Latest Movie News Headlines

Trailer for Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones has muggings, crazy eyes, and bite marks

Oct. 17, 2013by: Paul Shirey

Whether you want it or not, the found footage genre's golden child, PARANORMAL ACTIVITY, is keeping the stereotypical scares comin' with the latest (and first) spinoff entry, PARANORMAL ACTIVITY: THE MARKED ONES. Written and directed by the writer of the previous three films in the series, Christopher Landon, this spinoff focuses on a Latin-American family this time out, and the usual tropes are still in effect, including bite marks, kids-as-ghosts, crazy eyes, shadows, and people being tossed by an invisible force. If that's your bag, then this will be, too.

Have a look:

So, here's a thing; I've never seen a PARANORMAL ACTIVITY movie. They just aren't my thing. Nothing against the genre or anything, but it's just never enticed me enough to take a look. So, I'm a poor judge of saying whether or not this one looks up to snuff and will leave that to you guys to decide. From my perspective it looks like more of the same, which again, keeps my interest absent. But, I'm interested to hear what fans of the series think, especially as this is a spinoff of the original franchise. So, let's hear it!

PARANORMAL ACTIVITY: THE MARKED ONES rings in the new year of horror on January 3, 2014.

Oh, hello there, nightmares...

Related Articles

MORE FUN FROM AROUND THE WEB

Strikeback
Not registered? Sign-up!
Or

+1
12:06AM on 10/18/2013

How is this even a franchise?

This is what's wrong with America... and more so Hollywood.
This is what's wrong with America... and more so Hollywood.
Your Reply:



6:57PM on 10/17/2013
I wanna say that I don't get hate for these movies, because I sort of do, and yet that doesn't stop me from having enjoyed every single entry so far. Of course the quality has gradually taken a downward dip, and in general I'm not even a big horror fan, but I just love the PA's.
One thing they almost always got right is pretty good actors, it's not easy to act like somebody who knows he's being filmed, while you're being... filmed. But the main guy in this one is fucking horrible.
I wanna say that I don't get hate for these movies, because I sort of do, and yet that doesn't stop me from having enjoyed every single entry so far. Of course the quality has gradually taken a downward dip, and in general I'm not even a big horror fan, but I just love the PA's.
One thing they almost always got right is pretty good actors, it's not easy to act like somebody who knows he's being filmed, while you're being... filmed. But the main guy in this one is fucking horrible.
Your Reply:



6:37PM on 10/17/2013

Sounds like I am a bit more positive on this one, haha.

From a story perspective, I think this entry in the franchise looks extremely interesting. All the movies thus far have dabbled in the backstory for these strange spirits but it was still very fuzzy. This looks like it takes a crash-course and takes those elements head-on and the whole movie will be based around it. So I think from a story perspective, with regards to fleshing out the Paranormal Activity mythology, this movie looks quite good.

But everything else about it looks sub-par,
From a story perspective, I think this entry in the franchise looks extremely interesting. All the movies thus far have dabbled in the backstory for these strange spirits but it was still very fuzzy. This looks like it takes a crash-course and takes those elements head-on and the whole movie will be based around it. So I think from a story perspective, with regards to fleshing out the Paranormal Activity mythology, this movie looks quite good.

But everything else about it looks sub-par, and that's putting it nicely. Continuing to film your friend when he's being mugged? That makes no sense. The camera's presence looks to be taking a more cinematic approach this time around, but they still have it as a handheld thing... it's like they are trying to mix the two, and it's awkward and not working well.

It's not very authentic like the first film or even the second one. At least with all the installments thus far, we have security cameras set-up so we can see things that normally we wouldn't see if someone were holding a camera. Seems like the characters holding the camera are a lot more logical about it than this trailer makes this band of folks seem. It ruins the immersion when they take that cinéma verité element away but still shows elements throughout. That's what it seems like they're doing here, and that's unfortunate.

I don't ask for much with Paranormal Activity with respect to the acting, but this is like acting on the lower end of the porn movie spectrum. It is terrible.

And basically everything else looks like a waste of time. It is interesting to see that they will be going around town, so that could be interesting and open up avenues for different kinds of scares, but I'm sure it will still all boil down to being in a house where random mice scurry into frame and off-screen objects crash violently with a shocking "thud."

I should change my color on here because it's definitely apparent I'm not positive about this movie at all. :P But ehh... it needs a little green. Something that I'm sure it won't make in the box office since it's being brought out in the dumping ground.
Your Reply:



5:49PM on 10/17/2013
Although I kinda enjoyed pt 3 the 1st 2 were the exact same movie. I have a feeling (hope) this will be the last one. I literally nodded off watching this trailer. Not a good sign...
Although I kinda enjoyed pt 3 the 1st 2 were the exact same movie. I have a feeling (hope) this will be the last one. I literally nodded off watching this trailer. Not a good sign...
Your Reply:



5:40PM on 10/17/2013
Can people stop paying for these awful movies!!
Can people stop paying for these awful movies!!
Your Reply:



3:28PM on 10/17/2013
Who cares? Do they really need to try and market it as a spinoff when it's just the same thing as the first 4 movies? I'm sure there will be enough suckers that will go see it over Halloween. All they need to do is have Paranormal Activity in the title, and ghosts and stuff that move, with a ridiculous premise as to why people are filming everything all the time. That's pretty much what the first three were, no?
Who cares? Do they really need to try and market it as a spinoff when it's just the same thing as the first 4 movies? I'm sure there will be enough suckers that will go see it over Halloween. All they need to do is have Paranormal Activity in the title, and ghosts and stuff that move, with a ridiculous premise as to why people are filming everything all the time. That's pretty much what the first three were, no?
Your Reply:



3:11PM on 10/17/2013
Now they're making spin offs from the original series, how pathetic. Nothing about this looks interesting...
Now they're making spin offs from the original series, how pathetic. Nothing about this looks interesting...
Your Reply:



2:06PM on 10/17/2013
I'm starting to feel bad for the horse.

