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Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones

  • UK release date: 1st January
  • US release date: 3rd January
  • Director: Christopher Landon
  • Cast: Andrew Jacobs, Molly Ephraim, Richard Cabral

This is not Paranormal Activity 5 which is due out later in the year and needs to do something fairly dramatic to revitalise the series which up until last year had begun to be seen as a Halloween tradition, taking over from the Saw franchise.

Unlike the Japanese film Paranormal Activity 2: Tokyo Nights this spin-off is canon and moves the story away from Katie, Kristi, Hunter and the whole gang to encompass another unlike soul. What the trailers have shown is a connection to the third PA film (with a couple of very scary familiar faces) as well as a movement into the black magic arena, something it would share with the [REC] series, and could point to more of these spin-offs while the original storyline continues.

I have a feeling a change of scene and only a tenuous link to the original film will do wonders for the series and get it back to being more than just the same old scares.

Jon Lyus

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