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Early Response To ‘Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones’ Indicates It Might Reinvigorate The Franchise

Yesterday (Friday The 13th!) Bloody-Disgusting co-hosted a Los Angeles screening of Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones. LA was just one of the 13 US cities (it was a global event with screenings in Mexico City, Sydney and many others) that were selected to screen the film a bit early and the reaction was INSANE.

Everyone I heard from seemed to really like The Marked Ones and it seems like other screenings had an equally enthusiastic reaction (our Chicago staff seemed to dig it was well). While I can’t review the film just yet, I can say that I had a blast with it. It’s easily neck-and-neck with PA3 for me and the general consensus out there seems to be that it’s a vast improvement over PA4.

Written and directed by Christopher Landon, and starring Richard Cabral, Carlos Pratts, and Eddie J. Fernandez, the Latino-themed haunter begins “After being “marked,” Jesse begins to be pursued by mysterious forces while his family and friends try to save him.

Glad to have Paranormal Activity back to firing on all cylinders.



  • I almost 100% knew this was going to SUCK because of that lame ass trailer (albeit the posters intrigued me), but wow, I’m interested because of the positive feedback I’m hearing. I’m still waiting until Rotten Tomatoes to judge, but I hope this is at least on par with 2 (tbh I found 3 underwhelming, but still alright. 2 I really liked, 1- my favorite, and 4? not as bad as people are saying, but disappointing).

  • Call me cynical, but I wonder if the selected audiences are overacting and kissing ass (in the theater and during the little one on one interviews after the movie) for the sole purpose of being shown on camera? You know, a chance at their little fifteen minutes. I say this because we always see random footage of live audiences FREAKING OUT for select horror movies in TV spots and trailers to hype up the movie.

    And correct me if wrong, but the screenings are free, right? If so, then I don’t see a big deal about people loving a free movie. Ask someone to pay money for anything on Olive Garden’s overpriced menu for an experiment, and they’ll think about it. You give them the food for free, and they’ll devour everything in front of them without thinking twice about it.

    More recently, I remember seeing TV spots for people freaking out and screaming during screenings for Insidious 2, while they wearing bracelets or some shit to gauge their pulses. Yeah, I’m sorry, but NOTHING in Insidious 2 was that scary, not a damn thing.

    I’m skeptical about the positive feedback, but nothing can be worse than Paranormal Activity 4. They set the bar for shit with that one. Also, if The Marked Ones is the resurgence film for the PA franchise, then that puts more pressure on PA 5 to deliver, a lot of pressure.

    • djblack1313

      Zombie-Killa, i am with you word for word. NO ONE in all my years of seeing horror movies has ever reacted (even when it may have been a genuinely scary movie) the way these fucking idiots do in these horrible, embarrassingly bad reaction POV’s of audiences watching the PA movies or INSIDIOUS 2. the only thing that makes sense is they ask people at the door if they like horror movies and will ONLY take those who have never, not once, seen a horror movie before (and make those who are seasoned horror buffs come back later or go to a different screening) because nothing in these movies warrant the “OH MY FUCKING GOD!!!” fake reactions that are shown in the tv spots.

      • “because nothing in these movies warrant the “OH MY FUCKING GOD!!!” fake reactions that are shown in the tv spots.”

        Too true! When I was kid, I might’ve covered my eyes every now and then, but that’s it. So if you’re a child, I could understand that type of reaction. But that type of reaction from an adult? Inexcusable and just pure bullshit to take a chance of making it on TV.

        • weresmurf

          You know the movie that had the most realistic reaction scene in any movie?

          A Haunted House. Seriously lol.

          His reaction after they have a ghost encounter? What MOST sensible people would do. lol. Spoof or not, at least they got that part right haha.

          Seriously shit movie though.

          • Lulz! I remember that! And yeah, A Haunted House was shit. I can’t believe they’re making a sequel. lol.

    • Kwonkicker

      Wow, egotistical and conceited much? This is the problem with horror fans these days. Everyone thinks their opinion matters above all else and they’re some savvy and sophisticated critic that can dish out on the finer nuances of modern horror.

      Fuck you. Don’t come off as an arrogant and cynical prick. ALL films with a large and supportive fan base have word of mouth travel in their screenings. To cast doubt on the seriousness of that based solely on your dislike of the franchise is impossibly arrogant and conceited. Seriously, a film gets high praise from the fan base and you go “Oh I don’t take that seriously, it’s all over hype”? For what? If the fans praise it and say it’s terrific, so be it. Even if a film turns out to be terrible, there will always be supporters who can find entertainment on it.

      Now with that said, while I don’t think this film will ever measure up to Paranormal 3, I do hope it makes for a creepy horror treat.

      • Kwonkicker, you know what you can do, right? Just skip over my posts and not read them, if you’re so sensitive and easily offended. I mean, you can throw another bitch fit if you want to, but I won’t read it. Go right ahead. The last word is all yours.

        If I don’t like something, I’m going to speak my mind about it with no filter, and nothing will change that, ever. Period. To add to that, you should probably stay from any internet message boards, if different opinions are such a big problem for you.

        I don’t have enough hands and toes to count the number of times I’ve disagreed with something Evan (although, I still love Evan’s posts! lol),Brad, or one of the of many users on this site posted, but I just read the post and move on 80% of the time, and if I do respond, it’s not some block of senseless gibberish like your post in this article.

        • Kwonkicker

          Read again. Different opinions don’t matter. Everyone here on Bloody D raved over Sinister; I thought it was a piece of shit. I said it’s the smugness and conceit I take fault with. Saying a film’s merit is misplaced because fans rave over early screenings just reeks of it. Of course they’ll go crazy over it: THEY’RE FANS.

