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Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension Trailer Is Spooky And Revealing

Later this month, the low-budget horror franchise that spawned countless imitators finally draws to a close with Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension. The final chapter follows the trademark found footage pattern laid out by its predecessors, but in addition to chills and scares, it promises something that fans haven’t got from the films before, answers, and new international trailer is here to give you a new look.

If you’ve ever encountered one of Blumhouse Productions’ Paranormal Activity movies before, you generally know what you’re going to get, and this trailer doesn’t offer much in the way of surprises. You’ve got spooky kids doing spooky things, a framework that sets up why this is all being filmed, grainy footage, odd shapes in the background that you’re not sure what they are, sudden movements, and all the usual hallmarks. That said, these movies have proven successful in the past, and this could as well. If it ain’t broke and all of that.

The Ghost Dimension also appears to be following the franchise’s pattern production wise. So far, none of the movies, of which this will be the sixth, have cost more than $5 million to produce—the first only had a budget of $15,000—ensuring that they are all hugely profitable. That said, there’s been a steady downward trajectory as far as box office results go, especially domestically. The previous film, The Marked Ones, only earned $32 million in the U.S., and $90 million globally, making it the lowest earner to date. Again, still a healthy return on the initial investment, but public interest has been waning over the last few installments.

In addition to concluding the franchise, The Ghost Dimension is also part of a new theatrical release strategy. Along with the upcoming Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse, this is part of an experiment by Paramount and a number of theaters chains including AMC (Regal declined to participate). Basically what they’re doing is shortening the window between the end of a film’s theatrical run and it’s availability digitally, which will allow home audiences access to new, or at least newish, releases much sooner than is usually the case.

In theory, especially with movie like these that are getting more limited releases, this will give audiences quicker access to them, as well as allow the films to capitalize on any word of mouth they may accumulate. It’s a bold move, one with potentially widespread ramifications, and it has a number of parties watching with great interest.

Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension hits theaters on October 23.