Synopsis: After being “marked,” Jesse begins to be pursued by mysterious forces while his family and friends try to save him.
Release Date: January 3, 2014
Thoughts: For this fifth entry in the cash-cow franchise for Paramount Pictures, the producers of Paranormal Activity have changed things up a bit. Straying from its usual October release schedule, Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones arrives in January and eschews the series previous use of security camera footage and night vision views in favor of a handheld approach on the streets of California. What’s a tad distressing is that this first trailer seemingly gives away everything about the movie, even its climax. I’m hoping I’m wrong but if you know the Paranormal Activity formula of a slow build up to a nerve jangling finale, you can’t help but notice a few shots that look awfully familiar. I didn’t hate Paranormal Activity 4 as much as most but felt like that installment didn’t move the story ahead like the other sequels did. Will this new setting and new focus help the film maintain its audience hungry for scares?