by: S. Scott Stanikmas
All good things (and in this case, mediocre things) must come to an end.
What started in 2009 as a neat little piece of found footage horror, the Paranormal Activity series has been dying a slow death. After the second installment, fans got used to the procedure – when it gets really calm it’s time for a jump scare, when the characters are onscreen if we look at the negative spaces we’ll see creepy things, etc. It now looks like we’ll see the final installment this year.
Producer Jason Blum recently talked with USA Today about how the next film, Paranormal Activity: Ghost Dimensions, will be “the end of this Paranormal line for sure.”
It’s coming to an end. This is it, the finale. We’re saying it before the movie opens. We’re not going to grind this horror franchise into the ground. This will keep Paranormal Activity as part of this culture and this particular time in a really fantastic way… All the questions that everyone has asked from the past ‘Paranormal Activity’ films: What does Toby look like? What’s the backstory to the families? These questions have been teased out. Now they will be answered.
Along with some images from the film, we’ve also got a synopsis:
Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension centers on the Fleeges — father Ryan (Chris J. Murray), mother Emily (Brit Shaw) and their young daughter Leila (Ivy George) — who move into a house and discover a video camera and a box of tapes in the garage. When they look through the camera’s lens, they begin to see the paranormal activity happening around them – including the re-emergence of young Kristi and Katie. The video camera footage will be presented in 3D in theaters.
So this will be partly in 3D? Kinda awkward. Thankfully with RealD 3D you can keep the glasses on and it won’t affect the non-3D parts.
This is one series that has been very uneven in terms of quality with its sequels. Hopefully this really is the end of the story for Toby and his shenanigans on October 23.