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Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones (2014)

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Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones (2014)Starring Andrew Jacobs, Jorge Diaz, Gloria Sandoval, Gabrielle Walsh

Directed by Christopher Landon


The Paranormal Activity franchise has been known to defy the odds. The first film exploded upon release, and it was not really meant to have a sequel. Still, the sequel came, and it was surprisingly good. Then Paranormal Activity 3 arrived and completely knocked it out of the park. The mythos expanded. The action amped up. The plot was on a really good track. But then Paranormal Activity 4 happened, and it neglected just about everything that made the first three films work in favor of a few cool ideas that never really came together and – even worse – did nothing to advance the story. Had the franchise that launched 1,000 nightmares run out of steam? It certainly seemed that way, and the announcement of a “Latino-themed spin-off” didn’t exactly bode well either. The odd thing? That announcement never should have been made the way that it was presented.

Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones is no spin-off. It’s not a side story that ignores the previous films to go in its own direction. Not at all. This is 110% canon. It fits with the series perfectly and in my opinion could have easily been called Paranormal Activity 5 and no one would have complained. Hell, this should have been the Paranormal Activity 4 that we never got. If you’re thinking you should skip this one and just wait for 5, think again as Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones reaches an elevated height within the franchise by breaking some new ground… and then burying you alive and screaming in it.

As for this so-called “Latino-themed” business, calling it that is a true disservice. Sure, the actors in it are mainly Latino, but so what? At no time will you feel like the powers-that-be are pandering to a particular audience. Nothing feels forced, and our leads exhibit the best chemistry the series has seen since Katie and Micah. They do things and behave the way that normal people would. This adds a feeling of authenticity to the proceedings that was sorely missing from the last flick. Yes, they’re always inexplicably filming, but being the fifth film in the franchise, that’s to be expected. Thankfully, the ridiculously unneeded and highly cliché “WE MUST DOCUMENT EVERYTHING; NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENS, KEEP FILMING” moment never comes. In fact, the participants rarely address the camera at all, and that works in the film’s favor. It is easy to ignore the shortcomings of the 400-pound gorilla in the room when you’re having fun with it, and believe me, you will have fun. This is one hell of a ride, folks.

One of the main complaints from the naysayers of these films is that nothing ever happens until the end. In fact, that’s a common complaint about most found footage movies. Director Christopher Landon is well aware of this, and as a result he delivers the biggest, baddest, and boldest Paranormal Activity yet. We’re talking gloves-off, knock-out terror that delivers the nightmares by the dozens. This is a found footage film for people who don’t like found footage films.

The frenetic pacing of the movie doesn’t always serve it well, though, as the only thing I can really say is “wrong” with the film is it was kind of hard to tell how all of the characters fit together in their relationships. Were they two brothers? Were they just friends who lived together? Did they live together at all? Is that someone’s sister? Wait, are there two sisters? Are those two people cousins? Yes, the answers are there, but I’m willing to bet that you will get a little confused the first time around. That’s just a minor quibble, however, because the one thing I can tell you about all of the characters for sure is that you’ll be invested in them. Some of them you will even love, and when they meet with peril – and you know that they will – you’ll actually care. Nowadays that’s no easy feat, especially for a fifth entry into the franchise that continually introduces new characters.

When the trailer premiered, lots of folks were complaining about how one of the leads was exhibiting what looked like super-powers a la Chronicle. Not to worry; in the context of the film these moments fit perfectly together and pay off in a really big way. As for the trailer itself, in typical Paranormal Activity form, no matter what you think you saw, I can assure you they saved all of the good stuff for the movie itself.

I’m not going into the plot because part of its charm is the way everything fits together. You want to know what it’s about and how all of the pieces of the prior films are worked in? Take your butts to the movies. Questions are answered, storylines are advanced, and there’s still room for mysteries yet to be revealed.

This is the Paranormal Activity movie you have been waiting for. It makes up for the lame fourth entry in every conceivable way. It’s nothing short of an absolute gift to the passionate fans of this storied franchise. The Marked Ones proves without a shadow of a doubt that Paranormal Activity is back in top form… with a wicked and evil vengeance.

4 out of 5

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Steve Barton

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  • Chernobyl Kinsman

    This comment thread is more entertaining than the film.

    • frank_dracman

      It’s got everything! Surprising twists! New characters! Dramatic one on one battles! And let’s not forget the subplot of a bitter, argumentative man slowly descending into madness. I can’t wait to see how it ends.

  • Mormo Zine

    I thought it was the scariest Paranormal Activity yet. I grew up in Hispanic communities and have seen this witchcraft first hand so maybe it touched me in a personal way. Having said that watching the film gave me extreme motion sickness. When I got home I violently puked several times and also got a severe nosebleed while vomiting.

  • kiddcapone

    “stop wasting your time telling people the movie sucks because it’s not going to change their mind on whether they like it or not.”

    If I had that much power through the written internet word, this franchise would have been finished after the first film.

    Look around, where are all the positive comments? If I’m so far off, where are the dozens of The Marked Juans lovers talking about how amazing this film is? Why am I not in the minority? This is one of the best horror movie sites on the entire web with a high volume of traffic, so where are all the horror fans encouraging others to see it? PA has a big fan base, where are they? What exactly did I say that’s incorrect?

