There were four reasons why I enjoyed watching this film.
So 2013 didn’t have a Paranormal Activity film and I am pretty sure that no one really had withdrawal symptoms, especially given just how awful number 4 was, but 2014 has brought a surprise in the form of the not quite a sequel Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones, a separate yet interwoven chapter of the Paranormal Activity series.
The film begins back in 2012, with childhood friends Jesse and Arturo doing what most normal 18-year-old lads would do in the summer and armed with a camcorder, that’s right, they performed Jack Ass style stunts and attempted to spy on the supposed witch that lives downstairs, but when she is unexpectedly murdered, it causes strange things to start to happen.
Possibly one of the reasons that I found this to be a much more enjoyable experience than the last one, is that it brings back some of the humours from the first film, with the two main characters clearly having good on-screen chemistry, but also how it does try to change things up in this film, it’s no longer a white middle-class family getting worried by their alarm going off at night, but instead it is based in a mostly Mexican American area of Oxnard, a close-knit community, with strong Roman Catholic beliefs and superstitions, mixed in with low incomes, run-down apartment buildings, this gives the series a bit more of a wider reach, it is no longer just one family struggle with the unknown.
I came out of the cinema feeling like The Marked Ones was meant to be a filler between 5 and 6, explaining a little of the back story and tidying up some of the loose ends, luckily however, the humour between Jesse and Arturo, along with a few generally scary moments has meant that this film is a passable horror movie and even though I think that the franchise is nowhere near what it used to be, this film is still better than quite a lot of the films that have been coming out lately and the Easter eggs in the were a treat for the film fans in the audience.
Earlier I mentioned that there were four reasons I liked this movie, here they are, but note that not all of these are technically about the film, but made my viewing experience much better.
1. The humour and character development in this movie felt a lot less forced than the last film and there forgave the film a lot more heart and caused you to care about the characters a lot more.
2. The 80’s electronic boardgames Simon was used as a way to communicate with the spirit.
3. Often I wonder whether or not to bother upgrading to one of the Premium seats in the cinema, as usually when I do, I’m surrounded by people that clearly didn’t bother, but I took a leap of faith and it paid off as the hoards of people that clearly didn’t bother where told to move by the cinema attendant (sweet justice in such a British way).
4. The same group of people not understanding an admittedly uncomplicated movie.