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Horror Fun continues with enough Scares and Twists
on 4 June 2014
'Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones' is a supernatural horror film that released in 2014. It is the fifth installment in the Paranormal Activity film series. The film was met with a mixed response, however succeeded at the box-office and became a hit.
The plot revolves around two friends, Jesse Arista (Andrew Jacobs) and Hector Estrella (Jorge Diaz). They discover, after the death of a neighbor that Jesse has been marked by demonic witches for possession.
I have seen the previous four installments in the series and enjoyed all of them, a guilty pleasure they are. On this occasion, different tactics are employed, with success I must add. More emphasis is placed on the build up of suspense and tension as opposed to the normal false scares. There is a different fresh setting with a dash of humor that works. Last but not least, the performances of the lead actors come across as real adding an edge to the horror.
The sustained suspense and tension works wonders as the frights, which there aren't many compared to previous outings, become more effective. I found this feature to be more creepy than scary and still enjoyable. The film ends with a good twist.
The acting by the lead actors is the best I've seen in all outings. The characters seem real making the horror solid and spooky.
The direction by Christopher B. Landon makes the movie a cinematic offering than the normal strict found footage format. There is considerably less annoying amateur style camera work that always gives me a headache. His different approach has for me re-energized the franchise.
'Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones' is a horror event in the series that leaves a serious mark!