Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension (2015)



Critic Consensus: Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension ties up some of the franchise's lingering questions, but six films into the series, the thrills are mostly gone.

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The Paranormal Activity series grows with this fifth entry from Paramount Pictures. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi
R (for language and some horror violence)
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Brit Shaw
as Emily
Ivy George
as Leila
Dan Gill
as Mike
Jessica Brown
as Kristi
Cara Pifko
as Julie
Michael Krawic
as Father Todd
Hallie Foote
as Grandma Lois
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All Critics (68) | Top Critics (10)

Such a tepid failure that it triggers catcalls from paying audiences.

Full Review… | October 25, 2015
Time Out
Top Critic

If this is the last in the series, then the franchise has succeeded in going out with a bang - a bunch of them, actually, and at least a couple should have you involuntarily twitching in your seat.

Full Review… | October 25, 2015
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Those seeking closure to what continuity there has been will go home mostly disappointed.

Full Review… | October 24, 2015
New York Times
Top Critic

If only Ghost Dimension spent more time in the ghost dimension and less time in the people dimension, we might have had something.

Full Review… | October 24, 2015
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

This series jumped the shark - maybe that should be jumped the dark? - following its not-bad third chapter.

Full Review… | October 23, 2015
Toronto Star
Top Critic

At its most basic level, the "Paranormal Activity" formula still has some kick, with its combination of creepy lo-fi video and tasteful suburbia creating some strong, unsettling dissonance.

Full Review… | October 23, 2015
Los Angeles Times
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Audience Reviews for Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension

The Paranormal Activity franchise, which has, in my opinion, never been very good, is at its worst in "The Ghost Dimension" (or at the very least, sits on equally-worst footing alongside "PA4")

Gimly M.
Gimly M.

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An abysmal mess, Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension is a completely inept horror film. Interconnecting itself with part 3, the story follows the new owners of Katie and Kristi's childhood home (rebuilt after a fire) as they discover old VHS tapes of the kids being trained by a cult leader and an unusual video camera with unique properties that enables it to pick up different visual spectrums that show that there are entities moving throughout the house unseen by the naked eye. The film starts out alright, but within 20 minutes it's off to crazy town and doesn't let up. Nothing about it is scary or frightening in the least, and there's no investment in the characters. Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension is a pathetic entry into the series, and hopefully the death knell.

Dann Michalski
Dann Michalski

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I was gonna start off this review by saying how the mighty have fallen but, let's be fair, the Paranormal Activity franchise was never mighty. The first film was really good, the second movie was good, but it fucked with the timeline so much that it really hurt that second installment a lot. Ever since then, however, the film has seen a steep decline in quality. Every sequel in this film, minus the Marked Ones, has been worse than the one that came before it. It's just a matter of fact, simply because a lot of it felt like repeating the same scares that were established in the first movie. A lot of it is also the fact that, until The Marked Ones, the films were released on a yearly basis. It's hard to maintain the quality of a franchise when you put out a new movie every year. The Marked Ones, while I wouldn't call it a good movie, was a moderate success because it, theoretically, shifted away from the contrivances of the main franchise and nonsensical plot developments. And I say theoretically because they also had to find a way to completely ruin The Marked Ones by, somehow, without any explanation or thought put behind it, tying it to the events that are happening in the main franchise. Really, we haven't seen a new Paranormal Activity movie, like canon PA, since 2012 and you would think that with THREE years that the end result, particularly for what is supposed to be the last film in the franchise, that they'd come up with something better than this movie to have as a send-off. I will say that I appreciate the fact that we finally got some answers to some of the questions the franchise has set up for itself in order to justify its sequels. But, as the phrase goes, too little too late. I know the franchise has to have its ardent fan base and I'm sure they'll disagree with what I'm about to say, but I find it impossible to care about any of the answers when the road to get them has been as nonsensical and contrived as this franchise has. And the fact of the matter is that the answers we get aren't even that satisfactory to begin with. While I understand the need to set the record straight with some of its longer plot points that have been there for years now, they also need to understand that a lot people simply don't care anymore. This is like Lost, where they spend so much time setting stuff up that'll be answered in the last season that when they do answer some of those questions the reactions end up being 'that's it, that's what we waited 6 years of our lives to see'. I don't think that's the reaction you want to get from audiences. Though, to be fair, PA never got to be as nonsensical as Lost, but the analogy still works in that the answers to all of these questions end up being unsatisfactory. It's like they forgot that this was also a horror movie because they were so concerned to answer all the questions. The horror that is there, however, is lazy and uninspired. It's almost like a Worst Of...really. They're just really lazy, a lot of them are jump scares which, to me, are the laziest form of scaring someone that is out there. There's just no thought whatsoever put behind them. I can do them, you can do them, anyone can do them. Here's the thing about the first PA movie, and I've brought this up, I think, in every review I've done for each of the sequels, is that there was a sense of dread that kept building up in that movie. It wasn't just a collection of jump scares, even though there were some. They built the tension up so well that people were terrified of what was coming next. So that when they did ramp up the horror, people were peeing their pants, watching the film through their fingers. That's what made the first PA movie so successful, both creatively and financially. That's also what made Rec, one of my favorite horror movies of all time and, to me, the best found footage horror movie I've ever seen, so incredible. Granted, this movie wasn't made by the same people as the original, though I'm sure they had a part to play here. It's still disheartening to see that the people that wrote this movie failed to grasp what made the first movie so good. Like they tried with Tobi, but it's really hard to be scared of the coming of a demon, or Satan itself who knows, that's named Tobi. Seriously, the demon's name is Tobi. It's not that it was its real name, since they did give the child a fake name so as to not reveal its fully identity. It still chose to name itself Tobi. I realize it's just a name and it really isn't important in the long run, but it's impossible to be scared of a demon named Tobi. Like I mentioned, the scares in the film are really ineffective, to the point of self-parody. The third act itself, like everything before the last couple of minutes of the film, is laughably bad, like just the dirt worst. Like that was the very definition of what some people hate about the genre. Once everything dies down and they're in the basement was at least good. Of course it's only like, what, 2 minutes before the film ends, so it's not like it amounts to much. Let's get to the positives. Olivia Dudley. That's it. I mean she's a stunner, so I'll take the positives where I can get them. Part of the problem with these films is the fact that they all pretty much play out exactly the same way. Like there's nothing that differentiates the films from one another. The Marked Ones had a latino cast, so that's the only real "difference". Other than that, it's gonna be next to impossible to tell the sequels apart from each other and this movie is no different. If this is the end of Paranormal Activity as a franchise, and I hope it is, then they ended it on the worst possible manner. This is a bad movie and I hope that this really is the end of this insufferable franchise. Play the first film 6 times in a row. You'll watch the same movie 6 times, but at least it'll be better than all of the sequels combined.

Jesse Ortega
Jesse Ortega

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