They are just beating the shit out of it.
I'm starting to feel bad for the horse.

They are just beating the shit out of it.
Your Reply:



3:02PM on 10/17/2013
Good thing it's already dead, but now it just makes the beatings all the more sad.
Good thing it's already dead, but now it just makes the beatings all the more sad.
+0
1:50PM on 10/17/2013

OK here I go....

I have liked these movies, the first was solid and the quality kinda declined with each following movie and the mythology seemed kinda made up. I have 2 big problems with these movies so far....1 why doesnt anyone drop the camera when they are holding them when they are scared or running for their lives? I mean not even a news reporter would hold onto a camera while fleeing for their lives. The good news for these types of movies is the practical invention of Google Glass, so at least we can
I have liked these movies, the first was solid and the quality kinda declined with each following movie and the mythology seemed kinda made up. I have 2 big problems with these movies so far....1 why doesnt anyone drop the camera when they are holding them when they are scared or running for their lives? I mean not even a news reporter would hold onto a camera while fleeing for their lives. The good news for these types of movies is the practical invention of Google Glass, so at least we can say the camera was attached to their heads as opposed to them holding it with one hand, I know that isnt a big issue but its always bothered me. 2 when are they ever gonna explain how this stuff happens (the triggering event), how did this monster come to be and if it was created then it can be destroyed, but why cant anyone defeat it? It really needs more tought on that end, its very much like The Grudge or Zombie movies/shows. They can just exist someday without explanation and at the same time have no fix or cure or whatever you want to call it. If that is teh case and there is no explanation then why even bother watching since we know everyone is powerless to stop it and that everyone is doomed. Its lazy storytelling, profitable yes, but lazy for sure.
Your Reply:



2:57PM on 10/17/2013
It's a demon which is not created but is an evil entity that has existed from the beginning of time. As per The Bible, demons are angels who sided with Lucifer and were cast out of heaven. They cannot be killed only banished and are evil in intent. The trigger event was explained in 2 & 3 with 'Grandma Lois" making a deal with the demon for wealth and power at the price of the next first born male in the family which is Hunter. Hope that helps.
It's a demon which is not created but is an evil entity that has existed from the beginning of time. As per The Bible, demons are angels who sided with Lucifer and were cast out of heaven. They cannot be killed only banished and are evil in intent. The trigger event was explained in 2 & 3 with 'Grandma Lois" making a deal with the demon for wealth and power at the price of the next first born male in the family which is Hunter. Hope that helps.
1:43PM on 10/17/2013
You know, the first one was pretty effective, but the subsequent sequels lacked the freshness of the original (how many times can you keep going back to the well and stay interesting?). I haven't seen part 4 due to the incredibly abysmal reviews, and this just doesn't look that interesting either. I do find it compelling that they're building a nice little mythology behind all the films, but they're not really doing anything new with it. And if there's one thing I'm real tired of (besides found
You know, the first one was pretty effective, but the subsequent sequels lacked the freshness of the original (how many times can you keep going back to the well and stay interesting?). I haven't seen part 4 due to the incredibly abysmal reviews, and this just doesn't look that interesting either. I do find it compelling that they're building a nice little mythology behind all the films, but they're not really doing anything new with it. And if there's one thing I'm real tired of (besides found footage movies), it's CGI in found footage movies. It just looks out of place.
Your Reply:



+3
1:04PM on 10/17/2013
My wife will be dragging me to see this I'm sure. She can't get enough of these. Her revenge for dragging her to see all the superhero movies I guess.
My wife will be dragging me to see this I'm sure. She can't get enough of these. Her revenge for dragging her to see all the superhero movies I guess.
Your Reply:



12:49PM on 10/17/2013
I'm just interested to see how they tie in the first four original films with this one. But I will be seeing this because I love the franchise and its scares. Even though they might not be the greatest horror films ever, they're still alot of fun.
I'm just interested to see how they tie in the first four original films with this one. But I will be seeing this because I love the franchise and its scares. Even though they might not be the greatest horror films ever, they're still alot of fun.
Your Reply:



12:42PM on 10/17/2013
Watched 'Paranormal Activity 2' last night. During a commercial break, that commercial where the guy uses night vision goggles to prevent a Yeti from stealing his Wheat Thins played. I found the latter more compelling.
Watched 'Paranormal Activity 2' last night. During a commercial break, that commercial where the guy uses night vision goggles to prevent a Yeti from stealing his Wheat Thins played. I found the latter more compelling.
Your Reply:



12:49PM on 10/17/2013
A What Thins movie does have more appeal than this, no?
A What Thins movie does have more appeal than this, no?
12:35PM on 10/17/2013
Are there still audiences for this movie?
Are there still audiences for this movie?
Your Reply:



12:44PM on 10/17/2013
In Latin American countries the audience is huge. Hence the Latin themed spin-off. PA4 made almost twice its American gross overseas and $142 Million worldwide on a $5 million investment, despite getting the worst reviews of the series. If you were a Paramount exec... that is sweet math.
In Latin American countries the audience is huge. Hence the Latin themed spin-off. PA4 made almost twice its American gross overseas and $142 Million worldwide on a $5 million investment, despite getting the worst reviews of the series. If you were a Paramount exec... that is sweet math.
12:51PM on 10/17/2013
Oh well. But yeah, that is a sweet math.
Oh well. But yeah, that is a sweet math.