    The truth is, virtually NO ONE really went to see it. Want proof? It opened lower than any other PA film. The Rotten Tomatoes score has plunged down to a pathetic 39%. After 2 weeks, the film has dropped 66% at the box office down to 9th place. PA 4 is universally recognized as the worst entry in the series, and this one scored even lower at Cinemascore with a putrid C- rating.

    This has nothing to do with not personally liking the PA movies. I was on here singing it’s praises after watching PA3. This has everything to do with PA 4.5 being a huge pile of dog shit. Last time I checked, we’re free to praise and bash all the movies listed on this site, that’s what an open conversation is all about.

    If you haven’t seen this, and judging by the numbers you haven’t, you’re much more lucky than this guy. This turd will be out of the theaters in 2 weeks. Guaranteed.

    • Sirand

      “PA 4 is universally recognized as the worst entry in the series, and this one scored even lower at Cinemascore with a putrid C- rating.”

      So it got the same Cinemascore as “The Wolf of Wall Street?” Since that was the best film of 2013, that’s awfully good company to be in. Neither came close to the B+ “A Good Day To Die Hard” got….cause, man, we all know how great that movie was.

      If you’re gonna use these stupid polling websites to prove a point, it only shows how shit the tastes of mainstream moviegoers are.

      • kiddcapone

        Just curious, what criteria would you use oh great Hollywood insider? Apparently box office numbers, revenue, reviews, scores, declining trends, etc, all that means nothing if Andrew personally likes it.

        The numbers only paint a partial picture, I will never dispute that. But if they are in your favor, I’ve certainly seen you throw them out in the past. I’m just stating the facts, which is better than some random guy posting a review that isn’t a review, just saying it’s great, with no real explanation of why.

        Do you know what a great review can get you? “Exclusive” interviews with the film director. Exclusive footage to use for news. Quotes on the poster. Maybe a gig doing some editing on the DVD. It certainly opens more doors than just being brutally honest. Hell, if you forgot, go back and listen to DFF again about PA4. You didn’t “hate it” and Steve still gave it 2.5 (being generous), and strangely enough, you’re the only two praising this one again, even though, the same exact issues with 4 are in 4.5 as I documented. So, where is Buz? Or Foy? Or anyone else but you two overly biased fans?

        I’ll say it again: Where are all the great reviews and comments from horror fans? Horror fans see EVERYTHING. Why is no one going to see this if there’s a positive word-of-mouth going around?

        One last question: Why don’t you let Foy do the official PA review with every new release?

        • jay

          In my opinion The Marked Ones would have had much better number with an October release. You claim that Horror fans see everything but I am a huge horror fan who doesn’t watch everything labelled “horror”. This is definitely the best horror website out but I don’t bother with half the movies that are talked about because I simply need a trailer and synopsis to know if I will like something or not. Majority of horror being brought out is nonsense B-movies that are horrible. Everyone has just jumped on the bandwagon of hating this movie but I don’t see any real reason why. People talk about the camera work and why the camera is always on and that there’s no reason to film…. why don’t people just want to use their imagination to believe that these are 18 year old kids that want to tape everything, you know kind of like the entire world does now in real life. Go on youtube and click on millions of videos that make no sense to film. If the things like that are being picked at then you are going to have a hard time enjoying movies with that attitude. Too many people went to see this movie that already had negative thoughts about it. If you don’t like it then it’s going to be hard to change your mind.

        • Sirand

          “Apparently box office numbers, revenue, reviews, scores, declining trends, etc, all that means nothing if Andrew personally likes it.”

          Now you’re catching on. Everything you listed means jack shit about a movie’s quality.

          “Do you know what a great review can get you? “Exclusive” interviews with the film director. Exclusive footage to use for news. Quotes on the poster. Maybe a gig doing some editing on the DVD. It certainly opens more doors than just being brutally honest.”

          Holy shit! You totally have us pegged! We’re all a bunch of sychophants who spend our days blowing Hollywood executives to get gigs. I personally had to give 47 handjobs and a positive review of YellowBrickRoad before they would let me join the union.

          Your ideas about how things work in this town are hilarious. It’s like listening to all the little trolls on Ain’t It Cool News who scream “Plant!” every time a positive review is posted.

          How hard is it to wrap your brain around the fact that some people just like these movies? You always harp on your nostalgic love for the Friday the 13th movies of the 80’s. I hate to burst your bubble, but those were no better. And if they had come out now, you and half the internet would be railing against them.

          • kiddcapone

            In the “movie” industry, you are the equivalent of the guy who plays an out-of-focus extra in the background during occasional restaurant scenes for Two Broke Girls waiting for the “big break” that will never arrive. Don’t worry; I’m sure your talents will make you rise about the million other people in Hollywood that have trivial jobs in the industry and will never amount to anything. You’re better than the guy who did editing on the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse episode #121. Keep hope alive!

            I do know this. If I was Christopher Landon and looking for a place to grant a free “exclusive” interview for a website, would I choose the place that said my movie was complete dog shit or the place that is currently singing my praises opening the doors for future directorial gigs? Especially when an overwhelming majority of places all say my movie sucks balls. That’s why Steve gets the PA review assignments and not Foy (who is right on point with these flicks).

