[BD Review] ‘Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones’ Is A Remarkable Return To Form!

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Paramount Pictures’ Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones hits theaters THIS FRIDAY January 3, 2014. And you know what? I recommend you go see it that night. Find a big crowd and have a blast with it. I say this as a guy who pretty much hated Paranormal Activity 4.

Writer/director Christopher Landon has gotten the series back on track in a big way, delivering an installment that is certainly one of the most entertaining in the series. From my review, “Fun, scary and remarkably cinematic within the found footage conceit, The Marked Ones might be the first Paranormal Activity movie that feels like an event film while you’re watching it. Not only does it make up for the abject disappointment of PA4, it manages to tie into the mythology of the series in a way that will invigorate anyone who has ever been a fan.

Read the entire review here and then come back on Friday to write your own! We’ll have a reaction thread up then!

 
  • WineandWatch

    Good to hear! I skipped out on the 4th one due to all the negative reaction but I just might power through it so I can be caught up for this.

    • EvanDickson

      You can totally keep skipping it. Don’t need it for this so much

  • peepjerky

    Funny how this series alternates between great and terrible with each movie. I loved 1 and 3, hated 2, and completely avoided 4 because of the reviews. Glad to hear this one is worth seeing!

  • ThunderDragoon

    I loved 1 and 2, hated 3, and 4 was just, “Really?” I knew this one would be good from the trailer. I’ll definitely be watching this.

  • djblack1313

    i hate jump scares like the ones used in these movies. i stopped watching after part 2 (i hated part 2. i saw bits of part 3 and wasn’t impressed and part 4 looked like an abomination). jump scares are lazy and easy to do. any 3 year old can create a jump scare.

    that being said, this is the 2nd review i’ve seen that says this movie is decent. i’ll check it out on DVD or online.

    • http://mitchmacready.blogspot.com/ Zombie-Killa

      ” any 3 year old can create a jump scare.”

      Yep. It’s one of the main reasons why I can’t stand the PA franchise as a whole, because they rely on jump scares too much. It’s just annoying after a while.

      • djblack1313

        @Zombie-Killa, EXACTLY! i don’t mind jump scares if there’s already established/built up dread and atmosphere. but when it’s just total silence then nothing…nothing….nothing…nothing….then BAAM!!!! then nothing…nothing…nothing….nothing…nothing…then BAAM!!! lather rinse repeat it’s idiotic and very annoying.

        • http://mitchmacready.blogspot.com/ Zombie-Killa

          Lol! Yes, that’s the sequence in a nutshell. And yeah, it’s annoying as all hell, when they follow the same pattern throughout the movie. It’s almost as bad as the tired and cliched mirror jump scare, when someone looks away or opens the mirror, and there’s nothing behind them, but when they close the mirror or look again……someone’s standing behind them. lol.

          The “jump scares” are SO easy to telegraph, so by the time you actually see them, there’s no shock factor at all, especially in the PA films.

          • djblack1313

            @Zombie-Killa, SO TRUE! lol. the mirror gig is very tired! LOL.

  • Necrogeddon666

    I refuse to watch any more entries in this franchise, and I have no doubt I’m not the only one. The ambiguous ending of the first is one of the things that kept it with you when it ended. Now the story has been dragged out for way longer than it was initially intended, and it’s just going to keep going with more inferior sequels trying to cash in. These are lazy horror movies for people that invest themselves in the genre casually.

  • http://mitchmacready.blogspot.com/ Zombie-Killa

    I’ve said this before, but the PA franchise is still giving us the run around. Think about, every film ends with an ambiguous cliffhanger. Technically, PA 3 was a prequel, because the movie explored Katie and Kristi’s childhood. NOW they’re doing another prequel?

    That’s my big problem with PA: we’re four (now five) films into the franchise, and they story is at standstill with no real progression? Still, it wouldn’t surprise me, if PA made it to eight or nine films, because the found-footage genre is still popular enough to draw crowds.

  • shelly84

    piece o crap