See­ing I s Bel i e ving

The spooks are step­ping out of the shad­ows in Para­nor­mal Ac­tiv­ity: The Ghost Di­men­sion

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Red Alert -

The cin­e­matic equiv­a­lent of an an­nual ride on a ghost train it may seem, but the Para­nor­mal Ac­tiv­ity se­ries has a denser mythol­ogy than most give it credit for, each film an­swer­ing one ques­tion while pos­ing two dozen more. Not so with the sixth and fi­nal Para­nor­mal film – The Ghost Di­men­sion – which will ad­dress all of the se­ries’ lin­ger­ing mys­ter­ies.

“The great thing about de­cid­ing this is go­ing to be the last one in this se­ries pre- emp­tively is we got the op­por­tu­nity to an­swer all the ques­tions that we’ve posed through­out,” über- pro­ducer Jason Blum tells Red Alert. “Ev­ery movie prior to this was a tease. We’d give a lit­tle bit of in­for­ma­tion then give more ques­tions around it. This is the op­po­site.”

As well as of­fer­ing clo­sure, The Ghost Di­men­sion of­fers another in­no­va­tion – this time we’ll ac­tu­ally see poltergeist Toby in all his ec­to­plas­mic glory thanks to a cam­era de­signed for spirit pho­tog­ra­phy. “We talked about do­ing a ghost di­men­sion in an ear­lier movie but didn’t be­cause where could you go af­ter­wards? Once we de­cided it was the last movie, it opened up a lot of doors.” Blum ex­plains. “We talked a lot about what the ghosts would look like. All the things we weren’t al­lowed to do in the pre­vi­ous movies we fi­nally got to do with this one.”

As the se­ries that launched Blum­house pro­duc­tions into the strato­sphere and gave birth to its low cost, low risk pro­duc­tion model, how does Blum feel about putting Para­nor­mal Ac­tiv­ity to bed? “I feel su­per lucky and grate­ful to have been a part of it from the be­gin­ning. It put us on the map and gave birth to our model. But I feel very lucky we got to du­pli­cate the model. Our movies are made out­side the sys­tem but dis­trib­uted within the sys­tem, and that’s a unique thing. So ob­vi­ously it’s bit­ter­sweet.”

Para­nor­mal Ac­tiv­ity: The Ghost Di­men­sion opens on 23 Oc­to­ber.

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