Say what you want about the Paranormal Activity franchise but with 6 films spanning 8 years, from a budget of just over 28 million it has raked in almost 839 million at the box office. Those figures would many any studio executive weep bitter, envious tears.
So how does the latest and final installment in the franchise fare?
Well we have another young family, another seemingly average house and another creepy kid who speaks to imaginary friends and just generally starts doing weird shit.
Ryan (Murray) and Emily (Shaw) move into a lovely new house with their young daughter Leila (George). It’s just before Christmas and they have family visiting when things start to go all Paranormal Activity on them.
Ryan and his brother Mike (Gill) find an old video camera that can film ghosts and a box full of VHS tapes. They start going through them all and the weird stuff starts happening. Things that go bump in the night, young Leila talking to Toby, that kind of thing.
The difference with this movie and the previous ones are this time you get to see the ghost/demon. Previously, it’s been a sense of him or that hum we have come to know and sometimes dread.
While this movie lacks the truly scary thrills of the first two movies, it manages to tie together all the pieces of the story in quite a believable and satisfying way. Sure the genuinely creepy scares have gone but for a 6 movie franchise that was never meant to be a 6 movie franchise and has thus taken a few wrong steps over the years, it does what it sets out to do. Tie up loose ends.
There is quite a lot of humour here as well. The behind the camera commentary and bickering between the two brothers is laugh out loud funny at times.
No movie will ever, ever be as creepy as the first Paranormal movie (and yes I still refuse to watch it again) but I didn’t go in expecting anything like that. If you are a fan of the series, you can’t miss this but if you want a true horror, this may disappoint. But it is far from the dismal failure I’m reading about but then again, I am a fan so ….
Love Flick xx
Director : Gregory Plotkin
Starring : Chris J Murray, Brit Shaw, Ivy George, Dan Gill, Olivia Taylor Dudley, Chloe Csengery, Jessica Tyler Brown
Running Time : 88 minutes
Release Date : In Cinemas Now