Thursday, October 13, 2016

Film Review: Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension (2015)

Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension (Review)
United States/2015
Format Viewed For Review: Amazon Instant
Netflix Streaming: No
Amazon Prime: Yes
*A 31 Days of Halloween Special Review

"I've reviewed hundreds of films for this site and this is one of the most boring movies I've ever watched."

A couple must use a camera that can see spirits to save their daughter from a malevolent entity...

In terms of plot, there isn't much to say about Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension. As usual, most of the film plays out like someone's excruciatingly boring home videos. The plot goes a little something like this: dad finds a camera that can detect spirits, he notices some ghostly figures, daughter exhibits strange behavior, and family tries to save her by any means necessary – which includes a priest, of course. That's all. The film obviously connects to the other installments, but nothing to make you say 'wow' or even capture your attention. It all leads to a very disappointing climax and a lackluster ending.

I really wanted to enjoy this movie. Unfortunately, The Ghost Dimension is just downright boring. This installment drops the 'the less you see'-angle and opts for a stronger visual presence, but it's still boring. Sure, it actually has a ghost you can see now, but the lack of suspense still makes for a dull movie. The reliance on the same old jump-scares doesn't help, either – they're predictable and dull. Honestly, I think this film was made as a torture device. It's like the filmmakers tried to put you to sleep just to see how many times they could wake you up with loud noise – sleep deprivation is not a joke! I'm already bored of writing this review, so I'm going to start wrapping it up.

The acting is what you'd expect from a found-footage movie – serviceable. Ivy George, who plays the child in this film, probably delivered the best performance in the movie. The camerawork isn't too shaky this time around, but it still suffers from poor lighting. Furthermore, it's still shaky when the action is really going. This film was written by four writers! Adam Black, Andrew Deutschman, Adam Robitel, and Gavin Heffernan all share writing credits while Gregory Plotkin serves as the sole director. I don't understand why this film required four writers. What were they writing? What home video they would make next? Plotkin crafts a movie with a beginning, middle, and end, so he's obviously more than competent. Horror may not be his forte, though. He fails to craft even a shred of suspense.

Overall, Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension is a bad horror movie. I've seen technically bad movies with more redeeming qualities than this film. Although competently made, The Ghost Dimension suffers from its sheer boredom. I've reviewed hundreds of films for this site and this is one of the most boring movies I've ever watched. Avoid it.

Score: 2/10
Parental Guide: Some violence and blood.

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