On Oct. 17, 2013, Paramount Pictures premiered the first official trailer for the horror flick "Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones." The movie, which is a spinoff (not a sequel) of the "Paranormal Activity" movies, is set to open in the U.S. and Canada on Jan. 3, 2014.
The other "Paranormal Activity" movies revolve around a "found footage" premise of cameras capturing unusual activity in houses, but "Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones" (which takes place in Oxnard, Calif.) has a lot of action taking place indoors as well as outside. Instead of a "found footage" format, the movie has a documentary-styled format. "Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones" also has a mostly Latino cast, compared to the mostly white cast of the original "Paranormal Activity" movies.
The first "Paranormal Activity" movie (released by Paramount Pictures on 2009) got rave reviews and was a big hit at the box office. "Paranormal Activity 3" got mixed-to-positive reviews. However, "Paranormal Activity 3" and "Paranormal Activity 4" got mostly negative reviews from critics. The year 2013 is the first year since 2009 that there hasn't been a "Paranormal Activity" movie released during Halloween season.
"Paranormal Activity 5" is set for release in October 2014.
According to Box Office Mojo, here are the worldwide box-office statistics for the "Paranormal Activity" movies released so far:
- "Paranormal Activity" (2009) — $193 million
- "Paranormal Activity 2" (2010) — $177.5 million
- "Paranormal Activity 3" (2011) — $207 million
- "Paranormal Activity 4" (2012) — $141 million
The average budget for a "Paranormal Activity" movie is $5 million. With this high profit margin, expect more "Paranormal Activity" movies for several years to come.
The trailer for "Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones" sparked considerable discussion on the Internet. People making comments are having mixed reactions, based on what they've seen in the trailer.
"This looks so good!! ive loved all the paranormal activitys! this should be so good :)"
"Wow this actually looks like a fresh take on the series,, I might actually go see this one."
"This seems kind of lame, but definitely looks entertaining. I will be watching this!"
"They really know how to run something into the ground."
"I can't tell if this is a spoof or a real movie!"
"It doesnt look 'scary"' but the story line is amazing.. this is happening cause they are the step sons. then you see the grandma we saw in pa3, then katie from all, then the two little girls from pa3... cant wait to see this."
"Looked decent until the cliche devil voice on the little girl."
"The trailer for Paranormal Activity spin-off The Marked Ones is surprisingly action-packed."
"The Marked Ones looked pretty good until I saw the words 'Paranormal Activity' wedged on top like that."
"I must confess, this trailer for Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones certainly marked my underwear significantly."
"Watching the new Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones just gave me the chills."
"PARANORMAL ACTIVITY: THE MARKED ONES should be retitled PARANORMAL ACTIVITY: VATOS LOCOS FOREVER based on the trailer."