Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones is making its way to Blu-ray/DVD and VOD on April 8th from Paramount Home Media Distribution. It will hit digital three weeks earlier on March 18th. In anticipation of this release, we have an exclusive deleted scene to share with you.
This latest entry expands on the world created by the phenomenal horror franchise with an intense tale of black magic, superstition and possession set in a gritty urban environment.
Gregory Plotkin is gearing up to shoot Paranormal Activity 5 next month here in Los Angeles. The next chapter in the series is arriving in time for the Halloween 2014 season when it opens October 24th. On writing duties they have Jason Pagan and Andrew Stark. To date, very few details have been revealed about which direction they’re going in story-wise.
Today, Moviehole landed some information regarding the characters we’ll see in Paranormal Activity 5 – looks like they landed some casting breakdowns…
The Paranormal Activity franchise has always tried to create an air of mystery. You know nothing about the plot going in. There’s never an opening studio logo and each film gives the impression like you’re watching something classified. That’s changed a bit with Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones, the first film in the series to actually open with the Paramount logo. Some of the players involved have also been offered up for interviews – which usually doesn’t happen – and we leapt at the chance to speak with Christopher Landon, who serves as writer-director on The Marked Ones.
He has also been part of the series since Paranormal Activity 2, helping shape the franchise’s mythology.
We first spoke to Landon during the press tour for Disturbia, which he penned, and he proved to be an excited and avid fan of horror. Inside, Landon chats with us about how he became involved in the series, how a test screening for Paranormal Activity 3 paved the way for The Marked Ones, how there is an end game in place for the series, where he’s at with Boy Scouts vs. Zombies and he talks about a proposed Christine remake that never came to fruition.
Taking into account a massive East Coast snow storm and a Disney animated blockbuster, Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones didn’t do too shabby at the box office its opening weekend.
The spin-off opened at number two, grossing an estimated $18.2 million. It’s the first in the franchise to not open at number one during its three-day debut. The fifth film in the series is also the first to open in January; all of the other entries enjoyed their success in October and have opened to higher numbers.
With the exception of the first Paranormal Activity, I’ve seen each sequel in the franchise only once. The reason being? I’ve said this elsewhere, but I always thought they were decent “one time” experiences with a formula that pushes the right buttons of creaking doors, crashing pans and thumping to get you jumping out of your seat. They’re films that prey on the primal fears of its audience; beyond that, not much to chew on in repeat viewings once you know what’s coming.
The arrival of The Marked Ones had me go back recently and revisit the first four films, however, in an effort to get ahead of this new chapter and see if there were any clues flashing in neon with a giant arrow pointing to “a Latino-themed spin-off is what this franchise needs!”
January is not usually known as a month for quality theatrical horror films. For years, it has been known as a last resort dumping ground for studio movies. Paramount and the Blumhouse Productions team turn that around with Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones, opening January 3rd, which you could call a spin-off (which doesn’t necessarily mean it will break from the canon) or “sidequel” – a term I called Saw IV many years ago when its true nature was revealed.
The industry background talk on this entry was that it was made to play to the demographic that was coming out in droves to the previous Paranormal Activity films: The Latino audience. That hardly matters because what we have on our hands is a spookshow that is well-made within the formula we’ve come to expect from the Paranormal Activity universe.
On January 3rd, Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones makes its debut, bringing you deeper into the Paranormal Activity mythology and delivering all-new frights. Today, we have an exclusive promo to share with you entitled “Prayer.” This piece is part of a larger teaser “Scream in the New Year” campaign that you can catch up with on the film’s Facebook and Twitter pages.
Christopher Landon writes and directs and, today, we have the first clip to share. Richard Cabral, Carlos Pratts, Eddie J. Fernandez, Jorge Diaz, David Fernandez Jr., Kimberly Ables Jindra, Tonja Kahlens and Frank Salinas star. Check out the teaser here and sift through our photo gallery!
Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones is kicking up its awareness with nearly a clip or teaser every day this week and today is no different. From MTV, we have a teaser spot called “Elf on the Shelf” which uses those creepy stuffed elves as its inspiration. I assure you, there is no elf on the shelf in the final film though. Cute spot, though.