Jump out of your skin!
Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension visits the backstories of Kristi and Katie, when they were kids, through VHS tapes dating from 1988 and onward. It’s Christmas time for the main protagonists, which adds a lot to the ambiance. There is distortion in the sound and image of the main camera, including trippy motion trails, a cool 3-D color offset and ghastly particle compositing effects.
There are way too many jump scares in this. They are mostly inconsequential and therefore an irritant. For better or worse, the audience can’t ever let their guard down. Like all previous installments, this movie is incredibly tense most of the time. Scenes of terror use silence to their advantage rather than an eerie score, a technique that is once again surprisingly effective.
Like every sequel so far, Ghost Dimension introduces a new visual gimmick. In this case, the camera perceives images from other dimensions, so we’re sometimes the only ones to witness strange phenomena that the human eye can’t detect. It complements the Paranormal Activity mythos beautifully. Furthermore, we finally learn what happens to those who “find the footage”, as implied by the subgenre.