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Movie Review | Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones

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Credit: Paramount Pictures

Credit: Paramount Pictures

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When you start stealing ideas from Leprechaun In the Hood, you know your franchise is done. That’s right people, the Paranormal Activity saga has moved to the ghetto, or should I say El Barrio, in Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones. Instead of frightened white people, we have a nice, Latino family that’s haunted by supernatural forces on the wrong side of town. This backdrop allows for some ridiculous scenes including some vengeful gangbangers taking on evil spirits with shotguns and Uzis. All I could do is shake my head and be glad Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones was only 84 minutes long.

Paranormal Activity may have started out as a simple grass-roots spooky tale, but it has turned into mass marketed garbage just like the Saw franchise did, which finally decided to step away from producing yearly films. I felt that Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones was made solely to skew to a certain demographic or market a popular gadget like the GoPro camera. Even superpowers make an appearance in Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones, because we all know people love superhero movies.

Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones is the fifth installment in a franchise that should have stopped after part 3. The filmmakers are all about the money now and don’t care about creating a good scare. On a final note, I must pose the same question I asked after all these Docu-Style films like Cloverfield, Chronicle and Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones: Would you really keep filming if you were about to get killed by evil ghosts or monsters?

Overall, I give Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones 1 out of 4 stars.

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