PARANORMAL ACTIVITY: THE GHOST DIMENSION
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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.