Friday 23 October 2015

"Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension" (Guardian 23/10/15)

Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension *
Dir: Gregory Plotkin. With: Chris J. Murray, Brit Shaw, Ivy George, Dan Gill. 88 mins. Cert: 15

The horror perennial’s sixth film adds a third dimension: unspooling over a family Yuletide, its found footage catches stereoscopic flickers of spectral activity around a house once occupied by the cult now central to series mythology. Again, it’s a test of one’s tolerance for watching predominantly empty frames – the anonymous performers scarcely count – in the hope something will jolt us from mounting tedium: for over an hour, the action highlight is a slight adjustment in the camber of a see-saw. 3D opens up new, inevitably darker-looking corridors, but we’re basically being asked to pay a surcharge for much the same downtime and blank space. A marketing advance, maybe; a dead loss as a night out.

Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension is now playing in cinemas nationwide. 

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