          • EvanDickson

            @Kwonkicker not everyone here raved over SINISTER! Check out Brad’s review

  • djblack1313

    dear God no. i’m sorry but cheap, lazy jump scares don’t take any talent to make and that’s all the PA movies ever have to offer. i doubt the spinoff is any different.

    • lhcameron

      Dont fall for the hype. I saw the Chicago screening at showplace icon theater last night and the movie was VERY disappointing. Better than the 4th one but still BAD.

    • EvanDickson

      @djblack1313 it’s very entertaining. The scares actually come out of suspense rather than jump tactics.

      Obviously it’s not a masterpiece, but it’s very fun. Which is increasingly rare in modern found footage.

  • lhcameron

    I didnt enjoy the movie at all… POSSIBLE SPOILER:

    This movies doesn’t answer a SINGLE question and just brings forth more questions than answers. It tries too hard to link back to the other movies as well.


    Overall i give the movie a 2 1/2 out of 5 stars. It was the usual jump scares, demonic roar, etc. I was SUCH a huge fan of the series up to part 3 and forced myself to like 4. But i just can’t defend these movies anymore. It’s the SAW franchise all over again. Wrap it up with PA5 in my opinion and just leave it at that. 🙁

    • blacklab99

      I have seen it too. I agree with your star rating. It was not scary. The ending was just stupid. This franchise started to slide with number 4. Maybe they should add a character with a hockey mask.

    • Kwonkicker

      Saw peaked at IV, then fell off at six I feel. Even if this doesn’t answer any questions, Paranormal 5 definitely will. I really doubt the producers will let this go the way of Saw.

  • MindVortex

    I had an RSVP. Took 90 minutes to drive to downtown L.A. through traffic. Paid $10 parking. Still got there at 7pm for the 10pm screening. Turned away by the PR guy who said, “yeah, we had over 1,000 RSVP’s and the theater seats less than 300.”

    Really, Paramount? I get that sneak previews have to overbook for no-shows, but by 4x? Wasting people’s Friday nights is a poor way to treat “fans.”

    • EvanDickson

      @mindvortex were you one of our winners?

      • MindVortex

        @EvanDickson – No, sorry for the confusion. Just an RSVP through the Marked Ones website.

  • jarredah

    I saw the film in Dallas on the 13th.

    To start, I must be clear that I AM a fan of all 4 previous films. However, I am writing an un-biased and honest review. I won’t be providing any major details or specific scenes so the movie won’t be spoiled.

    As a fan of the series, I wasn’t completely sold on this one. The trailers and T.V. spots just weren’t doing it for me. It seemed unnecessary. I decided to take a shot at the free screening and hope for the best.

    Despite a familiar setup, ‘The Marked Ones’ strays from the formula that the previous films acquired, which is to capture paranormal activity in a house while the characters sleep. There’s no haunted house here. It’s a haunted person from start to finish. In fact, the majority of the activity in the film happens outside or in a different location. In my opinion, this provided the writers an opportunity to focus on explaining the mythology in a more sufficient way. The series was getting to a point where there wasn’t really a logical way to continue the plot without losing what realism they still have. This is where ‘The Marked Ones’ comes in. It’s used as a way to create a bridge to part 5 and hint at what’s (potentially) going to happen. No spoilers here, but I can say that this is NOT just a spin-off film and actually ties in with the series pretty cleverly. There are many scenes that tie in with the series.

    I can admit that the movie isn’t exactly scary. There are only a handful of genuinely creepy scenes, with the rest being the typical (yet still fun in my opinion) jump scares that the series is known for. HOWEVER, there is enough else going on in the film to make up for it. The new mythology and ideas are enticing to say the least… and I think the writers did a good job at answering questions while still leaving some mystery to keep viewers attached. Also, I must say the ending was pretty fun and was one of the better endings of the series (MY OPINION).

    Overall, I truly did enjoy the movie and appreciated what its purpose was in the series, which is to provide explanations of events passed that close some chapters and open new ones for future installments.

    If you didn’t like the last 4 films, I can’t say you’ll enjoy this one any more. It’s worth a look if you’re at ALL curious about what’s to come. With all that ‘The Marked Ones’ introduced, there’s potential to make a pretty wicked part 5 if done right. Let’s hope that one year delay packs some treats come October!

  • Krug09

    I personally think PA 1-3 made a good trilogy of a haunting story. They entertained me and i felt very much so that they gave more the jump scares. They brought build and trills not just jumps, good acting, likable people. Saying (PA1 especially) the series brought nothing more then a few jumps sounds like bitter horror fans who dont enjoy them or give it a fair shake. PA4 was much worst then it looked. i honestly thought it would be a bad film and it was an awful film. I think 1-3 wrapped up the Katie story up and brought everything full circle… this film looks bad to me. not much better then 4… i may check it out on DVD.

    • Kwonkicker

      You, win the internet for the day.

  • mcgillj

    I just don’t get the love for this genre of films. A friend she’d me to go to PA3. After BWP I just never cared for the. Noise in the woods, or eerie camera trick scares which seems this series’ bread and butter. But it seems even fans are tiring of the franchise that mocked Saw for milking it for too long. Seems a bit hypocritical to me. I prefer Saw. OK 5 was a bit below the bar but I always felt six was back on course. Although I felt 7 was by far the weakest entry. And I think the only one I haven’t had a desire to revisit. But I look at it this way, its just not a movie made for me.

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