            I understand people do like these films. I get it, there are people who like the Leprechaun films, so to each his/her own. What I don’t understand is why the entire list of reasons given during the DFF for PA4 about why that movie sucks is present YET AGAIN but this time around the film not only gets a pass, but is praised as being tied for best. I’ve heard complaints about police not putting up caution tape during Fright Night as a major beef, but this one had incompetent police who can’t find a trap door in the floor leading to a devil worship chamber during a crime scene investigation. Or the fact if someone had the ability to transport back into the past, they would easily RULE THE WORLD. If you are creating an “army” for evil purposes, you can go back in time and win the Power Ball and human traffic all the victims your heart desires while eliminating potential hindrances along the way (ala Terminator).

            As far as Friday the 13th is concerned, at least those films, no matter how shitty, all had a start, middle, and shitty finish, with a nod towards a sequel at the end. You can watch each film independently and enjoy a creative death or two. You did not sit through 3 consecutive sequels of a storyline running in place with little to no advance of the storyline. They didn’t all end with Jason running at the falling camera before the end credits. Tell me what stands out in The Marked Juans? A guy pulling a black hair out of his eyeball? The black egg oozing black blood during the voodoo exorcism scene? Oooooh, so freaky and scary….

          • Sirand

            “I do know this. If I was Christopher Landon and looking for a place to grant a free “exclusive” interview for a website”

            As opposed to what – a paid exclusive interview?
            You’re grasping at straws here, kiddy. The reason you see content on websites like these is because the studios take the best avenues to reach their intended audience. Just like Ain’t It Cool will get exclusives with Joss Whedon because of their comic book crowd, so will Dread, Shock & Bloody (who all reviewed PA:TMO favorably BTW) get the most horror franchise coverage. It’s a little word called “demographics” and the entire industry hinges on it.

            “this one had incompetent police who can’t find a trap door in the floor leading to a devil worship chamber during a crime scene investigation.”

            Cause if there’s one thing living in Hollywood has taught me, it’s that nothing gets passed the LAPD… LOL!

            “Or the fact if someone had the ability to transport back into the past, they would easily RULE THE WORLD.”

            Guess the witches haven’t built a Dolorean yet. Actually, if you paid attention, they explicitly state that these gateways can only go back to very specific DARK events in the past – hence, it’s limited. So yeah, ruling the world is a bit of a stretch.

            “As far as Friday the 13th is concerned, at least those films, no matter how shitty, all had a start, middle, and shitty finish, with a nod towards a sequel at the end. You can watch each film independently and enjoy a creative death or two. You did not sit through 3 consecutive sequels of a storyline running in place with little to no advance of the storyline.”

            You’re so right. At least the Jason films knew how to change things up. Remember the one where he went to Camp Crystal Lake and killed a bunch of teenagers before being dispatched by the final girl? They certainly didn’t do that through endless consecutive sequels.

            “Tell me what stands out in The Marked Juans?”

            Likeable characters. Actual stakes. Some great set-pieces. Amped-up carnage. An expansion of the mythology. Armed cholos vs witches. A clever ending. Hell, even some of the negative reviews say it’s one of the better installments.

            If you want to hear my detailed thoughts, tune in to the next DFF – since you seem to have a borderline erotic fixation on me.

          • kiddcapone

            You only hear what you want to hear in a lame attempt at making some invalid point.

            Again, if Landon had to choose which site to sit down with, Bloody Disgusting or Dread for example, to reach its intended target audience, would he pick the place that ripped his film a new asshole or the one that loved it and will be most flattering? Not rocket science here. It’s like asshole Ted Cruz picking Fox News over MSNBC.

            Now you’re an authority on the LAPD crime scene investigations. Not surprising. I guess if the film took place somewhere else, you’d say it was still plausible. The cellar door was clear as day.

            Yes, I paid attention, specific dark events in the past. So, out of all the “dark” events in history, the night Katie killed Micah stood out? Really? That was a lame attempt to pull the movies together, nothing more. And besides, the point still stands, unless the film ends with the witches winning, whoever runs interference with the master “plan” can easily be dispatched if they go back to the night Katie killed Micah and kill that person.

            Friday films reused the same formula, but it wasn’t continuous chapters in an ongoing story. The PA used the same exact scenes and only changed the location. No one watched Friday films to see where the Jason story was headed like a soap opera.

            3 films after the witches were introduced and you still don’t know their intent. 90 minutes of the same recycled shit later and The Marked Juans advanced the storyline by ending up at the same exact house as part 3 with another satanic kool-aid man run at the camera. Some people are “marked” by the witches for something that is going to happen. Wow, the story is really steaming along now. I’m on pins and needles …Besides, who cares if some negative reviews said it’s one of the better installments; that’s irreverent and invalid according to you. Can’t judge a film that way, unless you ‘re using it as a reference.

            And FYI: I don’t listen to DFF for your input, in fact; you’re the least entertaining member of the show. The best parts are when you’re shitty phone dies and you get disconnected for long stretches, so don’t flatter yourself. It’s a fun listen in spite of you, not because of you.

