New in Theaters: ‘Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones’

Posted 9:09 PM January 3rd, 2014 by Logan Falk
Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones

After a weekend bringing five new releases with it, it’s nice for certain column writers to relax a little with a weekend offering only one new release, which is itself just a spinoff of a larger franchise (a somewhat unsuccessful spinoff, unfortunately).

Opening today is Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones, a terrifying tale separate from the storyline of the main films. The only constant is the demon which has already caused four films of mayhem in the Paranormal Activity series, which in this film has possessed a member of a Latino family to cause more found footage mischief.

The critics of Rotten Tomatoes weren’t terribly impressed with this film, rating it at only 44%. Everything about the franchise is getting old—the found footage style of horror (which is unfortunate, since it’s effectively spoiled that style for any other film that may have utilized it), the predictable scares, the haphazard script; the change in setting offers the only difference from any of the other films. The Box Office Guru predicts a weekend gross of around $17 million.

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