Seeing I s Bel i e ving
The spooks are stepping out of the shadows in Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension
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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