          • MonsterMash

            While I’m not joining in on this whole thing again, but the whole LAPD thing reminds me of a big complaint on Texas Chainsaw 3D a lot of people have. Gun or not, nobody is going to chase a seven-foot maniac, unstable as fuck, wearing human skin through the woods in the middle of the night. Anyone with the slightest sense of self-preservation will tell you that.

          • jay

            “Yes, I paid attention, specific dark events in the past. So, out of all the “dark” events in history, the night Katie killed Micah stood out? Really? That was a lame attempt to pull the movies together, nothing more. And besides, the point still stands, unless the film ends with the witches winning, whoever runs interference with the master “plan” can easily be dispatched if they go back to the night Katie killed Micah and kill that person.”

            They JUST introduced the “Doorway”, obviously they will need the time to really explore it. All of your complaints are just ridiculous.

          • jay

            Epic comeback LOL.

            “Cause if there’s one thing living in Hollywood has taught me, it’s that nothing gets passed the LAPD… LOL!”

            This is the truth right here…. LAPD has one of the most scandalous histories ever when it comes to law enforcement agencies and you are going to keep complaining that they forgot a trap door? Do you even realize the things LAPD has done in real life?? Far worse than missing a trap door. This is what I’ve been trying to tell people with these weak complaints, stop nitpicking and reaching for errors. It was a fun movie that brought some cool elements to the table. Stop going into movies and acting like you are a professional trying to review it because in reality you are just trying to find any little thing that will allow you to bitch about it.

          • kiddcapone

            Seriously, are you for real? You’ve got to be putting me on. Does Christopher Landon have young children with internet access? I don’t always agree with people but I haven’t read a series of posts this silly from one person since Rob Zombie fans were praising the Halloween remake.

            Stop nitpicking and reaching for errors, they are all weak complaints, just accept the fact Rob Zombie perfected the character of Michael Myers and added depth that even John Carpenter can only dream about…Rob Zombie rules with his fun movies, that is the truth right there! Epic!

            Awhhhh, brings back memories….

            It’s a discussion. You asked for reasons why the film doesn’t work. Using your flawed logic, no film is ever bad because all reasons for disliking something should automatically be ignored in the name of “fun”. I’m not alone with this. The film is tanking because the majority of people who watched it obviously don’t find it as “fun” as you, they found it rather shitty, hence the daily drop on sites like Rotten Tomatoes, down to 38% overall. Every passing day more angry people who wasted their money give their opinion and this turd continues to drop like a brick until it reaches the bargain bin at Best Buy.

          • Uncle Creepy

            Umm… No one gets assignments in terms of reviews. If you’re gonna comment on how we do things around here, you can try and at least ask what the process is before you just assume.

            I do the reviews One – Because I live in California where they test screen before the rest of the country and Two – Because I’m a fan of the series, yet that didn’t stop me from saying how bad part 4 was, now did it?

            Foy or anyone else is perfectly capable of writing counter-reviews We’ve published multiple reviews on the site for a single film dozens of times.

            You’re speaking out of ignorance.

            And we’re far from the only site that had an exclusive interview with Landon. It’s called a press day. At these events journalists gather for interviews with the participants of the subject and talk to them. There’s no choosing or preferential treatment. It’s a job.

            And he needs no one to defend him but you’re way out of line with Andrew. Here’s a dude who’s not only very respected around town, but who’s also the fucking co-director of one the biggest and most well received film documentaries ever created. NSA won multiple awards and to this very day is considered a benchmark moment in the film business. Long after Andrew and the rest of us are gone, people will still be talking about that film.

            What’s your claim to fame? Giving people grief over having a different opinion than you do? Again… you do this to yourself. You know you don’t like these movies yet every year you go and then complain about how you hated them, and were robbed, and we’re shills. It’s idiocy, really. It’s like revisiting a whore who you know gave you herpes.

          • kiddcapone

            I can only speak from an outsider’s perspective. It appears that these films are untouchable, even despite the negative comments about part 4 that still got a 2.5 knife review. Yes, I’ve seen some counter-reviews, but not for these films, and I think it’s partly because people know how much you like them and choose to talk about other shit to avoid conflict. Again, I can be way off, but perspective is reality.

            If my main goal was only giving people grief, why doesn’t every review turn into some long epic rant for films I don’t like? It’s not a secret, I really liked PA3. You basically told me that if I liked 3, I will like 4.5. I didn’t do this to myself. I wasn’t going to see it but I gave it the benefit of the doubt based on your personal recommendation. I originally posted just to bust some balls but everyone got their panties in a bunch. I’m just getting the conversation going, otherwise, we’d all be talking about the Robocop remake.

          • Foywonder

            Here is an actual photo taken inside the theater as I watched Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones with Uncle Creepy. See if you can guess who is who reacting to the film.

          • Chernobyl Kinsman

            Are you the roses on the table?

          • jay

            “Tell me what stands out in The Marked Juans? A guy pulling a black hair out of his eyeball? The black egg oozing black blood during the voodoo exorcism scene? Oooooh, so freaky and scary….”

            LOL shows your ignorance and know it all attitude right there, I’m pretty sure it wasn’t blood oozing out of the the egg but rather he crushed her hand when he grabbed it. If you can’t even notice small details like that then stick to your campy horror movies. This franchise has more depth than you believe but because of your negativity you will never understand all of the great things it has to offer.

