Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension

Movie review by
Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Final (hopefully!) entry in sputtered-out spook series.
  • R
  • 2015
  • 95 minutes

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 7 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Though the characters seem like good people, bad things simply happen to them with no sense of fairness.

Positive Role Models & Representations

They seem like good people, but the characters more frequently act scared than responsible. Lots of shouting and panicking.

Violence

Young girl in peril. Jump-scares. A ghostly demon. Objects fly around rooms. A child plays with a gas fireplace. Biting. Girl claws at walls, with bloody hands. Characters thrown across room, impaled, burned. Neck-snapping. Characters die.

Sex

A woman is objectified and ogled by men. Sexual banter and innuendo. A wife promises her husband sex. Two ornamental reindeer are placed in a sexual position. Brothers talk about "stealing Dad's pornos." They watch tapes, hoping that they'll contain adult content. Reference to "balls wrapped in leather."

Language

Multiple uses of "f--k" and "s--t," plus "bitch" and "hell." A man says the word "caulk" to make it sound like "c--k."

Consumerism

Xbox One seen in background.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Adults eat Belgian chocolate laced with drugs. One teases the other about being "so high." Background beer-drinking.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension is the sixth (and final?) movie in the found-footage horror series that started strong but went downhill two movies ago. It has about the same levels of iffy content as the previous films: There are plenty of jump-scares, ghost attacks, and character deaths, as well as a young girl in peril. A woman is ogled and treated as a sexual object; there's also sex talk and sexual banter, as well as sex-related jokes and references to "porno tapes." Language includes fairly frequent uses of "f--k" and "s--t," plus "bitch" and "hell." Characters get high in one scene from eating some kind of drug-laced chocolate. Background drinking is also shown. It's not a good movie, but the franchise name alone will be enough to appeal to teen horror fans.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bypuper15 October 27, 2015

Coming soon "Paranormal Activity 46: 98 minutes of us waving a sheet in front of a camera with a young girl screaming in the background!"

Yep, it's that time of the year again. Paranormal Activity, better known as the series that refuses to die. The original Paranormal Activity was pretty goo... Continue reading
Parent of a 15 year old Written byJWilliams303 October 25, 2015

Supposedly the last film in the series

I can already tell everyone that of course not everyone is going to like this movie...yeah its the same kind of content that we've seen throughout the seri... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byPanipuri October 23, 2015

Uh.

Movie is very bad . Dont bother watching it.
Kid, 9 years old June 12, 2016

OKAY horror thriller isn't too gory or violent but is scary and intense.

My rating:PG-13 for terror, horror violence, and disturbing images, and brief strong language.

What's the story?

A loving family -- dad Ryan (Chris J. Murray), mom Emily (Brit Shaw), and young daughter Leila (Ivy George) -- is about to celebrate Christmas in their new house. Uncle Mike (Dan Gill) has come to visit, and Skyler (Olivia Taylor Dudley), who's a kind of healer, lives with them. Then Ryan finds a box with a strange camera and old VHS video tapes. The camera appears to pick up weird, ghostly frequencies, and the tapes reveal two young girls, Katie and Kristi, performing strange rituals. Soon Leila starts acting oddly, speaking to an invisible friend, "Toby," and the camera picks up a mass of inky tendrils moving about the house. The desperate family must try to figure out what the demon wants and stop it before it takes their daughter away.

Is it any good?

Very tenuously connected to the rest of the Paranormal Activity films, this sixth entry follows the familiar routine, with the same old scares and no fresh ideas. It struggles simply to make sense. The ghost camera is perhaps the only new wrinkle (viewers finally see "Toby" for the first time), but nothing terribly unique is done with it, aside from showing off some tired 3D effects. Also, characters are simply dropped as scary stuff starts happening; we cease to care.

Director Gregory Plotkin was an editor on the last four entries, including the very good parts 2 and 3, and yet his knowledge of the found-footage idea doesn't seem to have taken hold. The logic behind his choices of shots isn't always clear and is often uninspired. Even the lazy title makes no sense. There's no "ghost," and there's no "dimension." The producers have promised that this is the final Paranormal Activity movie, and just in time: This series has clearly sputtered out.

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