It has been said by many that the “Paranormal Activity” films are the scariest movies ever made. As a horror film watcher extraordinaire, I strongly disagree. However, I do appreciate the films, and I will admit that I’ve attended a couple of midnight showings. The film style is very unique and the producers have a wonderfully effective way of building tension and creating fear, which is what we pay for, after all.
That being said, the most recent installment of the Paranormal Activity series, “Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones,” didn’t live up to the high standards the other films have set. The movie wasn’t as slow-moving as they usually are and the angle of the movie was quite interesting. But there were so many unanswered questions that afterwards I was just lost.
The movie is supposed to be all about “the marked ones” but it never explained the situation fully. They never talked about how the mark got there or what it was created for in the first place. Then there was another mark that wasn’t mentioned enough to mean anything and was just a knock-off of Harry Potter’s Deathly Hallows.
I do appreciate the fact that the filmmakers were attempting to get away from simply scaring people silly and actually trying to focus on the story itself. But after four other slightly confusing films set backwards and forwards in time, the plot line was so blurred that the earth-shattering realization that was supposed to occur just before the credits ended up not making any sense at all.
The location also took away from the honest fear that Paranormal Activity films usually provide. The plot took place in a small apartment complex and many of the scenes were shot outdoors. If the character isn’t inside, how is the demon supposed to throw them across the room? It can’t, which makes for quite a dull 84 minutes.
After watching, I was left with many lingering questions and even worse, when I went to bed that night I wasn’t at all worried that a demon was hiding under my bed waiting to eat my soul. Actually, I slept like a baby, something no one was able to do after watching the first four Paranormal Activities.