            I for one thought that they did things that was brand new to the found footage genre… for one, the whole camera down the bedroom vent, that was amazing and I was literally giddy as they were doing it just waiting to see what they would find. The fact is that this franchise is producing the best quality found footage films and each entry is bringing fresh elements to the table. If you’re a fan of found footage then this stuff is must see.

        • The Buz

          I’m going see it today.

          You also need to calm down. No need to be rude, Kidd.

          • kiddcapone

            Trust me, I’m calm and not trying to be rude. You have the DFF to yell at each other and get it out of your system, my only venue is typing words in a comments section that are always open to interpretation of malicious intent when it’s not intended.

            I look forward to hearing what you think.

          • The Buz

            What you said to Andrew was rude, and quite out of line.

            Firstly, it’s just not true. Andrew works his ass off and is far from a “dvd bonus feature editor”. Does he do that on occasion? Yeah. It pays. I do it too, on occasion. He makes time to do it in between his Bad Robot and Warner Brothers gigs.

            Secondly, that is no way to discuss, or debate anything. It has literally nothing to do with the topic at hand. It negates the rest of your argument, which by the way might have some merit to it if you kept yourself calm, cool, and collected. And that’s coming from the guy that started screaming about the Jaeger program in Pacific Rim.

            And thirdly, I saw it. It’s not bad. Not great, but not bad. Scares were non existent minus that basement scene, but the characters were a lot of fun. We go into it fully on DFF.

          • kiddcapone

            I’m no more rude than the condescending arrogant holier-than-thou attitude Kasch has displayed for over a decade dating back to the Fangoria message boards. The only difference is, he has immunity because he’s your friend and a member of the official clique. If he wants to post patronizing comments then he should be big enough to deal with the responses from someone not impressed by his delusional self importance.

          • Sirand

    • jay

      I haven’t bothered reading into all of your comments here because a lot of it is just bashing people and craziness. Would love it if you would give a full review right here in the comment section. FULL REVIEW and point out to us exactly why you hated it so much. You don’t need to be a jerk about it either just an honest and professional review since you are so knowledgeable. If you’ve already done so then I guess I will find it but after skimming I don’t think you have.

  • jay

    Here comes the most simple review anybody will need when it comes to Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones…..

    If you are a fan of the franchise it is a MUST watch.

    If you are not a fan of the franchise, stop wasting your money on things you don’t like, stop wasting your time telling people the movie sucks because it’s not going to change their mind on whether they like it or not. Also, please feel free to feel like an idiot because you continue to waste money on things you don’t like just so you bitch and moan about it after.

    PS: It’s hard to enjoy a movie when you already have the idea that you aren’t going to like it. Go in with an open mind or stfu about it.

  • kiddcapone

    Come on, where is Foy when you need him ????

    Doesn’t anyone ever go to the movies anymore? For my own amusement, I want to hear what everyone thinks about it. See it before it’s gone, because it won’t be in theaters very long.

    And after you see this, I issue this challenge: Go back and listen again to the DFF with PA 4 about why that film sucked and tell me if it reminds you of The Marked Ones. It’s fucking hilarious.

    A few complaints from that show:

    No good reason for filming everything.
    No scares.
    Virtually, the same shit happens with little advancement of the plot.
    Too many jump scares that don’t work.
    Possessed person turns into the satanic Kool-Aid man and runs at the camera to end the film.
    Witches just standing around like groupies in a Def Leppard Rock of Ages music video.
    It ends in a house with the possessed person slamming up against every locked door.

    I guess a 4th film that is basically the same shit recycled is bad, but a 5th film that recycles the same shit is tied for the best in the series and you are being silly for not expecting it. That logic is almost as confusing as the knife rating system for movies that suck.

    • nazo

      I’ll go and post my thoughts if you mail me the ten bucks for the ticket. Otherwise, I’m not particularly eager to waste my money on the fifth installment of a series that has offered nothing but camp value after the first one. It’s not even that 2 & 3 were that bad, just completely forgettable and more silly than scary. I didn’t even bother with the fourth one.

  • Sirand

    I guess I shouldn’t be surprised when people start screaming “shill” just because they can’t comprehend how people could like a franchise they have a personal disdain for. It’s become as predictable as Fox News’ “War On Christmas” specials.

    Nevermind that all the other horror websites reviewed it favorably or that the general consensus is that it’s one of the better installments.

    Some people like the Friday the 13th movies even though it’s the same, brainless stuff made over and over and over and over again. I prefer something like the PA series that has a deepening mystery and mythology that (aside from the lame 4th film) continues to expand.

    At this point, anyone who goes into the 5th film in a series and complains about all the same shit all over again is just being silly. These movies are either for you or they aren’t. But it doesn’t change the fact that they mostly succeed at what they do.

  • Alec2DaBreen

    I’m a huge lore-nerd for this series and I loved it. Steve, you should update your PA Timeline. =)

    -SPOILERS-
    Was that Alex (PA4) trapped in the stables behind Lois’ house?
    -SPOILERS-

    • Uncle Creepy

      We are updating the time line. No, that was NOT Alex. A good portion of the reason why I love these films is because of the lore. Seriously I could talk about these movies backwards and forwards to no end. ‘Cept for 4 because I’m blocking the suckage mentally! LOL

      • jay

        Hey Creepy, if it was not her in the stables was it Alex that turned off the camera at the very end…. or maybe Lois? Could you give your opinion on why you think the younger versions of Katie and Kristie were in the basement and maybe who you think the woman was that was standing in the background when Jesse went down to the basement to search for the dog.

