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Ghost Dimension

Posted in Classic Horror, Evil, Ghosts, Witches with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 23, 2015 by Drinkin' & Drive-in

Paranormal Activity: Ghost Dimension

Just about gave up on the Paranormal Activity franchise after Paranormal Activity 4 (2012) aimed straight at ‘tweeners, and the ill-advised/painfully clumsy spin-off, Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones (2014). But all the lingering questions from the series that bubbled to the surface of my clearly damaged thought process look to be answered with the release of Paranormal Activity: Ghost Dimension, releasing October 23, 2015 on – get this – Imax3D, as well as all the other 115 formats only tech nerds care about.

Paranormal Activity: Ghost Dimension

In PA:GD (the final installment), a new family gets brought into the otherworldly mix, who move into a house and discover a video camera and a box of tapes in the garage. (Nope, not suburbia porno, unfortunately.) When said tapes are viewed, they begin to see the paranormal activity happening around them — including the re-emergence of young Kristi and Katie, the two little girls from Paranormal Activity 3 (2011) prequel, who hooked up with the invisible demon Toby (he’s mean) and started the whole supernatural familial curse thing hinted at in the first two flicks.

Paranormal Activity: Ghost Dimension

Toby better show himself in the new one. And I gotta know if anyone cleaned up the baby powder they sprinkled on the floor to see invisible demon footprints. While I’m on the subject, did anyone wash those sheets after some unseen thing yanked them off the bed and probably blew its nose in ’em like some paranormal hanky? And would it kill someone to properly dispose of all those bent in half bodies laying around? Talk about germ magnets.

There’s no reason a haunted house can’t be a clean haunted house.

Paranormal Boredom

Posted in Evil, Ghosts with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 30, 2013 by Drinkin' & Drive-in

Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones

It’s always a downer filled with bummer when a popular horror movie franchise milks itself dry with too many and/or unnecessary sequels. While I could cite dozens of examples (I’m looking in your direction Friday the 13th), I’m pointing my annoyance gun at Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones, the latest in the otherwise profitable Paranormal Activity series, due to underwhelm us on January 3, 2014.

Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones

Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones is a spin-off that has no story line relation to its parent movie and cinematic siblings. This garners a big SO WHAT. Yeah, I haven’t seen it, but I took a look at the trailer, which indicates the movie is a made-on-the-cheap handheld camera dizzyfest that trots out the same kind of low-grade ghost effects we’ve seen in all the other PA movies.

The plot: “The film takes place in a Hispanic community in Southern California, where a group of teenagers must deal with a demonic spirit that is becoming increasingly violent. After being ‘marked,’ Jesse is pursued by mysterious forces while his family and friends try to save him.”

Same movie, different ethnic backdrop. Yawn.

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To further reaffirm The Marked Ones’ cut ’n paste business model, they even went so far as to rip off the symbol from the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows pts. 1 & 2. (2010/2011). The circle within a triangle with a vertical line through it represents the Elder Wand, the Resurrection Stone and the Cloak of Invisibility, all of which can be found on Craigslist™. The Marked Ones shamelessly parades the same symbol around like a Blair Witch stick figure talisman, which was stolen from Pearl Jam.

Blair Witch / Pearl Jam

I’ll pass on Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones and surf Craigslist™ to find a Cloak of Invisibility that covers my bikini zone.