Movie Review — “Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension”

ghostThe most shocking thing about “Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension,” is that four hacks fought to have their names listed in the credits under “screenplay.”

Seriously. It’s the same house, or location. It’s the same set-up — family spooked/stalked by a demon, slightly different effects, different family, different priest, same surveillance camera footage meant to jolt the viewer.

It’s even the same “camera.” Sort of. That’s the gimmick this time, “spirit photography.  It’s through this one vintage video camera that Ryan (Chris J. Murray) can see what’s menacing his 5-iish daughter Leila (Ivy George).

He and his wife and brother-in-law (Dan Gill) have found old VHS tapes, traced the troubled history of this house — or at least this plot of land.

And they can see the little girl engaging in conversations and games of “Bloody Mary” with the unseen demon, which manifests itself in that ink-stain-in-water effect that’s all the rage.

Daddy sets up to “just watch your daughter sleep all night. Nothing weird about that.”

And despite everything he and the wife  (Brit Shaw) and Auntie (Olivia Taylor Dudley) experience and see on the videotape, they keep telling the kid “Go back to sleep.”


Ugly, intentionally grainy (video retrace lines) footage, a stupid movie, and about the only thing that has advanced over the course of this exhausted found-footage franchise is the supermodel hotness of the ladies in jeopardy. Other than that? Strictly paint by numbers stuff.

And that’s all the review this piffle merits. Aside from making a point to remember the quartet that wanted a writing credit for this cut-and-paste script.


MPAA Rating: R for language and some horror violence

Cast: Chris J. Murray, Brit Shaw, Ivy George, Dan Gill, Michael Krawic

Credits: Directed by Gregory Plotkin, scripted by Jason Pagan, Adam Robitel, Gavin Heffernan, Andrew Deutschman. A Paramount release.

Running time: 1:28

About Roger Moore

Movie Critic, formerly with McClatchy-Tribune News Service, Orlando Sentinel, published in Spin Magazine, The World and now published here, Orlando Magazine, Autoweek Magazine
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