paranormal activity movies ranked

This will not be a defense of the Paranormal Activity series.

You either like these movies or you don’t. You either appreciate their charms or you find them dreadfully boring. You either dig their slow-burning tension or you hate their reliance on jump scares. You either respect their commitment to an increasingly overblown and confusing mythology or you tuned out two movies ago. I have no intention of convincing you that these movies are worth your time if you have already decided that they are not for you. But if you like them… Hi! Welcome to the club.

With the sixth and supposedly final film in the series, Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension, in theaters now, I am going to rank all six of these movies. Because even though this series has burned me and angered me and driven me up a wall built out of my own frustrations, I genuinely like two thirds of these films. But which two thirds? Well, feel free to read on, if you dare.

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Paranormal Activity The Ghost Dimension trailer

We’ve heard before that all the activity has led to this, but in the case of Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension, it really seems to be true as this is meant to be the final chapter in the found footage horror series.

And as one last ditch effort to get people on board before the film arrives next week, one final Paranormal Activity The Ghost Dimension trailer has arrived, with some new footage from the sequel that will show us more of the spirits and demons than we’ve ever seen before, including the infamous Toby. Read More »

Paranormal Activity prank

Next week brings what is supposedly the final installment of the Paranormal Activity franchise. The found footage horror sensation began in 2009, when a little Slamdance film garnered so much buzz for being flat-out scary that it became a surprise horror hit. It spawned what will be five sequels when The Ghost Dimension arrives.

And since this is the final chapter of the film series, the marketing team behind the films wanted to have one final bit of fun with some unsuspecting strangers. An effects crew was hired to rig the actual house from the first movie for quite the incredible Paranormal Activity prank. This would scare the hell out of me. Read More »

Paranormal Activity The Ghost Dimension trailer

Paranormal Activity certainly wasn’t the first found-footage movie, but it’s a huge part of the reason why the format has become so ubiquitous. These films are cheap to make, since they actually benefit from avoiding cutting-edge technology and big-name actors. And because they’re so cheap that even a modest success will turn a big profit, while even the worst flops are barely a dent in the studio’s finances.

But all things must end, even demonic spirits named Toby. This fall’s Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension — either the fifth or sixth Paranormal Activity movie, depending on whether you want to count the spinoff The Marked Ones — is supposedly the last Paranormal Activity ever. Watch the Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension trailer and TV spots after the jump. Read More »

Fall 2015 Movie Preview

We’re well past the midpoint of the year, and we’ve already delivered our list of the Top 10 Films of 2015 So Far. And as we reach the end of the summer, the movie business starts slowing down, giving a little calm before the storm that is awards season. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t still tons of movies to look forward to before the end of the year.

That’s why we’ve collected a list of 30 Movies to Be Excited for Before the End of 2015. And since there are so many great movies coming up before the end of the year, this is the Blockbuster and Studio Edition of the list, and next week we’ll deliver a completely different list for independent movies. But until then, here’s a list of movies we think you won’t want to miss over the next four months. Read More »

Paranormal Activity 5 trailer

Paramount Pictures has unveiled the trailer for the fifth and supposedly final installment in the Paranormal Activity franchise, subtitled The Ghost Dimension. The story picks up with a new family this time, the Fleeges: dad Ryan (Chris J. Murray), mom Emily (Brit Snow), and daughter Leila (Ivy George).

But while the family is new, the threat is old. Shortly after moving they discover a video camera and a box of tapes in their home, and they get to encounter dear old Toby. Watch the first Paranormal Activity 5 trailer after the jump. Read More »

Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension

A new installment in the Paranormal Activity series opens this fall, and the first images from Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension are now online. The film is called the “final installment” of the series, and promises to close the book on the story begun in 2009.

You read that right. This is, for now at least, the last Paranormal Activity film. “We made this movie like it’s the end of this Paranormal line for sure,” says Jason Blum. And that title promises quite a few revelations. Read More »

Pitch Perfect 2 Barden Bellas

Not only is Beca back for Pitch Perfect 2, so is her signature plastic cup. Also after the jump:

  • Felicity Jones will join Tom Hanks in Inferno
  • Mel Brooks signs on for Hotel Transylvania 2
  • Stephen Hawking would like to be a Bond baddie
  • The Paranormal Activity franchise is going 3D
  • The Wanted 2 script is still being written
  • The Rocky spinoff Creed is looking for extras
  • Silent Night, Bloody Night 2 is in the works
  • Tom Cruise has a close call while shooting M:I 5

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Katie Featherston in Paranormal Activity

After lots of back and forth over what the fifth, official, Paranormal Activity film would be and when we’d see it, Paramount has finally got their demons in a row. Paranormal Activity 5 will be called Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension and will open on March 13, 2105, which is a little early than we’d expected. Read more about the film, as well as the release date shift for Scouts vs. Zombies, below. Read More »

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