Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension is the overall sixth – and supposedly final – installment in the low-budget, found-footage, supernatural horror series than got started 2009. The minds that be behind the Paranormal Activity franchise (including producers Oren Peli and Jason Blum) have said in the past that they’ve long had a specific conclusion to the property mapped out, and Ghost Dimension will thus (presumably) reveal that end game at last.
The Ghost Dimension follows the Fleeges clan – including, dad Ryan (Chris J. Murray), mom Emily (Brit Shaw), and their daughter Leila (Ivy George) – as they move into a new house, only to find themselves seemingly being haunted by supernatural forces. However, upon discovering a box of old video tapes in the garage (along with a camera that can capture paranormal beings on film), the family starts to realize that it was no accident that they ended up in their new home. But can they prevent the terrible fate that’s been laid out for them?
The newly-released Ghost Dimension trailer (more so than the first official stills) provides a better idea of why this particular Paranormal Activity installment was also the first that was shot for 3D. Ghost Dimension will have the same ‘amateur filmmaking’ aesthetic as its predecessors, but also incorporate more elaborate visual effects courtesy of the aforementioned mysterious camera. That plot device will also provides a means for the movie to show audiences at last what demonic Toby looks like, according to Peli. (Whether being unveiled in full will enhance or detract the creature’s mystique, that’s another matter.)
Ghost Dimension, judging by the trailer, must not just provide a satisfying conclusion to the Paranormal Activity series, but also payoff story threads left dangling in previous installments – like, as shown in the trailer, what happened to Katie and Kristi after the events of Paranormal Activity 3, but before they had grown up (as explored in the first two films). The sixth movie will also tie into key events featured in the spinoff, Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones, as to better organize and connect the franchise mythos.
That’s no small task either, but Ghost Dimension was reportedly scripted by the same duo behind the (surprisingly solid) found-footage time-travel adventure Project Almanac, and features the Paranormal Activity franchise’s longtime editor Gregory Plotkin at the helm. This team seems fairly well-equipped to handle the task at hand, though that doesn’t guarantee that Ghost Dimension will play out as a well-conceived way to bring this series full-circle (much less, be an entertainingly scary standalone movie).
Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension opens in U.S. theaters on October 23rd, 2015.
Source: Paramount Pictures