PARA­NOR­MAL AC­TIV­ITY: THE GHOST DI­MEN­SION The Last Ex­or­cism

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Di­rec­tor Gre­gory Plotkin

Cast Chris J Mur­ray, Brit Shaw,

Dan Gill, Ivy Ge­orge, Mark Ste­ger

Slap a dif­fer­ent ti­tle on this and it’d be just an­other en­ter­tain­ing, if generic, creepshow. But as the last ever Para­nor­mal Ac­tiv­ity film, it has to be more than just spooky – it has to pro­vide clo­sure, ty­ing up the loose ends of an in­creas­ingly slap­dash fran­chise. Un­sur­pris­ingly, it fails mis­er­ably.

Ghost Di­men­sion’s best idea is the ghost- cam, a bizarre in­ven­tion that makes the de­monic “Toby” vis­i­ble at last. Get­ting to watch the en­tity be­hind all those slammed doors as he grows in power is le­git­i­mately scary, though it’s prob­a­bly not worth shelling out for the ver­sion in 3D ( this en­try’s main in­no­va­tion). And giv­ing the ghost- cam to a new set of vic­tims, com­pletely un­con­nected to the fam­ily in the other films, is a mis­take; it didn’t work in the fourth film, and it doesn’t work here.

Watch it for the jump scares, if you must; there are a cou­ple of good ones. But don’t ex­pect a proper end­ing to the fran­chise – all this film does is un­der­line just how point­less ev­ery Para­nor­mal Ac­tiv­ity se­quel was.

Ex­tras Nine deleted scenes ( 20 min­utes). Sarah Dobbs

This is the only PA film that doesn’t even in­clude a cameo by Katie Feather­ston. Maybe she was wash­ing her hair.

She’d only asked Dad for a pic­ture hook.

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