Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones (2014) Review

paranormal activity the marked ones reviewSynopsis:¬†Jesse begins experiencing a number of disturbing and unexplainable things after the death of his neighbor. As he investigates, it isn’t long before Jessie finds he’s been marked for possession by a malevolent demonic entity, and it’s only a matter of time before he is completely under its control.

Quick Review: Many people dubbed the marked ones: The latino paranormal activity. Sure, we are going away from the usual white upper class neighborhood to some more middle class grounds but there is not much in terms of latino culture, if not for some tired cliches (the funny grandma who only speaks spanish, the gang-bangers…).

So what are we left with here? Paranormal Activity The Marked Ones plays out a bit differently than its predecessors, for the best (we are getting out of the confine of one main location) and the worst ( I did miss the security cameras from previous episodes.

The story is all about possession again and, similar to recent previous entries, ends up within the witchcraft community.

What really bothers me this time around was the actual reason behind the whole camera shoots: there is simply none. I know the found footage concept is getting tired but somehow it was made more obvious in this movie than any other Paranormal Activity before.

There is a reason to set up security cameras around one’s house to check for “paranormal activities”, there is none to follow your pals around with a camera and always keep it in your hands while being chased by crazy and/or possessed people.

My verdict: The Marked Ones is slightly better than Paranormal Activity 4 but still not up to the scare factor of the first three entries.

My Rating: 5.5/10

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Origin: US

Comments

  1. Did not have hope for this one. I liked how they chose a different setting for this one, but I guess it seemed forced and didn’t do much to enhance the story. Seems like a cheap move to recycle the original story. I think many horror filmmakers choose the found footage approach because it’s cheap to do and has been tried and true with some well known hits, but you’re right, it should be organic and authentic. Unfortunately I understand this movie did decent in theaters, and Paramount will probably churn out another one similar to what we’ve seen before. But the fact that the movie was pushed to 2016 hopefully indicates that they’re gonna really put some work into the new installment.

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