‘Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones’ Trailer: New Characters, Same Found Footage Hijinks

Published 1 year ago by , Updated March 8th, 2014 at 4:54 pm,

Though horror movie fans won’t be getting their usual dose of Paranormal Activity this year, they’ve been treated to a handful of trailers over the past couple months to get them amped for the January release of Paranormal Activity: The Marked OnesThe Marked Ones – initially set to premiere in spring 2013 – was delayed until the beginning of next year, while Paranormal Activity 5 – originally set for the traditional Halloween release – was pushed back a full year, making 2013 the first year since 2009 without one of the films.

A second international trailer of The Marked Ones was released today, introducing about 40 seconds of additional (and not exactly revelatory) footage to the trailer released on October 23rd. You can watch it above.

In it, we see some preamble to the death of the neighbor, as well as few more frames of the big black magic reveal. Oddly, at about the :57 mark, while the kids are rummaging through the neighbor’s apartment, text comes up reading “THIS YEAR,” with Swedish subtitles reading “DEN 3 JANUARI.” In the previous trailers, the main text always read “THIS JANUARY,” so unless Paramount is planning a surprise release before the new year, we can probably assume this is a marketing flub.

paranormal activity marked ones poster Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones Trailer: New Characters, Same Found Footage Hijinks

News that the franchise would branch off into spin-off territory was announced prior to the release of the fourth film, when fans were told to keep an eye out for a post-credits scene that would briefly set up The Marked Ones. Written and directed by Christopher Landon (screenwriter of Paranormal Activity 2-4), The Marked Ones features a Latino cast of unknowns and focuses more on Latin-Catholic side of the supernatural, leaving us to wonder how exactly the story will fit into the already established continuity.

Judging from the trailers, the Latino spin seems to be the main thing setting it apart from the previous films. Each movie provided new backstory to the saga of Katie and her family, but the scare tactics have remained largely the same, barring a few thrills the filmmakers throw in to try to keep them from becoming too static. Fans of the series aren’t blind to this methodology – in addition to the fourth movie’s lower overall box office take, it also saw the least profitable opening weekend of the sequels.

Then again, with Landon directing as well as writing, it’s possible he’ll be able to freshen things up. We’ll just have to wait to see for ourselves.

Do you think The Marked Ones could breathe new life into the franchise or should they have let it rest after one of the earlier movies? Let us know in the comments.


Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones will hit theaters January 3rd, 2014.

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  1. Looks like they have taken a piece of Paranormal Activity, Chronicle and Rec, forced them through a movie mincer, removed the waste and formed a nasty gristly morsel for the audiences pleasure, thanks Paramount but no thanks.

  2. I wasn’t a big fan of paranormal activity, but they were decent not bad. But this actually looks good, something different not the same ole tired story.

    • Yep, if you’ve never seen any other ghost/demon found footage movie.

      Otherwise, I’ll watch when it’s on TV but I won’t hold my expectations too high.

  3. Well the problem here is that your skull’s forehead is missing the Elder Wand, you see.

  4. looks like they showed the entire movie in this trailer smh…

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  7. Great movie! Lots of laughs and scares. I enjoyed the new take on the film franchise. This film doesn’t contain much filming of people sleeping which was really refreshing. Cant wait for the next film!
    i have seen this movie, lest wacth guys….

  8. Must have been a smash!! Released in January 2014 and I have never even heard of it. Supposed to be released in 2013, never even heard of it. Probably because other than number one, the rest of them were crap. The old “shaky camera” fake real life BS has had it’s day. If you want to be a rich and famous filmmaker, try spending more than 20 bucks, using a 200 dollar handycam and paying your actors in Big Macs and Whoppers. I do not know about all the other moviegoers who are going to other movies, but I am not wasting 30 bucks on any more of these shaky cam garbage movies.