        Also, just checked out the timeline, why is it that you have Lois as dead???

        Last thing, do you remember that little viral thing that was going on with that guy and his daughter? There was a few videos out, a facebook and twitter too. In the end the final video has him being killed. Do you think this has anything to do with the franchise?? Any importance at all??

        I really think a lot of people stopped paying attention to this movie when there was a lack of viral stuff leading up to the release. I can remember so many boards being covered in discussions with people that couldn’t wait for part 2 and 3 to come out. The viral campaigns were so huge and went on for a month before the release which just hyped everybody up. It was so cool searching for clues in the short 20 second clips, looking at the pictures trying to discover any extra details. They need to bring that back because I think it would bring a lot of people back on board.

  • kiddcapone

    Congratulations, you got me again.

    Let me begin by saying, the only early show today was in the XD theater, meaning it cost double the amount to see it on the extra large screen. Hey, I had a gift card so screw it. It was just me and 8 other people. By the end of the film, there were 3 of us left. About 40 minutes into it, a couple in their early 20’s grabbed their coats and left. Around the 65 minute point, another group of 3 younger kids got up and left. You’ve got to figure, giving up $11.50 to walk out without seeing the ending is sending a very loud message. I was almost with them, but I’m a glutton for punishment, and I wanted to see this “ending you never see coming”.

    Paranormal Activity: The Marked Juans is an excruciating experience and not in a horrific way but more an endurance of recycled from other film nonsense you can possibly withstand. #1, it’s not even remotely “scary”. And yes, more happens than a door creak, but it’s a boring jump scare déjà vu fuck fest. The only nightmare it delivers by the dozen is dreaming that you must watch it 12 more times. It’s the Biggest, Baddest, and Boldest only because the film doesn’t take place in one fucking house for 90 minutes, so it earns that description by default.

    Rotten Tomatoes (FWIW) already has it 44% and I guarantee that will sink much lower once word of mouth starts getting around. It’s another jumbled up absurd trip through lunacy. Again the camera films for no particular reason, sometimes by an invisible person, sometimes just randomly left on the ground. Characters don’t make any sense, random people show up for no reason, they took scenes from the previous films and slightly changed them, instead of a Ouija you have a Simon game, instead of a person flying at the screen it’s a sheet, instead of the person thrown down the steps they are thrown through a skylight, gang members who don’t give a shit about the main character all of a sudden grab guns for a rescue mission, a woman is murdered and the cops can’t even find the not-so-hidden trap door in the floor, the kids go into the murdered woman’s apartment leaving fingerprints everywhere when there’s an investigation in place, the Chronicle superpowers for no good reason, the Insidious 2 ending, more CGI possessed evil face running at the camera, back to running around almost empty houses, more mute witches, the evil doorway, etc. I can go on all night.

    I should have known when I looked on the Cinemark website for showtimes and saw 3 quotes praising the film, and TWO of them were from Steve. If they couldn’t even find 3 different fucking people for quotes, the caution flag should immediately go up. I don’t know what these PA people pay you, a portion of the ticket sales, free swag, finance the upkeep of this website, just the thrill of seeing your name on the dvd cover quotes, but hey, keep milking it for what it’s worth. Strike while the iron is hot. Sorry Steve, you can deny it all you like, and I respect that, but there’s more going on than just being a “fan” at this point. The daily news, the pinned review, the non-stop advertisement, etc. I need to hear what was truly great about this during the next DFF. I am honestly mystified at this point.

    I always finish things through to conclusion because I’m an obsessive compulsive completest. For this film franchise, I DON’T GIVE A FUCK any longer. I don’t care why it went after two sisters when the demon wants first born males. I don’t care who else is marked. I don’t care who was locked up. I don’t care about the witches. I don’t care what they really want. I don’t care how these two families met. I don’t care what the demon looks like. I DON’T CARE. It’s over. No more Part 5, no more part 5.5 featuring an all black Tyler Perry cast, no more Part 6. Finished. I throw in the towel. I couldn’t care less how they wrap this garbage up or what they recycle next. This isn’t a weekly television show. They have dragged this tired gimmick out too long without giving any worthy conclusion costing everyone way too much money. Fuck these waste of time movies.

    Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones: 1/5. 1.5 if I was watching it while getting a blow job from Mila Kunis.

    • LSD Zombie

      Or it’s possible that Steve just really, really likes these movies. I mean he’s made it clear that he has a weakness for ghost/demon flicks on more than one occasion. Everyone reacts to movies differently; the same goes for many other things that we intake on a regular basis. That doesn’t necessarily mean that they are bad. I don’t find Dane Cook to be a very funny guy even though many other people do. Who am to say that they are wrong for laughing? It would be a very boring place if we all liked the same things. Think of all the arguing that would be absent in every DFF………I’d rather not. :)

    • frank_dracman

      You’re in a theater and 5 people leave? I’m not trying to speculate, but maybe it wasn’t the movie…

      I seriously doubt Creepy is getting any sort of compensation for his love and forceful advertising of these movies. I don’t know dick about running a website, but it makes sense that the owners could pimp content that they find interesting, not to mention it’s the only major horror release out. He’s also gone on record saying he didn’t like 4, so that kinda contradicts your theory. If you’re correct, however, shame on Creepy and his household. I would lose so much respect for Dread. May they be afflicted with great plagues.

