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Times of India
A young couple Ryan (Murray) and Emily Fleege (Shaw) and their daughter Leila (George) move into a beautiful new house and are joined over there by Ryan's brother. Ryan and Emily soon begin to find their daughter behaving strangely, talking to an invisible 'friend'. It turns out that an entity has dark plans for Leila.
If you saw PA 4 and were either disappointed or underwhelmed, this one too is nowhere close to the smorgasbord of scares that the first one in the series - produced, written, edited, directed and shot (in his own house too) by Oren Peli - served up. Older films in this franchise seemed like a recombination of the same set of past ingredients.
Cut to 2013 and we (again) have a family with an inexplicable love for filming themselves seemingly everywhere they go. Their camera equipment though is top-notch. It must be, given the number of times Ryan and Mike's (Gill) cameras are dropped, flung, hurled and tossed by the angry demon who, as the only exception in this movie, does not quite liked being filmed. Can't a ghoul go about his business having imaginary 3 am chats with a tiny tot without being filmed all the time by those paranoid, camera-obsessed mortals? Sheesh...
Anyways, whilst setting up Christmas decorations, Ryan and newly-divorced Mike chance upon a cache of VHS cassettes. These contain strange and terrifying recordings from 1988 of siblings Kristi and Katie (as seen in PA 3) involved in some strange rituals, with the name 'Toby' being oft mentioned. While they put the mystery of this found footage together, Leila's behavior gets freakier. A priest, (Krawic) is called in but his job might be more difficult than anyone thought. A portal to the netherworld in Leila's bedroom will remind you of the remade Poltergest.
What made PA originally effective was that it was lo-fi, not about CGI, as in the case here. In any event, the scares only happen at the very end. All in all, Ghost Dimension does not really deliver the excitement that horror film fans seek.
World-renowned Anomalist and Parapsychologist/Paranormal-Researcher Christopher Chacon was utilized by Paramount Studios to nationally/internationally promote the release of the movie.
Demi Lovato was offered a role.
The only movie in the Paranormal Activity franchise not to feature Katie Featherstone as adult Katie. She is only referenced in this one.
According to producer, Oren Peli, The Ghost Dimension will mark the final installment of the Paranormal franchise.
Katie Featherston was only meant to appear in the first three films, but director/producer Oren Peli liked her character so much that he asked the writers to include her in the other films.
The first and only Paranormal Activity film to be released in 3D.
This film was originally going to have a 2013 release, but was postponed to October 24, 2014, a year later. Then it was pushed to 2016 and then again to March 13th, 2015, and then finally postponed til October 23 2015, but in some countries the movie will air October 22 2015
Including this movie, the franchise has an accumulative $18 million budget. The first 5 films of the franchise have, altogether, grossed a total of $811 million.
The film was shot in 45 days.
This is the first Paranormal Activity wherein Toby, the demon in previous films, is actually seen whilst haunting a family.
The final chapter of the Paranormal Activity franchise, as confirmed by series producer Jason Blum.
The film opens with a scene left off from Paranormal Activity 3 where Katie and Kristi are watching Dennis getting his spine crushed by a mysterious force. Grandma Lois takes the girls upstairs while an unseen force takes the camera with them. They all go into a dark room while a man encounters the girls and talks to them about "Toby" and how they are critically important to his plan.
Twenty-five years later in 2013, Ryan Fleege (Chris J. Murray), his wife Emily (Brit Shaw), and their six year old daughter Leila (Ivy George) are about to celebrate Christmas, when Ryan's brother Mike (Dan Gill) moves in after breaking up with his girlfriend. Along with them, is Skylar (Olivia Taylor Dudley), who notices that Leila is talking to an imaginary friend named Toby. While setting up the house that day, Mike finds a box of old video tapes from 1988 to 1992, in them contain Kristi and Katie with their mother and Dennis in 1988, whilst others from 1992 are in Lois's house where the two are practicing supernatural abilities with the mysterious man. While watching one of the videos, Ryan and Mike notice that the girls are seemingly aware of the two's presence.
Leila's interaction with Toby coincides with Ryan using the old camera around the house, where he notices the camera picks up spiritual beings. He decides later to roll the tapes overnight to see what weird things are occurring. One night, a black and oily being arises out of the ground and it hovers over Leila for several hours (much like Katie did), and she eventually talks to it. Soon, Skylar walks in and checks on Leila, only to be attacked by the spirit. The next night, Ryan tapes Leila sleeping, but a dark and demonic spirit appears on camera and forces him to drop the camera. The entity frightens Ryan and Emily and soon they encourage Leila not to talk to Toby anymore.
But Leila gradually becomes less talkative and this worries Ryan and Emily enough to call Father Todd (Michael Krawic). He interviews Leila relatively unsuccessfully, and as a result, Leila attacks him. Todd is convinced that 'Toby' is a demon linked to a cult called The Midwives. Ryan researches, and realizes this cult has killed a family in Nevada related to a boy named Hunter, who was born on the same day as Leila. One night, Leila's interaction with Toby leads her to open a doorway to another realm into which she disappears. Ryan and Emily soon find her, but flee with Leila to a hotel.
Father Todd comes back and attempts to cleanse the house. He decides to trap the demon, upon which the demon violently shakes the house. Todd is strangled and dragged away by Toby, leaving the family to finish the cleansing. Ryan entraps the demon in a white sheet. Leila returns to normal and the demon disappears. After thinking the ordeal is over, Skylar starts to vomit blood all over Mike, but the blood burns him, killing them both. Leila then begins to flee, Ryan and Emily pursue her upstairs, but Ryan is killed when a tentacle grasps through his heart. Leila sprints away into the "portal" in her room with Emily following her also; she arrives at Kristi and Katie's mother's house, in 1988, where she finds a young Katie, and finally confronts the human version of Toby. Emily pleads with the demon to spare Leila, but is killed when he snaps her neck. Leila identifies the demon "Toby" and the two walk off (presumably to the coven) as the camera is trampled underfoot.