PARANORMAL ACTIVITY: THE MARKED ONES (Christopher Landon, 2014)

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SPOILER ALERT!!

My notes on Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones:

1. I really liked the change of setting. After four movies, it was refreshing to see cameras outside the confines of a home. Seriously, how many times could they milk the same haunted house story anyway? (Oh, there’s a Part 5.)

2. Paranormal Activity (and to a lesser degree, all of its sequels) worked because our minds created the horror. We simply kept waiting for things to go bump in the night. This movie didn’t rely on that gimmick. There was action that actually went on in this one.

3. Was it scary? Not really. I found it really entertaining, though.

4. It might have been a stretch, but I liked how they tried to tie it up with all the previous films.

5. I therefore conclude that all Paranormal Activity endings would elicit a “That was it?” reaction.

6. Didn’t guarantee a strong recommendation, but it was fine for what it was worth. Watch at your own risk.

Rating: ★★★☆☆

(Originally published February 3, 2014.)

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PARANORMAL ACTIVITY (Oren Peli, 2007)

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Just like any “found footage” movie, the biggest concern is why these people still find time to grab the camera and film everything instead of running for their dear lives. And just like any haunted house movie, you begin to question why they don’t leave when footsteps start appearing on the powdered floors.

If you get past those and willingly suspend your disbelief, you’ll actually enjoy this chilling flick that shows little but provides maximum scares. Similar to The Blair Witch Project, the horror resides in your brain and you scare yourself silly just by looking at a scene involving a dark room and hallway. When the actual “thing” manifests itself, prepare to scream your lungs out.

Rating: 4/5