‘Paranormal Activity: Marked Ones’ Ending & Connections Explained

Published 1 year ago by , Updated January 6th, 2014 at 7:16 am,

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[WARNING – Major SPOILERS for the Paranormal Activity Franchise Follow!!!!]


Another Paranormal Activity movie is now in theaters (read our review) – which means that it is once again time to sift through the franchise’s sordid mythology to see if we can’t get a firm grip on what the hell is going on.

Due to the nature of the found-footage sub-genre, explanations and informative resolution are almost impossible to come by, as films presented from found-footage POV almost always come to the truncated end of that last victim dropping the camera during their final moments of panic. Audiences are then left to comb through expositional and visual clues presented throughout the film, in order to fuel their theories about what it all means.

As you can see in the video below, we’ve already done extensive documentation of the mythos established in Paranormal Activity 1 -3, and PA4 gave us more questions than answers, so how does The Marked Ones fit into all this? We’ll explain.


Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones - Ending Explained

Dubbed as a “spinoff” of sorts, The Marked Ones follows Latin teenagers Jesse (Andrew Jacobs) and Hector (Jorge Diaz) as they explore the mystery of Jesse’s neighbor Anna (Gloria Sandoval), who they discover is an evil witch. Anna’s witchcraft is in pagan rituals involving pregnant women, whose offspring (upon reaching maturity) are linked to a demonic force that eventually possesses them. Despite the best efforts of Hector, his cousin Marisol (Gabrielle Walsh) and some pissed-off gangsters, Jesse ends up under demonic thrall and his friends all meet grisly ends.

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Here’s where it gets especially weird: there’s time travel involved.

Before we get to that, lets just be clear: PA 2 – 4 writer Christopher Landon uses The Marked Ones as a gateway (no pun) to blow the Paranormal Activity franchise wide open into an entire shared universe (the game plan of most film studios, nowadays). This is no longer just the story of Katie, Kristi and their family’s history with a demon named “Toby”; the revelations of The Marked Ones (specifically the investigative evidence collected by the doomed Oscar) show that Katie and Kristi’s story is just a small part of a much larger campaign of demonic conquest, being spearheaded by a coven of evil witches.

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PA4 – The Witch Army

It goes like this: The witches perform spells on pregnant women (who come to them as bargains and/or unwitting victims – the specifics are unclear); the women give birth; and upon reaching maturity, their first male children are “marked” for possession, and are eventually possessed in full. Such deals have been made all over the world, with multiple young men having up and vanished after grisly murders, presumably having been converted into demonic form for some yet unknown purpose.

In the case of Katie and Kristi: their family took an awfully long time to produce a male heir (Hunter in PA2), but their grandmother Lois (who is part of the witch coven) “marked” them as “demon brides” when they were children (seen in PA3), making it inevitable that the demon would one day come to collect the offspring he had been promised (Hunter). The demon tried to do this directly by attacking Kristi and her family (in PA2), but the Rey family threw a monkey-wrench into the plan by transferring the demonic force to Katie.

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Paranormal Activity 2 – Demon Katie nabs Hunter

Katie was then “marked” by the demon’s bite (in PA1 - see here) and eventually got possessed so that she could carry out the mission to collect Hunter, and disappear with him. Hunter was eventually adopted by another family and renamed, but soon Katie and another mysterious “adopted” boy came calling (in PA4). Hunter’s adoptive family was killed, and last we saw, Hunter (now seemingly possessed) is left in the care of an army of demonic witch women.

SHORT VERSION: A demon is building an army, and he’s using his loyal witch servants to do it by putting spells on pregnant women all over the world.


NEXT PAGE: Time-Travel & More Easter Eggs


Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones is now in theaters.

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  1. This is just something I noticed but right before marisol falls down a persin appears sitting on the chair under the sheet, possibly Toby.

  2. The woman in the stalls isn’t the same actress that plays Alex. The witches seem to regularly pick women for the purpose of marking them for their first born so the stall lady could be any random woman. The woman in Anna’s apartment looked like she was in a trance so they probably don’t remember their time with the witches and go about their lives with no idea of their sons future.

    Katie didn’t turn off the camera. By that time she’s probably on her way up the stairs with Micahs body. Could be Lois but the director said it was a random witch. We will never know unless it has to be adressed and I doubt it will be. Not sure why people are arguing about who turned off the cam. We should all realize that anyone associated with the movie will never give a clear answers because it may effect their plot options in the future.

    • I thought that the women who were chosen to have marked sons always died while giving birth to the marked sons?

  3. What I wanna see is the start of the forces of good gathering. If the Devil exists, so does God, right? (someone call Dean and Sam Winchester, lol!- ehm, anyway)Another thing which has been bugging me, how real is this coven? Is there really a coven of “midwives”? Are they really represented by that symbol? That symbol which looks a lot like the Deathly Hallows symbol (harry potter)? Or is it just fake?

    • That’s precisely what I’ve
      been thinking since PA3.
      Once you’ve got the good
      versus evil dynamic working,
      then ya’ got yourself something

  4. When Jessie and Hector were at the market the camera panned over a crying baby boy and was probably forshadowing for the next movie like they did with the Spanish newspapers with katie

  5. Anyone else notice that it never explained why Anna’s fridge was chained up? Guessing it too was a portal and that we’ll be re-visiting Anna’s place in the new installment,. Whenever that may be.

  6. So I have a question no one that I’ve seen has addressed. We know where the time traveling door takes you but how does one know where he or she is going. Is it random? Does the door pick? A demonic/ supernatural force? Or can anyone manipulate where and when the door will take you. Obviously this question probably can’t be answered as of now but it is definitely something to think about.

    • I assumed that the door led Hector and Jesse to Katie’s house because a Witch (the Witch that turns off the camera) had just used the door to go back in time to kickstart Katie’s murder spree and abduction of Hunter.

      I guess I believe the Witches can choose what time/ place they travel to, provided that it is unholy, and Katie and Micah’s house just happened to be the last time/ place that it had been set to lead to.

  7. Lets recap all the unanswered questions we’ve received so far.
    - Who is Robbie? Why is he involved?
    - Why was Hunter (Wyatt) adopted?
    - Why does Robbie travel with a 100 year old fork ?
    - Where is Alex? (Girl from PA4)
    - We saw Alex’ mom behind a horse cage in “The Marked Ones” asking for help at Lois’ house.
    - If an evil army is being built is Ali Rey building a good army?

    Hopefully all of this and more gets answered.

    When the hell is PA5 releasing!?!?!?

    • There’s an article that explains Robbie, his weird fork, and what happened to Alex. It also briefly discusses why Hunter was adopted. Here’s the article http://www.mtv.com/news/1695917/paranormal-activity-4-ending/

      As for Alex’s mom in the stalls in The Marked Ones, I doubt it. In PA4, Katie kills her almost like the way she killed Micah in PA1 and Kristi in PA2. Just by throwing her.

      Also, Ali might know a lot but I doubt they have a “good” army. Unless it’s priests or other holy people. That’d be interesting though.

  8. Just to make this clear…

    Alex is dead, her mom is dead, and despite what Micah said in the first pa, you see Katie and kristi’s mom, Julie, dead at the top of the stairs before she’s hurled at Dennis, the girl at the stables is a random woman, it is not Katie, Alex, or Julie turning off the camera at the end of tmo, it’s Lois,just pause the movie at that part and look at the face upside down of you have to. And yeah, let’s stop getting hector confused with Oscar, Oscar dies relatively early in the movie. I think some of you are looking too far into the whole time travel aspect of tmo, and not really paying attention to the entire pa franchise.