From 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.
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.
It 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!