04 Jan The Script Lab Review – Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones
Stylistically, found footage cinematography has almost become as synonymous with contemporary horror as zombies and torture porn. One of the genre’s biggest beneficiaries post-Blair Witch Projectwas 2009’s Paranormal Activity. Eventually becoming one of the most profitable films ever, it spawned three sequels normally released around Halloween. Subsequent follow-ups became successful enough to go blow-for-blow against then yearly fright-flick champion Saw. Like many horror sequels however, quality and creativity suffered with each installment. Missing last year’s Halloween season, the series makes a surprisingly fresh return in Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones. More of an offshoot than sequel, numerous clever touches sufficiently reinvigorate a series many simply abandoned due to staleness.