UK Release: January 1st 2014
The next instalment in the juggernaut franchise that is ‘Paranormal Activity’, from Paramount and Blumhouse, is ‘PARANORMAL ACTIVITY: THE MARKED ONES’, a spin off from the main instalments which focus on more a dynamic, if yet conventional approach to the found footage horror genre.
Gone has all the CCTV actions of the four main instalments, and out comes something which takes the action to multiple locations and places. Also it adds diversity by setting this in a Mexican community. While acting away from the haunted house hijinks of the previous main instalments, this certainly has a template which could be attributed to 2012’s ‘Chronicle’, not because of the powers one of the main characters gets after being ‘’bitten’’ by a demon, but because it has some surprisingly well timed humour. It is a shame however (despite adding an interesting plot device which links it back to the main franchise), that there is no real memorable moments and the usual tropes do happen.
The ‘Paranormal Activity’ franchise has always amazed me with how well it has done, practically coming off a film which was originally made in 2006, then released (thanks to Steven Spielberg’s Dreamworks) in 2009 and got this unstoppable machine going. So in conclusion, it certainly going into places which might stop the franchise getting old and stall, with some mythological ideas and communal diversity. Also Jorge Diaz does indeed look like a young John Leguizamo