Notable Cast: Andrew Jacobs, Jorge Diaz, Gabrielle Walsh, Katie Featherston, Micah Sloat
Like most popular horror franchises, “Paranormal Activity” is divided amongst the horror aficionados. Love it or hate it, it still banks quite a bit for its production cost in theaters and they don’t seem to be slowing down. In fact, there is supposed to be two of them released just in 2014 alone. The first is the rather intriguing “Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones,” which is more or less a spin off on the series than a direct sequel concerning the events around our haunted sisters in the main franchise. Ironically, because it tends to cover new ground and go with a slightly different tone, “The Marked Ones” is handedly the best sequel in the franchise…one that might be surprising in many ways for both fans and detractors.
Jesse (Jacobs) just graduated high school and is flying high with loyal friends and a family that loves him. When a weird occurrence concerning his friend from school and the odd older lady that lives below him perks his curiosity, he finds himself marked for something evil…and it’s going to take all of his friends to help him find out just what is happening.
|Bitten by the found footage bug, I see.
The film also benefits from a new setting. The Latino influence is something reinvigorating to the series and new elements like gang life-styles, which leads a massively entertaining finale when they go to siege a house with a couple of gun-toting gangsters, give the series a breath of fresh air. It may not always make sense, but dammit it was ten times more entertaining than the last few entries.
|Finding these in your basement, prime bank for a script!