PARA­NOR­MAL AC­TIV­ITY: THE GHOST DI­MEN­SION

Di­min­ished sixth

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Re­views -

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15 | 88 min­utes

Direc­tor Gre­gory Plotkin

Cast Chris J Mur­ray, Brit Shaw,

Dan Gill, Ivy Ge­orge

Even die-hard fans of the Para­nor­mal Ac­tiv­ity fran­chise are likely to be dis­ap­pointed by this lazy re­hash.

This time we meet yet an­other fam­ily mov­ing home. Dis­cov­er­ing a box full of home videos of all the kids in the pre­vi­ous films, they be­gin to link the footage with the strange be­hav­iour of creepy young daugh­ter Leila.

The di­a­logue is ex­po­si­tional al­most to the point of par­ody, and the bland un­fold­ing of the story’s mys­ter­ies rids the film of any sus­pense. For ca­sual cin­ema­go­ers all this is likely to be mind-numb­ingly dull, while for devo­tees there aren’t nearly enough an­swers to sat­isfy their de­sire to learn more about the mythol­ogy.

None of this would mat­ter so much if the film was at all scary, but it re­lies en­tirely on ba­nal jump scares that func­tion only to star­tle you out of nod­ding off. A higher bud­get means more ef­fects, but this mostly com­prises of an un­threat­en­ing cloud of black dust float­ing around – a laugh­able at­tempt to jus­tify a 3D re­lease. Mer­ci­fully at least, this is (sup­pos­edly) the last in the se­ries. Stephen Pud­di­combe

ALSO OUT MOCK­ING­JAY PART 2 (NOV. 19); THE GOOD DI­NOSAUR (27 NOV); VIC­TOR FRANKEN­STEIN AND KRAM­PUS (4 DEC).

Mir­rors: good for smear­ing with hands.

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