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 Ones. The 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.
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.