Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones

Paranormal-ActivityFrom the man that had a hand in the production of all but the only decent Paranormal Activity film (being the first one, of course) comes Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones. Directed by Christopher Landon, who wrote Paranormal Activity‘s 2, 3 and 4 as well as co-produced 3 and 4, Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones is a prime example of milking what was once a decent idea for all its worth.

After the murder of his neighbour, who was rumoured to be a witch, Jesse begins to experience inexplicable things. With a little help from his friends, he sets about investigating and finds he has been marked for possession by a demonic entity. paranormal-activity-marked-ones-demon

The Marked Ones is about as tame as it is tenuous, and it screams ‘sequel for the sake of making another sequel’ rather than a necessary addition to the story. It adds nothing to a series that has long been a laughing stock; in fact it’s probably safe to say that Paranormal Activity lost the plot after the first film, which is the only film in the series that stands as decent.

The inexplicable spooky happenings that Jesse (Andrew Jacobs) starts to experience are frankly laughable and far too tame for a franchise that claims to be terrifying. The entire film lacks any of the tension and shit-your-pants jump scares that skyrocketed the first film to fame and if it wasn’t for the tenuous appearance of Micha and Katie at the end, it wouldn’t even seem like a sequel.

maxresdefaultIt may sound harsh, but The Marked Ones actually falls into the category of absolutely dire; there is literally nothing redeeming about it. Of course, Paranormal Activity should have stopped right after the first film because it’s just become a joke, but the first film is actually quite good and it’s a shame these continuous sequels can’t manage to even come remotely close.

Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones certainly isn’t a film to look out for; do yourselves a favour and avoid it because the only thing scary about it is that they keep on making more!

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6 thoughts on “Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones

  1. I agree with you completely; the first “Paranormal Activity” felt fresh and unique (especially with how the movie was marketed); unfortunately, the sequels have made the entire franchise a joke…but, we’ve seen this happen before with wanna-be franchises (many times) and hopefully in a few more years the original will be remembered and the rest forgotten.

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    1. We can only hope!
      It always seems to be the case with successful horror films, get carried away and make a huge franchise. I like the first Paranormal Activity and it genuinely creeped me out, but it’s quite hard to take it seriously now which is a shame.

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  2. When I saw the trailer for this I knew that it was nothing more than a cash grab. I have personally haven’t seen any of the films but even as an outsider you could see that this series was loosing steam after the second film came out and should have stopped after the third film at best. This series has become the new Saw series with each additional film seemingly diluting what made the made the original good.

    Anyways I feel bad that you had to endure this film, that being said I’m glad to see reviews from you again. 😀

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