Not many franchises reach the six film mark. James Bond, Harry Potter, Fast and Furious and The Marvel Cinematic Universe are all billion dollar properties that come to mind. The other side of endless franchises comes in the form of the horror genre, which tends to consist of increasingly ridiculous sequels that’s decrease in quality is only matched by it’s decreasing box office. So, it’s not looking good for Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension.
The sixth installment of the franchise follows a new family, who don’t appear to have a last name that I can find, as they discover a camera that can ‘activity’ that can’t be seen by the human eye. They also find a box of VHS tapes, which they naturally watch in an attempt to find porn (yes really), that show two young girls taking part in some unusual rituals, but not the kind they were hoping for.
Fans of these films will automatically recognise these two little girls from previous films, and much like many of the Paranormal sequels there’s more expansion of the mythology behind the films. This is what’s kept me interested in the franchise, and what I think keeps most of the fandom coming back for more. Not that a lot of people would take this as much of a compliment, but the revelations and developments in this film are my favourite in the series.
This film also has some of the better scares in the franchise, although it does have quite a lot of what some people think are the biggest downsides of modern horror. There are a lot of jump scares, and it does feature the same shot you see in every single found footage horror film (somebody being snatched rapidly away from the camera). One more thing I should mention is that this film makes excellent use of 3D, as it’s only on when you’re seeing through the camera that can see the ‘activity’. It sounds like a gimmick, and it is a gimmick, but I thought it was a great idea, and a cool way to make the ‘ghost dimension’ a real extra dimension. Sort of…
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