      For the record, I threw the towel in as soon as the pool cleaner got a lingering shot. Don’t remember what movie it was, but I think it was 2.

    • Uncle Creepy

      Yes, Kidd, you’ve found me out. Paramount lavishes me with riches every time my fingers hit the P and the A buttons on my keyboard.

      Let’s see, nonstop coverage… We run a horror website. This is the only horror movie to promote during the holiday season into January. It’s completely by my design that Paramount puts out a new clip or two every day to hype their release. I mean, why wouldn’t I enjoy working when the rest of the country is off to make sure horror fans have some news to check out should they surf on over? News they don’t have to read. News they get for free essentially. News that they will go elsewhere for if it’s not here.

      And you’re right! We NEVER STICKY important articles. Only PA ones that come out during the slowest time of the year. I’m sure that that has nothing to do with the fact that much to your chagrin the PA franchise is one of the single most popular amongst the horror community. It has nothing to do with it being one of the most searched for items here on DC. I mean, there’s so much else going on right now. After my public display of disdain for part 4 I needed gas money for my near 10-year-old Scion and also money for some Lipton Chicken Noodle soup so THAT’S obviously the reason I praised The Marked Ones and convinced all of the other sites from MTV to Bloody Disgusting to IGN to agree that it was good and make it one of the best reviewed films of the franchise. Yep, all my doing. You totally have gotten to the bottom of it.

      Here’s the thing… I rarely engage in Internet pissing matches as I realize that everyone has an opinion, and that opinion usually comes from a point of passion and I respect that. I take A LOT of ribbing from people for my opinions but NOT ONCE have I ever back peddled… Popular consensus or not. I don’t change my tune and I’m respectful to everyone who randomly types crap like 2 1/2 at me for no reason if only because they think it’s funny and not annoying after the 37th time, but when you question my integrity or the integrity of this site which many of us have built for you, for free, with no parent company helping us AT ALL, whose only source of income are the ads which most of you complain about, that’s where I draw the line.

      You don’t like these movies? Then you’re an idiot for going to see it and especially paying more for it despite your coupon. Seriously, dude… And I mean this with every ounce of fire power in my cannon… Go fuck yourself. Thanks I’ll wait.

      • LSD Zombie

        I’d just like to chime in by saying that the 2 1/2 remark was nothing more than a playful jab.

      • Cinemascribe

        “Here’s the thing… I rarely engage in Internet pissing matches as I realize that everyone has an opinion, and that opinion usually comes from a point of passion and I respect that. I take A LOT of ribbing from people for my opinions but NOT ONCE have I ever back peddled… “Popular consensus or not. I don’t change my tune and I’m respectful to everyone who randomly types crap like 2 1/2 at me for no reason if only because they think it’s funny and not annoying after the 37th time, but when you question my integrity or the integrity of this site which many of us have built for you, for free, with no parent company helping us AT ALL, whose only source of income are the ads which most of you complain about that’s where I draw the line.”

        As much as I’m hesitant to jump into the fray on anything like this..I had to single out the paragraph quoted here and say bravo, Steve. Spot on, man. This is precisely where you should draw the line. You folks are damned near tireless in your efforts at keeping things objective. Some of the best threads on the Internet have developed right here on Dread Central specifically because no one is a shill and there are so many diverse opinions and tastes among the staff and users. A great example I can think of off the top of my head were the exchanges in the Fright Night remake thread a few years back. I see nothing but integrity on this site day after day and to state otherwise is inane.

        Oh and at a 45% RT score , Paramount must have stopped payment on that check they cut you for your PR work I guess, since only the sites dedicated specfically to the genre the film occupies really liked it, meaning it was essentialy being recommended to people who were likely going to see it anyway since -as you poitned out- it was heavily advertised (I saw the trailer in front of The Wolf of Wall Street)and is the only new horror offering out right now.

      • kiddcapone

        My feelings are hurt, thanks a lot.

        While everything I say is always meant to be tongue-in-cheek, sometimes I throw a little extra out there just to ruffle some feathers. It keeps it interesting. I don’t think it’s an integrity issue, I think sometimes the lines of 100% objectivity occasionally gets blurred in order to maintain running a site based on advertisement revenue. I’ve been on here since the beginning, I don’t see film reviews get the sticky treatment at the top news feed very often, slow news period or not. I don’t see the Cold Water review getting preferential top billing.

        Hurt feelings aside, all this is taking away from the primary intention of having an unfiltered candid conversation about The Marked Juans. I’m not quite sure why people who never saw the fucking thing is compelled to post in here riding the DC slurp train while adding nothing of sustenance, but hey, it’s a free country.

