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If you are a fan of the horror or paranormal kind of films that make you jump or scare you, than this is for you.

Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension, the sixth instalment in the low-fi, low-budget horror series, takes place in the lead-up to Christmas in 2013.

The first film, Paranormal Activity, was released in 2009. After sequels and a spin-off, Ghost Dimension is said to be the final instalment. It is closely related to the third film and its characters, and it has a resolution of sorts, a kind of closure that leaves open the faint, uncalled-for possibility of future movies.

Ghost Dimension introduces us to Ryan Fleege (Chris J. Murray), his wife, Emily (Brit Shaw) and their young daughter, Leila (Ivy George). Ryan and his goofy brother, Mike (Dan Gill), searching their new home, find a box that contains a mysterious custom-built video camera and a collection of VHS tapes from the late 1980s: these are scenes from or related to the third film. As they're checking out the tapes, they start to notice strange behaviour from Leila. She's not just restless and fixated on an unseen friend – Toby, a familiar entity from past films – she's also burying rosaries and burning Bibles.

3D: For whatever reason, the filmmakers for the film decided to make the film 3D. I don’t think it was really needed as the Paranormal films were just as scary without the 3D.

Camera work/lighting: Having seen some of the other Paranormal Activity films and the film the Gallows (that was released earlier this year), I’m not a huge fan of some of the hand held camera shots especially when the camera is moving all over the place making it hard to focus on what’s been shown. I’m not saying I don’t like the camera moving or being ‘hand held’, I do like it as long as it done well and that I don’t feel sick from the camera moving from spot to spot really quickly.

Like the other films in the series, the film starts off slow until they set up cameras to start recording overnight which is when the drama starts unfolding.

I was reading another some other reviews earlier and one review wrote this “the film depends almost entirely on jump scares in which the camera shoves to black, accompanied by loud noises.” Isn’t the entire series like that? From the other Paranormal Activity films, they are very similar in that way and it’s a good way to scare the audience cause they don’t always expect. I know that when I saw it a couple of nights ago, basically everyone would jump when something scary would happen cause we didn’t expect it. So, I think the film did its job if people jump in their sits or going ‘shit’ than the filmmakers/the editor did their job correctly.


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