When the original Paranormal Activity hit theaters in 2007 it took theaters by storm creating a lot of buzz by what they accomplished on such a small budget and numerous movie goers talking about how terrifying it was. While the feelings from horror fans were mixed that didn’t stop it from becoming a franchise monster with four sequels and a spin off film in the series. Now the fifth and supposedly last film in the series Paranormal Activity: Ghost Dimension is here, but will it answer the questions it promises that have built up throughout the series or will the interest in the activity finally be worn out?
Paranormal Activity: Ghost Dimension follows a family who finds a box of old VHS sets in their new house. They decide to watch the tapes and soon see footage of Katie and Kristi being taught supernatural abilities by their grandmother. However, Katie notices the brother’s presence, though the video that was filmed 20 year before. In another box they find a camera that they soon discover allows them to see paranormal occurrences that the human eye can’t detect, but when their daughter becomes the victim of supernatural attacks they must find a way to save her from the ever menacing Toby. This film series has been hit and miss with the fans where you either like them or don’t. They had started to lose their steam after the third film, but the spin off The Marked Ones stepped things up a bit and felt like it might have found its footing once again. This latest and supposed final entry into the main series looked to step it up as well and while it did work on some level that is the same thing that hurt the overall finished product. Through this series we have been hearing about the demon Toby that had tormented the sisters, but part of what that work was the lack of really every seeing anything. With the idea of wrapping up the story they have finally decided to let this movie put it all out there and show more than any of the films too date and it kind of backfires.
The film itself plays up just like the rest with some clever connections to the previous films if you pay attention while introducing new characters. As it progresses it waits little time before it starts showing hints of what could possibly be Toby in the form of the black smoke like substance shown in the trailers. Also seen in the trailers is the mysterious tunnel that appears through the wall leaving you little to no mystery to the overall film. These elements work for what they are trying to do, but with nothing really directly taking it back to the beginning of the film other than some small snippets it just feels like a missed opportunity. Even the one character that has made some sort of appearance in all the other films is absent and makes it feel like it missed the mark. That being said it does not mean that it is devoid of the scares. Everything that made the other films scare people is here in pretty much the same way in just different executions. If the others made you jump then this one will likely scare some up for you as well.
In the end being the final film in the series it feels a bit cheated to the audience. There are still some unanswered questions that deserved more depth as opposed to quick glossing over, but you could let that go had they gave this entry some more substance. The big ending payoff is decent and does exactly what it set out to do and serves as a good final moment to the series without completely closing the book, but most likely fans will either still be yearning for more questions answered or just be ready to move on.