Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones (2014)
January 1, 2015 1:09 AM - Subscribe

The summer after their high school graduation, teenage buddies Jesse, Hector and Marisol goof around with their new GoPro camera. It might not be the best idea, however, to use it to spy on the rumored bruja who lives in the apartment downstairs.
posted by rue72 (3 comments total)
 
Not the best installment from the series, but I liked it much better than part four (the one with the laptop and the video game system prominently featured). Anyway, it was a nice change of scenery from the white bread suburbia of the first four. (My favorite is still #3.)
posted by Atom Eyes at 9:26 AM on November 23, 2016


This is an interesting development, in terms of taking the plot in a new direction. And I appreciated a bit of diversity in the series. It's well-structured, and fits in a lot of plot.

The issue I have with it is that I feel it misunderstands the appeal of the series. The semi-rambling nature of the stories is a feature, not a bug. It enhances the verisimilitude. The tight plotting and solid FX here undercut the found footage realism.

But above all, this movie doesn't understand that the central appeal of the PA series isn't the lore. It's the notion that those of us who live lives completely divorced from spirituality would be super duper fucked if that stuff turned out to be real and dark forced targeted us.

These are Hispanic kids who recognize evil and try to get help and fight it on its own terms. It's a good story and I like it. But it's like if there was a Jekyll and Hyde story that wasn't about the duality of man and the dark parts of ourselves we hide and fear. No matter how good it might be, it would not understand the assignment.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 4:15 PM on May 19


But I mean... cholo blowing away witches with a shotgun. So... enjoyable in its way.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 4:24 PM on May 19


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