Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones is an upcoming 2014 American supernatural horror film written and directed by Christopher B. Landon. It will be released on January 3, 2014 in U.S. theaters. It is a spinoff of the Paranormal Activity horror movie franchise. It is also Landon's second directorial effort, after Burning Palms, and the first to be shot in found footage style, a style used throughout the Paranormal Activity movie series.
The film was announced back in April 2012, and was first teased in the post-credits scene of Paranormal Activity 4, which the scene could only be seen in theaters. Though the film will cater to the Latino market, it will not be in Spanish. Christopher B. Landon, who wrote the screenplay for 2007's Disturbia as well as the three Paranormal Activity sequels was announced to write and direct the project, which is being described as a "cousin" to the series as opposed to a straight sequel, prequel or reboot.
The film stars Andrew Jacobs, Richard Cabral, Carlos Pratts, Gabrielle Walsh, Jorge Díaz, Catherine Toribio, Noemí González and David Saucedo. The story begins in June 2012, at a party in Oxnard, California. After a woman dies in the apartment beneath the party, some partygoers take their camera to investigate. They discover items associated with black magic rituals, even the missing tapes from Paranormal Activity 3. When Jesse, the film's lead protagonist, discovers an inhuman bite mark on his arm, strange forces pursue him while Jesse's loved ones attempt to save him.
This is a feature film with a predominately Latino cast speaking English from a major U.S. motion picture studio (Paramount Pictures). Paramount Pictures is capitalizing on the fact that Hispanics in 2012 accounted for 25% of the movie tickets sold in the U.S. In addition, Latinos have recently flocked to films in the horror, action and comedy genres. Kudos to Paramount for taking steps to cater to Latino audiences.
To read Dyana Ortelli's review of the film (when she saw it at a special screening) in Latin Heat, click here.
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