Welcome to The Ghost Dimension! It's almost Halloween and therefore time for another unnerving dose of found footage horror - Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension - to soon be released. The demonic entity Toby is back to terrorize another unsuspecting Palo Alto family in the (supposed) final installment of the supernatural horror series - a film that promises to finally provide answers to the various appalling questions regarding the demon and his cult of accolades.
This brand new online trailer (shown above) provides tantalizing details that hint at mysteries revealed - including a clever plot device in the form of a supernatural capturing VHS camera, which will reveal more than ever seen before of the ambiguous Toby.
It can be gathered from the newest Ghost Dimension trailer that the hapless Fleege family have made the grave error of moving into the ex childhood home of coven daughters Katie and Kristi (whose story has been explored and expanded throughout the series so far). It is suggested that functioning demon-aholic, Katie, may be behind the move that spells sacrifice, paranormal mayhem and whatever that nightmarish hell portal leads to. The series' creators have teased before that they've known what the answers are to the loose ends of the Paranormal Activity mythology - soon, everyone will get to learn them, too.
The Ghost Dimension is the directorial debut for Gregory Plotkin - who edited the previous Paranormal Activity films - and was written by Jason Pagan and Andrew Stark (Project Almanac), with Jason Blum and Oren Peli once again producing. This installment looks to be the most visually impressive of the Paranormal Activity movies (yes, that's a low bar to clear), with more visual effects in the way of Toby finally visible - something that explains why this found-footage horror flick is getting a 3D theatrical release, no less.
Paranormal Activity's formula - mixing horror tropes like demonic covens, poltergeist activity, and spooky possessed children with "amateurish" cinematography - has proven to be a recipe for box office success and gaining a substantial fan following. The concept of never showing the audience too much monster is a well-worked device of many exceptional horror films, as the unknown will always promote an extra slug of fear. The Ghost Dimension's intention of visually revealing their demon after five films could either be a mistake or a stroke of genius for the (again, supposed) final outing.
Will the additional effects and visual reveals prove to be an appropriate and well executed risk for the ultimate installment of the Paranormal Activity franchise - or will dampen the impact of what fans of this series liked about the previous installments? We are soon to find out.
Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension will be released on October 23rd, 2015.
Source: Paramount Pictures UK