Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones (2013)

Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones (2013)

2013 R 84 Minutes

Horror | Thriller

Seventeen-year-old Jesse has been hearing terrifying sounds coming from his neighbor’s apartment, but when he turns on his camera and sets out to uncover their source, he encounters an ancient ev...

Overall Rating

3 / 10
Verdict: So-So

User Review

  • Paranormal Activity The Marked Ones unashamedly marked itself as one of the weakest. Did we need a spinoff? Was it necessary? The answer is quite simply no. But, in true low-budget franchise fashion, here we are. Stripping the entire essence of the 'Paranormal Activity' franchise by essentially merging a forgettable found-footage horror with the likes of 'Chronicle'. A high school graduate investigates the apartment of his murdered neighbour, believed to be a witch. He soon starts to experience unusual powers that slowly turns him against his friends. Nothing new to see here. Ineffective jump scares that can be predicted a mile away, aside from the cloth flying to the camera. One-dimensional characters doing stupid actions like going down dark basements and watching naked women from a Go Pro dangled in an air vent (naughty boys...). Frantic camera shaking that makes various scenes difficult to watch. Just stay still for flip sake! Acting so often terrible that it takes you right out of the film. "Is it gone now?" after removing the batteries from Simon (or in this case "Ouija-Simon"). Unnecessary special effects that, for a low budget film, makes it look even worse. But the worst crime, the one that really tickles my walnuts, is this. Why are they filming everything!? Just because the other films did (for good reason) that Landon thought he needed to replicate that? There was no need for Jesse and Hector to film themselves going to a party and getting laid. Literally no point. Remove the nauseating handheld style and actually direct properly. This would've been far more effective at creating tension and suspense that the film clearly lacked! Atleast the links to 'Paranormal Activity' were fine I guess, if ridiculously forced. To be honest, the only thing I'm going to take away from this film is the cleansing of a soul through eggs. Now that, is "eggsciting".