Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension
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Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension

When it came time for me to review the latest installment in the Paranormal Activities franchise, single ‘Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension’, I was reminded of an experiment back in high school where he had to quantify the concentration of a substance I have deep color it made in a solution. If you take a violent blue dye which represents the audience exceptions of the horror film diluted in successfully larger containers you will notice that the color begins to fade until it is barely perceptible. The same is true for a large number of horror movies that begin are exciting the imaginative and exceptionally creative. Typically made on shoestring budgets the happy larger than anticipated return on the investment so a sequel is made. That turns into a trilogy which of money is still to be had becomes a franchise. In 2007 the original Paranormal Activity film was released garnering rave reviews and box office success. Like a little experiment with the dye sequel still earned money considerably less critical reaction. The third installment had a bit of reassuring to by then the growing amount of fans before offering plummeted in critical reaction continued with the fifth movie, ‘Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones’ was considered technically to be a spinoff in hopes of revitalizing the series of movies. Bringing us to the movie this under consideration here, the sixth and most diluted in acceptability, ‘Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension’. This time the extreme measures intended to resuscitate a flatlined franchise is to film it in real 3-D. With the current level of 3-D technology able to create such realistic effects and its use in blockbuster movies both real-life and animated the fans have rightfully come to demand a certain level of technical proficiency with handling the illusion of depth. Besides that most of the contemporary 3-D movies the director and cinematographer are able to use it as a tool to bring out the nuances in a complete and satisfying story. Alas, these are not the conditions that were left to the production of this film.

I must concede that this franchise does have a dependence on continuity between films. The actual returns to the main storyline as this from begins as a continuation of a scene from ‘’ Paranormal Activity 3 Katie (Chloe Csengery) and Kristi (Jessica Tyler Brown) watch as Dennis' spine is crushed by some unseen malevolent force. Devotees of the series of films may notice substitution in the young women playing the principal characters. This is not unusual in films in general and is not restricted just to overly extended horror movies. Grandma Lois (Hallie Foote) hurries the girls upstairs the spectral creature brings the camera along with them. After all, this is a ‘found footage’ movie at least a modicum of explanation must be made why there is a camera phone activity, paranormal or otherwise. The girls discussed how crucial the entity known as ‘Toby’ is to their plan for survival. All of this was occurring in the year 1988 and is used to prepare the audience for the time shift to 2013.

25 years after the scene we had just witnessed Ryan Fleege (Chris J. Murray), his wife Emily (Brit Shaw) and their eight-year-old daughter Leila (Ivy George) are preparing to enjoy a family Christmas. Also attending the holiday season is Mike (Dan Gill), Ryan’s brother was moved in with them despond and after the breakup with his girlfriend. There is also a family friend, Skylar (Olivia Taylor Dudley) joining the family group. Skyler becomes curious and a bit concerned over Leila devoting so much time to playing with her imaginary friend, ‘Toby’. Since this is not the type of movie that a person goes to unless they been fans of the previous five films. Almost everyone in the audience is mentally screaming for them to get out of there since they know that this particular imaginary friend always leads to a lot of shouting, pain and bloodshed.

While exploring the old house to becomes across a box of old videotapes featuring Kristi and Katie with their mother and her boyfriend Dennis in 1988. Other videocassettes labeled from 1992 depicting Katie and Kristi in the presence of a strange man as they perform supernatural acts. As Mike continues to watch with Ryan they notice something that’s exceptionally creepy. The garrison somehow aware that they are watching and are able to predict what is going to happen to them. Another will use trope is introduced when it is discovered that the house they are living in was built upon the same properly the Kristi and Katie lived. When moving to a new house always investigate to determine the site did not have a reputation for murder, mayhem of the supernatural occurrences.

Leila steadily becomes more withdrawn which causes great concern of her parents so that they contact the local priest, Father Todd (Michael Krawic). He is unable to draw the child’s into any meaningful conversation and to make matters worse she physically attacked him. The current becomes convinced that this imaginary friend, Toby, is a demonic entity associated with a cult known as The Midwives. Further connections to the third film is established when they discover that this cult was involved with murdering a family and the father that included a boy named Hunter. As it turns out Hunter was born in the same day as Leila and most troublesome of all the child’s plot is needed a sacrifice to allow Toby to manifest as a living being. What follows is a plan to expel the demon and trapping them so that he cannot on the child. The methodology employed is derived more from bad knockoff scripts of the ‘Exorcist’ than any ancient liturgies held by the church. There is some confusion between The Exorcist and Films Such As Poltergeist when they bring in another plot by contrivance, a portal to another realm. This seems to be another lamentable technique does become popular; take pages from scripts for various low-budget supernatural horror flicks and drop them on the floor. Pick them up and perform a modicum of editing to create the facsimile of a coherent narrative. Apparently this is supposed to be the last installment of the franchise but bad scripts, much like agent evil, could never be suppressed for too long.

As alluded to previously, the bar is set exceptionally high for what the audience demands from the 3-D movie. Once began as a technique similar such cinematic staples as widescreen aspect ratios, sound and color movies have moved out of the gimmick phase and into a means to better tell a realistic story. Everything about the three-dimensional effects in this movie, courses contrived and artificial. Creating a visual field of depth cannot make up for the lack of substance in the script. When you consider what the Walt Disney Studios are doing with their Marvel Cinematic Universe and Pixar animation you can see how 3-D can be incorporated into a film to realistically enhance the story. Here it appears to be little more than a ploy to bring back audiences that were dismayed by the previous couple of films.

Posted 01/13/2016

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