In Oxnard, California, Jesse has just graduated high school and lives with his father and grandmother in a multi-storey apartment complex. Living in the same building are his friends Hector and Marisol, as well as a strange and mysterious woman called Anna.
Jesse, Hector and Marisol become intrigued by Anna’s apartment and recklessly enter without permission. Since venturing into Anna’s home, strange things occur and it soon becomes apparent that larger forces are taking over Jesse.
If you’ve seen the first four Paranormal Activity films, you’re most likely to be persuaded to watch Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones. Firstly, we have to admit that we jumped out of our skins and advise you to approach this film with caution, especially if you have heart problems.
Going back to the beginning, Paranormal Activity was a massive box office hit in the UK, with some pretty clever, yet simple, effects. On its first release, rumours speculated whether it was real footage (it wasn’t). Following its unexpected success, Paranormal Activity 2, 3 and 4 were born, sparking further demand for Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones.
We have to admit that this film wasn’t anywhere near as good as the first two films, but it is rare to expect something better after a sequel. It seemed as if three trouble-making kids had been let loose from school and were causing havoc among a suspected murder scene, which we know wouldn’t happen in real life.
This isn’t to say it doesn’t have all the makings of a horror film, because it really does. The CGI is scaled back, stripping it down to the simplest of scary moments that will have you fly off the sofa.
Scare tactics that have been seen in the other films also appear in Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones, such as tense scenes with a handheld camera, demonic noises and simple but effective sudden appearances of creepy children. Basically, if you’re disturbed by ghostly children or old ladies, you’re in for a treat.
Needless to say, the acting is terrible. However Katie Featherston and Micah Sloat, who appear as the main characters in the first film, could just about get away with being called ‘professional’ actors.
If you’re looking for something scary but easy on the brain, Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones is a recommended choice.