When the Paranormal Activity series launched in 2007 it was an instant phenomenon. The $15,000 films took in more than $100 million at the box office. It was the biggest low budget horror since The Blair Witch Project and re-introduced the public to found footage and took it to a new and very inventive level. Now 8 years later there have been 5 official sequels and even one overseas sequel. The latest and perhaps last installment is Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension.
The Fleege Family has just moved into a new home to start a new life in Santa Rose California. In sorting through some belongings left in the house, Dad Ryan (Chris J. Murray) finds a strange old camera with a pile of old video tapes. Ryan uses the camera to record their first nights in the new house as well as the days leading up to their first Christmas. But when he looks through the viewfinder, a strange material seems to linger in the air, not visible to the naked eye. When his daughter Leila (Ivy George) starts behaving strangely, Ryan and his brother Mike (Dan Gill) start to investigate the history of the house as well as the recordings on the tapes, mostly of young sisters Katie and Kristi from 1988. As the truth about the camera and the girls becomes unraveled, Ryan fears what mysterious power may reside in their house and for the safety of his own family.
I have been a huge fan of the Paranormal Activity film series. The only entry I wasn’t big on was part 4 but every other film was hugely entertaining for me. I like the found footage genre a lot and Paranormal Activity does it right. This one is a lot of fun with some great new gimmicks regarding the camera and its ability to actually show the malevolent forces in the house. As a result there are far more visual effects in this film than any of the other ones, but the effects are still subtly done and very effective. The cast members are all solid and believable and the connections to the series mythology are well done and interesting. I find it hard to believe this is the last film, it doesn’t exactly tie things up into a neat bow, but if the series does end here, Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension does a fine job of making sure it is suitably finished. Definitely recommended for fans of the series especially.