When Paranormal Activity scared audiences in 2007 it was never a question that this series would end up heading the franchise route. Since then they have produced 3 sequel/prequels that have divided audiences but continue to make money. Now while fans are still waiting for the 5th entry into the series, they have taken a side step to deliver a spin-off film of sorts with Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones, but does it still bring the same formula that have made it the successful franchise it has become or will it finally be exercised?
Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones follows a young man who begins experiencing a number of disturbing and unexplainable things after the death of his neighbor. As he investigates, it isn't long before he finds he's been marked for possession by a malevolent demonic entity, and it's only a matter of time before he is completely under its control.
From the trailers it appeared this film was going to be more of the same, but in fact it takes some new direction in a good way, while still keeping connected to the other films. There is way more story and stuff happening in this entry in between the haunting stuff which makes for a more enjoyable film. While the use of the camera doesn’t always make sense, just like most of this genre, they did a good job trying to keep it believable. The use of unknowns again makes it easier to get into the film and actually buy into what is happening. On the effects and actual horror aspect they took some different directions and pushed the envelope a bit more making for one of the better entries in the franchise. Unless you are one of those that these films actually freak out, you probably won’t have a lot of actual scare moments, but it still works really well. This film sports the biggest effect moments in any of the films really stepping its game up without going too far outside what these films are known for.
Fans of the previous films are sure to love this one as it takes things to another level and doesn’t sport as many random useless moments, but instead tries to keep most of hit on track leading towards the bigger story. They could have easily just made this film a standalone chapter that is only connected in name alone, but instead they cleverly crafted it so that it connects with the first three entries in the series making it that much better. While we still haven’t gotten some of the answers fans have wanted, this chapter marks a good turn in the series and is sure to make fans excited for Paranormal Activity 5 due out later this year.