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Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones

Year : 2014 Director : Christopher B. Landon Running Time : 84 minutes Genre : ,
Movie review score
2/5

What’s it about?
Recent high school graduates and best friends Jesse and Hector face the same demonic forces that terrorise the protagonists of the previous Paranormal Activity films in this Latino spin-off of the “found footage” horror franchise.

What did we think?
Marnie says: Another day, another demon. There are a couple of scary moments in The Marked Ones, which is presented as a “cousin” rather than a direct sequel, but overall it is too formulaic to be effective. Though focusing on Latin-American characters, the film bypasses the opportunity to expound on Catholicism’s approach to demonic possession, which could have been gripping. Fans will appreciate details about the series’ established characters but The Marked Ones lacks the satisfying shock of the unfamiliar that made its predecessors successful, and the dissatisfying ending so transparently sets the scene for yet another instalment that the whole thing left a bad taste in my mouth.

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