Excuse me while I eat a mouthful of crow in this post. I totally thought the sixth iteration of the Paranormal Activity series would be tremendously stupid and very un-scary. I mean, all the other films I saw were just that (including that super lame The Marked Ones installment). Man, was I was awful.
PARANORMAL ACTIVITY: THE GHOST DIMENSION does what every other movie in the franchise has failed to do--tell a story. Not only does it have an actual narrative, it is genuinely entertaining without being annoying. And it is scary. Like, for real. Creeeeeepy.
So, I must tell you about what it is of course, since it is actually about something. Here goes: a couple (Brit Shaw and Chris J. Murray) and their young daughter (Ivy George) welcome her sister (Olivia Taylor Dudley) and his brother (Dan Gill) into their new home for the week, unknowingly along with a terrifying spirit--brought to life by pretty impressive special effects. Ryan (Murray) discovers a random video camera on their front step, starts exploring its footage and along with the audience is stunned to learn what it holds. Basically, s**t hits the fan after that and I am still surprised by how it unfolds.
And surprise means it's not boring, which is what too any modern mainstream horror films are now. They're just way too expected and simple. This one manages to turn its own premise on its head and actually present a film that you don't want to check out of thirty minutes in. Sure, it has some of the tired tropes of horror like moving towards the scary sound and not away from it, the evil force gravitating toward the child, and of course found footage.
But I am not mad at PARANORMAL ACTIVITY: THE GHOST DIMENSION. It's funny yet smart at the same time; scary but not gory; and has a twist at the end that is actually not pretentious . I'd say that's a success.
Watch two clips from the film below: