Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones Tuesday, 07 July 2020

Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    MA15+: Strong coarse language and supernatural themes.

  • The pitch:

    Finds the mark.

  • Starring:

    Andrew Jacobs, Jorge Diaz, Gabrielle Walsh, Renee Victor, Noemi Gonzalez, David Saucedo, Gloria Sandoval, Richard Cabral, Carlos Pratts

  • Directed by:

    Christopher Landon

  • Running time:

    84 minutes

  • Rated:

    MA15+ (Australia), 15 (UK), R (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    People are shot, punched, kicked, grabbed, choked, hit with objects, thrown through the air, beaten, hung upside-down, tormented, threatened, pushed. Suicide (jumping), property damage, explosion, vehicle collision. Committing suicide discussed. An animal is tormented. Attempted mugging, a youth is chased by a bully. Killing mentioned. Screaming, yelling, growling, snarling, scratching noises. Murdered couple, kidnapped child mentioned (newspaper headline). Blood/gore: Corpses, body bag. Blood splatter, blood on objects, bloody knee, bloody elbow. Bite mark. Objects extracted from eye. Decapitated head.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    A teen couple commence foreplay. Kissing, undressing. Fully nude females. Girl in bra, cleavage. Whorehouse mentioned. Erection references. Drawings of nude woman, male genitals.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Youths smoke a drug bong. Alcohol (beer, spirits, shots). Intoxication, underage drinking. Smoking.

  • LANGUAGE:

    F-words, s-words, a-words. Name-calling. Religious references and exclamations. Obscene finger gesture.

  • THEMES:

    Possession, shamanism, satanic symbols, witches, covens, black magic, rituals, the occult, practical jokes, protection, superhuman strength, missing persons, self-control, snooping, thugs, underage drinking, graduation, found footage.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Fortune-telling/seance, levitation. Mysterious noises, reflections. Movement beneath skin, skull/skeleton motifs. Dog. Firecracker. Farting. Some Spanish language (no subtitles). Jumpy edits, jittery camerawork.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Un-cynical, straightforward, humorous. Fresh cast, better humour, viable scares, improved character development, good rapport between leads, authentic use of Latino slang and cultural references, unexpected conclusion, some clever camera placement, strong first half.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Convoluted, implausible, familiar, misogynist, unoriginal, overcooked, perfunctory, dull. Tired concept, mediocre scares, relies heavily on tropes.

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