Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones (2014)

Written and directed by Christopher Landon. Starring Andrew Jacobs, Jorge Diaz, Gabrielle Walsh, Renee Victor, Carlos Pratts, Richard Cabral and Gloria Sandoval.

Plot: found footage movie about a young man who becomes the target of a malevolent entity.

In 2012, Jesse (Jacobs), who lives with his dad, sister and grandmother, Irma (Victor), graduates high school and begins to spend the summer with his friends Hector (Diaz) and Marisol (Walsh). He lives in an apartment complex and he and his friends call one of his neighbors “Crazy Ana” (Sandoval) and believe she’s a witch. With his new camera, he and Hector spy on Ana and see her drawing on a younger, naked woman. And then Ana is murdered and Jesse and Hector stupidly break into her apartment to search for clues. They find an empty crib, old VHS tapes, a journal that says it can open doorways to unholy places and lots of blood on the floor and walls.

With Marisol’s help, Jesse and Hector try out one of the rituals in the journal, but then something freaky happens and they all take off running. And the next morning, Jesse wakes up with a bite on his arm. The three of them then decide to play that game Simon and something appears to be communicating with them through the game. When Irma finds out, she takes the game away. But whatever’s gotten ahold of Jesse is already working it’s evil. When two thugs attack Jesse, he knocks them out no problem. He also levitates, pulls some hair-like things out of his eyes and destroys his apartment.

We had pretty much given up on Paranormal Activity series until this one actually seemed to look good to us and surprise, suprise, it was. They still never end happy, but this one was better than the rest. There were realistic environments and behaviors, likable characters who we wanted the best for, good dialogue, great acting and nice effects. There’s really no way to win in these movies though, which we hate, but this was a good sequel overall. There were some very uncomfortable moments and I mean that in the best of ways.

Our overall score: 69.

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