Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones (2014)

logoDirector: Christopher Landon

Writer: Christopher Landon (Screenplay) Oren Peli (Based On Original Film)

Starring: Andrew Jacobs, Jorge Diaz, Gabrielle Walsh, Renee Victor, Noemi Gonzalez, David Saucedo

 

Plot: Jesse begins experiencing a number of disturbing and unexplainable things after the death of his neighbour. As he investigates, it isn’t long before Jessie finds he’s been marked for possession by a malevolent demonic entity, and it’s only a matter of time before he is completely under its control.

 

Verdict: Been There Seen This

 

Story: Paranormal Activity The Marked Ones starts by following two high school graduates and best friends who get their first camera and start filming different events around their living block. They hear noises from their downstairs neighbour where they try to film what is going on only to find out she is doing some kind symbols on a naked woman. After the woman is killed the two friends investigate what she was up to and end up getting involved in the dark arts along with a another friend. After performing some kind of ritual they start experiences some creepy goings on.

Paranormal Activity The Marked Ones uses painfully awful stereotypical Latin Americans where they are all worried about gangs and end up using guns to try and answer the problems. The building upon the idea behind the original films almost comes off offering up a much bigger picture to what is meant to be happening. The found footage side of the story is almost unneeded now with the characters actually having to stop running to turn around and grab the damn thing. In the end this is what you would call ‘franchise building filler’. (4/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Andrew Jacobs: Jesse graduating high school leads him to start the search for a job while he enjoys his summer filming with his best friend Hector. He starts to getting possessed by an unknown force where he has more power and acts strange around his friends. Andrew gives a ok performance but never really gets going. (4/10)jesse

 

Jorge Diaz: Hector best friend of Jesse who also happens to play the dumb one of the friends who gets talking into things. The harmless friend who just wants to have fun but ends up having to try and save him. Jorge gives an ok performance but is too generic for my liking. (4/10)

 

Support Cast: Friends, family and other victims all make up the support cast that all offer information to what is going on but do we even care anymore?

 

Director Review: Christopher Landon – Copies the basic scares we have seen before, offering only a slight twist ending. (3/10)

 

Horror: Paranormal Activity The Marked Ones has a couple of attempted jump scares but nothing really good for the horror genre. (4/10)

Settings: The settings in Paranormal Activity The Mark Ones fail to show what the film is meant to be about, being haunted inside your own home. (3/10)

Suggestion: If you are watching all the Paranormal Activity films you should enjoy this but as a one off horror this won’t fulfil your needs. (Franchise Follows Watch)

 

Best Part: Attempted Twist.

Worst Part: Same jumps scares.

What Could Have Been Better? – Scare us maybe.

Lessons Learned: Don’t mess with the creepy neighbour.

 

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: The Paranormal Activity franchise is set to continue with ‘The Ghost Dimension’ coming out next year.

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $32 Million

Budget: $5 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 24 Minutes

Trivia: The Marked Ones has the lowest box office opening weekend of the franchise.

 

Overall: Basic Franchise Film

Rating 40

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The Black Waters of Echo’s Pond (2009)

logoDirector: Gabriel Bologna

Writer: Michael Berenson, Gabriel Bologna, Sean Clark (Screenplay)

Starring: Robert Patrick, Danielle Harris, Sean Lawlor, James Duval, Nick Mennell, Mircea Monroe, Arcadiy Golubovich

 

Plot: Nine friends take a holiday at a Victorian home on a private island and uncover a game that when played brings out the worst in each of them. Jealously, greed, hatred, lust, all of the things they keep buried deep inside themselves rise to the surface and come to a boil.

 

Verdict: The Game of Death

 

Story: The Black Waters of Echo Pond is about a group of friends on a deserted island all going for a good time, but a board game brings out the worst in them. Each part of the friendships seems to get paired off to enter into battle over deep seeded difference between them all. Everything plays into the basic idea that if someone is pushed to the limits a darker person with a very different person comes out. We have a few twists and the generic characters used and a demon creature always lurking. It is nothing special but a good look at how people can hold things in. (6/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Robert Patrick: Pete the old man who lives on the island letting one if his family member use it for weekend with their friends. He is a generic old drunk who protects his island at all costs. Basic performance where he gets very little to work with. (6/10)

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Danielle Harris: Kathy still grieving the loss of her brother thanks to a reckless choice by Rick, she will never forgive him but does she know the truth? The scream queen struggles to make an impact in this one. (6/10)

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James Duval: Rick the man that nearly everyone hates of the group and no one knows why he has even been invited to the island. He becomes the hero of the piece trying to save the people he can but is this really just him getting what he really deserves for all his wrongs. Good performance but also the only really interesting character. (7/10)

 duval

Mircea Monroe: Veronique the stereotypical bimbo on the group who uses her body to get whatever she wants. Good performance playing the role required well.  (7/10)

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Director Review: Gabriel Bologna – Good direction to create a horror film with a difference. (7/10)

 

Horror: Black Waters of Echo Pond shows when it is your own friends that turn on you, you know it would be a pretty horrific thing to go through. (8/10)

Thriller: Black Waters of Echo Pond is not as well tensed up as could have been. (6/10)

Settings: Deserted Island makes great isolated setting for horror. (10/10)
Special Effects
: Good special effects used on most of the kills. (8/10)

Suggestion: This is still only on for the horror fans to try, it might not fill enough of the boxes a true horror fans likes. (Horror Fans Try)

 

Best Part: The final twist makes you think.

Worst Part: Generic characters.

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Budget: $5 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 29 Minutes

 

Overall: Horror Without the Bite

Rating 58

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