Good, Bad & Ugly Review: Paranormal Activity – The Marked Ones

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 39% (Critics) / 40% (Audience)
Directed By: Christopher Landon
Written By: Christopher Landon
Starring: Andrew Jacobs, Jorge Diaz, Gabrielle Walsh and Katie Featherston
Studio: Paramount Pictures

Synopsis: A young California Latino named Jesse (Andrew Jacobs) is designated for possession by the same malevolent demon who previously claimed Kristi and Katie. Christopher Landon (son of Highway to Heaven actor Michael Landon) wrote and directed this spin-off/sequel produced by Oren Peli and Jason Blum. – (Source)

The Good:
I like the fact that this installment of the PARANORMAL ACTIVITY series switched up the locale and focused on a predominately Latino cast. It is not often that a mainstream horror movie is made that isn’t almost entirely white. So thumbs up for diversity! I also found the two male leads to be pretty good actors who had a nice chemistry that made me care about what awful fates were sure to befall them.
I also enjoyed that this movie seemed to have a lot more stuff actually happening to the protagonists than the previous PA movies. these movies usually are 80 minutes of not much action and 10 minutes of all hell breaking loose so spreading things out over the course of the film was a step in the right direction.

The Bad:
These movies are still such a messy hodge-podge of nonsensical claptrap. They have established all of these “rules” to the supernatural happenings but don’t seem to be able to stick to their own guidelines from one movie to the next…heck they barely can do it from one scene to the next! I have seen every one of these movies and I have about as clear an idea of what is going on as I would if I had only seen one of them.

The Ugly
I’m sorry but there is nothing anyone can do that will make me frightened of a bunch of old ladies so when this film has able bodied young adults running for their lives every time they open a door and see a bunch of grannies standing there it just makes me roll my eyes.

Final Verdict: The best installment of this series as far as I am concerned thanks to an increase in action and characters that I found myself caring about. These movies are still a bit of a mess continuity wise and I have yet to see one of them that was legitimately scary including this one but not an entirely awful way to spend 90 minutes.

Grade: C+

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