        Did anyone not affiliated with DC see this thing? Let’s chat it up. I’m extremely interested in hearing from all these fans that actively seek out PA news and clips on a daily basis and absolutely loved or hated the shit out of part 4.5. What about this one clearly separated if from the pack? What was “scary” about this film? Who thought the ending wasn’t a hackneyed weak attempt at joining these two stories? Is everyone else thrilled with a spin-off that again ends with no logical conclusion? No one else is pissed they still can’t make one film in the series that contains a beginning, middle, and end without another recycled attempt at pilfering more money out of your pocket?

        • LSD Zombie

          I saw it. Aside from some moments of genuine unease, it was as predictable as they come. The main characters in TMO are the best of the series though. I found myself laughing along with the rest of the audience whenever those two guys would crack jokes. As for the ending, it definitely reeked of a series in need of wrapping up.

          I have to say that The Conjuring pretty much ruined my enjoyment of future supernatural horror films. Maybe James Wan should throw his hat into the PA ring? I think that would be beneath him.

          • kiddcapone

            James Wan would never touch this series.

            Thank you for at least seeing the flick. I don’t think anyone disputes enjoying the main characters. They were interesting and entertaining.

            What infuriates me is we are now 5 films into this shit, a film never intended to go beyond one movie. They are not advancing the weak afterthought made-up-on-the-fly mythology at all beyond adding convoluted trivial scenes of nonsense piled on top of recycled scenes. We have a coven of witches. They are designating certain people in their rituals for something. Unless you are retarded, I’m pretty sure it will be for one of your standard stock evil reasons, either bring back Lucifer to end the world or retain evil super abilities, or both. There’s not many motivational paths to choose if you’re an evil witch evoking a demon.

            So now, PA has a chance of reinventing the dead gimmick with a standalone off-shoot film to compliment the already existing series. And what do they do? We get the same witches again, the same two houses again, and now they throw in some evil doorway that allows people to travel back in time to part fucking 1 again for good measure! Really? Wouldn’t that guarantee whatever plan the witches have of coming to fruition if at any time someone got in the way of their evil plan they could just go back in time and eliminate that person? Wouldn’t they go back and stop the kid from killing the fat witch or committing suicide if either one of them played a relevant role in the finale?

            After 5 movies, a sequel that’s not really a sequel, we’ve got 450+ minutes invested in a coven of witches, a demon that possessed people slowly with a bite, and some evil time traveling door, and no end in sight as long as people are dumb enough to keep paying money to sit through this cheaply made garbage.

          • nazo

            “There’s not many motivational paths to choose if you’re an evil witch evoking a demon.”

            There really should be, though. Like, what if the witch was motivated by the reconquista of California? Or an attempt to influence the Oscar race?

          • jay

            Oh my goodness you are one seriously self absorbed know it all fuck aren’t ya? Do you even read the shit that you type?

            “We have a coven of witches. They are designating certain people in their rituals for something. Unless you are retarded, I’m pretty sure it will be for one of your standard stock evil reasons, either bring back Lucifer to end the world or retain evil super abilities, or both. There’s not many motivational paths to choose if you’re an evil witch evoking a demon.”

            Who the hell are you to say it can only be 2 reasons and blah blah blah. Did you write the handbook on making horror movies?? You are a really big douche but you probably already know that because you seem like one of those people that actually enjoys being a dickhead.

            I understand if you watch the first film and maybe the second, but why on earth did you watch 5 damn movies of a franchise you obviously despise? Your opinion is what it is but there is absolutely no reason to smother the comment section with your hate. Let people discuss it peacefully.

            You seem to be one of those people that just go and do something with the idea in your head that you will hate it before you even get there. Must have a shit life bud, enjoy whatever movies you like and move on.

      • jay

        RIGHT ON CREEPY!

    • MonsterMash

      Really dude? Lay off. I read the review too. I don’t think I like the PA movies any more than you do. I didn’t see it. However, it’s hardly Creepy’s fault you saw it. He didn’t drag you to the theater. That’s your own doing. You have nothing to complain about but your own decision to see it. As for DC as a website, its the only horror website I visit. I don’t give a shit about the ads as long as the website keeps delivering the horror news, great podcasts and reviews. Sure, some smaller productions could use some extra coverage, but when it comes down to it, as long as there’s a review, I’m cool with that. DC has a great review catalog. They’ve got the best journalists, and they write the best reviews. What more can you ask for?

      • kiddcapone

        Thank you for adding nothing but ego stroking to a review comment section of a movie that you haven’t seen and apparently don’t have any desire to see. Very much appreciated waste of space.

        I don’t believe I said anywhere that Steve forced me into seeing it, but that’s cool, don’t let that prevent you from adding your two cents.

        • MonsterMash

          I don’t have any stake in any of this. Continue your internet trolling. I’ll leave you to it. I like DC. There’s nothing wrong with letting them know it.

  • The Critic Man

    Hmm, interesting review. I have never been huge on the series, but enjoyed the second and third. The first bored me, but that was likely because it received a lot of positive hype, and I personally thought it did not deliver any of the scares I was promised. The fourth was plain awful in every single way. As for this, the trailer did not interest me the slightest bit. However, I trust your reviews, so I am willing to give it a shot.

  • Sirand

    I can vouch for this review. This sequel ties with 3 as the best of the series.