Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones FeaturedWritten by Jon Patch
Paramount Pictures, Room 101 and Blumhouse Productions present an 84 minute, R rated, horror, thriller, directed and written by Christopher Landon with a theater release date of January 3, 2014.
The class of 2012 has just graduated from Lincoln High School and Jesse’s (Andrew Jacobs) family has planned a celebration party at his apartment complex. He receives a new video camera from his father and from that moment on welcome to the third party aspect well known to all the “Paranormal Activity” films. Jesse and his friend Hector (Jorge Diaz) decide to break into a downstairs apartment where a scary woman known as Anna (Gloria Sandoval) once lived. She was recently murdered by a young man named Carlos (Eddie J. Fernandez), a friend of the boys. Once in the apartment Jesse and Hector experience a lot of bizarre items in the home but it’s not until they bring two girls back to the place for some fun do they soon discover a bit more underneath the floors of the apartment.
When Carlos turns up dead, Jesse discovers that he is turning into something beyond his control that could not only kill him but his family and friends as well. At their apartment Jesse, Hector and Marisol (Gabrielle Walsh) try to come to the bottom of this new found evil living within Jesse by playing a familiar kids game that seems to answer questions they ask to it. Jesse’s grandmother tries desperately to help but it’s not long before the evil takes matters into its own hands leaving death in its wake.
When Hector and Marisol seek the help of Arturo (Richard Cabral) which leads the two to Ali Rey (Molly Ephraim) they discover that since Jesse has been taken by unknowns he is part of a coven of Witches that have been following him since before his birth so that at the age of eighteen they are able to turn him to evil. With the help of friends, Marisol and Hector end up at a home where they soon discover the coven of Witches and their friend Jesse which all leads into a run for their lives, ending in some very familiar moments to past “Paranormal Activity” locations and characters.
The direction is of course familiar to the other “Paranormal Activity” films which uses the third person camera situations of which I could do without most of the time at this point. The writing contains several moments of levity along with dramatic horror and is done fairly well as the story takes us into the Latin community and ties in some moments to past stories. I jumped once although the audience seemed to react more than I did since I found most of the film below average. The dog situation was disturbing as was most of the film in terms of creativity but overall I’m sure the film will get back its budget cost and more but hopefully not give this series a reason to return for another year. It’s time these Witches die never to be seen again in my opinion. Even though the acting is above average by most of the characters this story line should now be dead and buried once and for all. Written with one paw out of four by Jon Patch.
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