily following her; she arrives at Kristi and Katie’s mother’s house in 1988, where she finds a young Katie and finally confronts the human version of Toby. Emily pleads with the demon to spare Leila, but is killed and her body is tossed at the camera as it flips over. Leila identifies the demon “Toby” and the two walk off as the camera cuts off, ending the film.

That ending was as unsatisfying as most and doesn’t offer anything new from a whole spate of movies that I have seen in the horror/supernatural genre. I give this film a 6.5 outta 10!

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