Since then, the “found footage” film has spawned a number of sequels, with many featuring the original character of Katie, her family and the mysterious entity known only as Tobi. However, this is the first instalment that has re-created the intense fear of Peli’s original.
Directed by Gregory Plotkin, Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension tells the story of Ryan and Emily, who have moved into their recently completed dream home with young daughter Leila. When Leila starts talking to an imaginary friend called Tobi, her parents think little of it, until strange things begin to happen in the house.
After discovering an old video camera with the ability to see spirits (as well as a box of old home movies featuring two little girls), Ryan sets about trying to capture footage of Tobi.
But the family is unprepared for the events that follow: an ancient evil has been waiting a long time for this moment and it has its sights set firmly on Leila.
Chris J Murray and Brit Shaw star as Ryan and Emily, but it is young Ivy George who steals the show as Leila, whose behaviour becomes increasingly dark as Tobi’s influence intensifies.
Unlike its predecessors, The Ghost Dimension is presented in 3D and that, combined with brilliantly crafted special effects, places the audience right in the middle of the action. At times, if feels like Tobi could reach out and grab you.
The film delves deeper into the dark history of Katie and her family, but those who haven’t seen at least the first three movies will struggle to make the necessary connections. Many of the questions raised by previous films are finally answered, and Tobi’s origins are also explored, with fans finally able to catch their first glimpse of this truly frightening entity.
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