Not brilliant, not awful, but is that enough for dedicated fans?
It’s been a decidedly mixed period for the Paranormal Activity franchise; come critics have hailed The Marked Ones – the latest entry – as a new start for the series, while others have condemned the production values, asserting that a fresh start is exactly what it needs.
Molly Ephraim stars in The Marked Ones
The spin-off/sequel sees the young Californian Latin-American Jesse (Andrew Jacobs) designated for possession by the same demon who previously claimed Kristi and Katie. This new direction, while wholly welcomed by many fans and critics alike, hasn’t totally convinced everyone.
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Jesse is already aware of the dangers of making a wrong move in the crime-led neighbourhood of Oxnard, California, but nothing would prepare him for a curious venture into the unknown that would engulf his soul in darkness. During a heavy party session, they see the body of a woman from the apartment downstairs being taken away as ambulances and police swarm the street. In a bid to uncover the mystery behind her death, Jesse and his friends sneak into the apartment where they find pools of blood everywhere, some strange looking video tapes and an altar decked with black magic paraphernalia. Not only that, but among the strange objects are photographs of Jesse, who wakes up the next day with a strange bite mark on his forearm. As time goes on, he starts to feel not quite himself as a supernatural and highly malicious force begins to take hold of him.
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