For some, the best parts of the Paranormal Activity franchise are the tension and scares. For others, it’s the mythology and mystery that deepens with every film. The latest entry, Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones, has all those elements. It marks the first film in the franchise to go strictly handheld and really play with spaces outside of the house. Then it ends on an event so shocking, fans will be discussing it for a long time.
The architect behind it all is Christopher Landon. He wrote the second, third and fourth films before writing and directing The Marked Ones, which tells the spin-off story of a recent high school graduate who is possessed by a demon. In our interview, we talked about the decision to change the aesthetic of the franchise, how the editor plays into an overall consistency, potential comparisons to the film Chronicle, and more.
But most importantly, Landon broke down every story strand potentially changed by the shocking ending and told us whether they would be important, or not, in the upcoming movies. Read the full interview below. Read More »
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When Oren Peli released the first Paranormal Activity in 2007, no one would’ve guessed seven years later, we’d still be talking about it. But here we are in 2014, and the fifth film in the franchise, Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones, is now in theaters. Though the main storyline for this film is separate from the thread of the first four, the series’ overall mythology is expanded and changed significantly near the end, which is likely to leave audiences guessing as to what’s coming next.
What’s coming next is Paranormal Activity 5, in October. While the writer and director of The Marked Ones, Christopher Landon, wouldn’t quite comment on what’ll happen in that film, he did reveal that he, Peli, and producer Jason Blum (among others) have come up with an ultimate ending to the franchise. However, it’s more than one movie away and they might not get there. Read More »
Posted on Friday, January 3rd, 2014 by Angie Han
In truth, there wasn’t really anywhere for the Paranormal Activity franchise to go but up after 2012’s abysmal fourth installment. Even so, it’s a relief to report that Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones is a springy step up on every level. The spinoff functions exactly as a spinoff should, offering enough of the same-old to satisfy longtime fans while introducing enough new elements to keep the concepts feeling fresh and original.
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Here’s the Swedish trailer for the Latino-themed Paranormal Activity spinoff, Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones. The film looks a bit like the Paranormal franchise crossed with Chronicle, as a kid looking through the belongings of a recently murdered woman finds himself “marked” and subsequently possessed of inexplicable powers. But that’s only the beginning of his predicament, and things don’t go so well for the guy. Read More »
There’s no sequel to Paranormal Activity this year, but just as the new year turns there will be The Marked Ones. Directed by Christopher Landon (who co-wrote Paranormal Activity 2-4) this is the “Latino-themed” spin-off we’ve heard about. It has some black magic, some super powers via possession, and some good old fashioned street intimidation. Check out a trailer below. Read More »
Lots of news on the Paranormal Activity front over the past few days, just in time to remind fans there won’t be a new movie this year. First up was the news Almanac writers Jason Pagan and Andrew Deutschman will write the fifth installment of the franchise, set for release October 14, 2014. Next up, they got a boss. Greg Plotkin, editor and co-producer of the last three installments as well as the upcoming spin-off, Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones, will helm Paranormal Activity 5.
Speaking of Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones, which will be out January 3, that film’s director Christopher Landon (who wrote Paranormal Activity 2-4) will leave the franchise for a new Paramount horror film simply called Scouts vs. Zombies. Read More »
Briefly: Paramount and Blumhouse Productions have been very happily cranking out a new Paranormal Activity film each year since the first became a smash hit in 2009. But the fifth film won’t hit this October. It was pushed back not long ago, and we know now that Paranormal Activity 5 will open (as expected, more or less) on October 14, 2014. There are no announced writers or directors for the film at this point.
But there’s another dose of supernatural found-footage horror coming before that October ’14 date. STYD reports that the first spin-off from the series, aimed at the Latino audience and called Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones, will be one of the first films out of the gate next year. Release is planned for January 3 2014. Paranormal Activity 2-4 writer Christopher Landon directed the film, and this confirms the expected January release date.
We don’t know what the story of The Marked Ones will be at this point. We understand that it is set in the same general world as the other films, but don’t know if it relates directly to the story established in the first four core films in the series.
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Here’s a quick update on Tuesday’s Paranormal Activity news. Yes, there was a Paranormal Activity film scheduled for release this year and yes, it has now been moved to January 4, 2014. That film was not Paranormal Activity 5, however. It’s the still-untitled Latino centric Paranormal Activity spin-off, which exists in the same world but is mostly unrelated. That film was directed by Paranormal Activity 2-4 writer Christopher Landon.
As for a fifth film in the main franchise, producers have yet to come up with a satisfactory idea yet, so there’s no script or director. All signs point to Paranormal Activity 2-4 editor Greg Plotkin as the man for the job, though. There’s no release date set, but October 2014 seems likely. [The Wrap]