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Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones

Published in P
Monday, 13 January 2014 04:45
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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)


    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.


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


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


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


    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.


    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.


    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.


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