PARANORMAL ACTIVITY: THE MARKED ONES Blu-ray Review

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Attempting to piggyback on the success of the Paranormal Activity franchise, Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones looked to expand on the universe presented in the previous films, this time targeting the rapidly growing Latino demographic.  Using a cast comprised primarily of Latino actors and presenting cultural beliefs that resonate within that community, The Marked Ones succeeded in putting a twist to a franchise that was becoming a bit repetitive in terms of storytelling.  At first glance, the film presents a different world than what we’re used to but it’s not until you’re deeper into the story and more revelations come to light, that everything begins to unravel.  It ultimately ties in nicely to the original.  Hit the jump to read my Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones Blu-ray review.

Jorge Diaz, Andrew Jacobs and Gabrielle Walsh Talk PARANORMAL ACTIVITY: THE MARKED ONES, Deleted Scenes, Alternate Endings and More

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With the Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones now in theaters, a few days ago I landed a video interview with the three stars of the movie, Jorge Diaz, Andrew Jacobs and Gabrielle Walsh.  They talked about the mysterious casting process, how much the script changed during production, how they were able to improvise a lot of the dialogue, deleted scenes, an alternate ending, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Weekend Box Office: FROZEN Claims Top Spot over a Wintry Weekend, PARANORMAL ACTIVITY: THE MARKED ONES Debuts at Number Two

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For a moment, it looked as if this week’s only wide-release debut, Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones, would be winning 2014′s first weekend box office.  Not so fast.  Disney’s animated feature Frozen took advantage of a wintry weekend to reclaim the top spot well over a month after its release.  Other 2013 blockbuster holdovers The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire are still going strong, with the year’s end releases filling out the rest of the list.

While it sets a debut-weekend box office low for the Paranormal Activity franchise, the spin-off still managed to bring in over $18 million on a reported budget of only $5 million, and without a Halloween release date to boost sales.  As a financial polar opposite, the Universal write-down 47 Ronin has fallen out of the top ten after another dismal showing.  Here’s the top ten films from this weekend’s box office:

Title  Weekend Total
1.  Frozen $20,722,000 $297.8
2.  Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones $18,200,000 $18.2
3.  The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug $16,250,000 $229.6
4.  The Wolf of Wall Street $13,400,000 $63.3
5.  American Hustle $13,200,000 $88.7
6.  Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues $11,100,000 $109.2
7.  Saving Mr. Banks $9,057,000 $59.3
8.  The Secret Life of Walter Mitty $8,200,000 $45.7
9.  The Hunger Games: Catching Fire $7,400,000 $407.5
10.  Grudge Match $5,410,000 $25.0

Friday Box Office: PARANORMAL ACTIVITY: THE MARKED ONES Debuts at Top Spot, FROZEN Holds at Number Two, HOBBIT Holds off WOLF and HUSTLE

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While it remains to be seen whether or not the spin-off Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones can match other opening weekend totals in the horror franchise, Friday’s box office indicates that it should at least win this weekend’s top spot.  No real surprise considering that it’s the only new debut to open in wide release on 2014′s first weekend.  What would be surprising is a possible sub-$20 million debut for the horror installment, which is notable since the series’ previous installment, Paranormal Activity 4, set a franchise low at $29 million.  Inclement winter weather may have played a factor, along with the timing of The Marked Ones‘ release date; all of the previous films were released near Halloween.  We’ll see if the franchise is still a lucrative one when Paranormal Activity 5 debuts October 24th of this year.  Here’s a look at the other top spots for Friday’s box office:

Title Friday Total
1.  Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones $8,700,000 $8.7
2.  Frozen $6,750,000 $283.9
3.  The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug $5,120,000 $218.5
4.  The Wolf of Wall Street $4,314,000 $54.2
5.  American Hustle $4,165,000 $79.7

New Clip from PARANORMAL ACTIVITY: THE MARKED ONES

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Paramount has released a clip from the upcoming horror film, Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones.  I’ve never seen any of the movies, so I don’t know how this fits into the mythos, but it appears to be the same kind of found-footage horror that drew fans to the series.  According to Yahoo! Movies, this spinoff adds a bit of a new twist by incorporating footage from the protagonist’s POV.  In this clip, he learns not to go in the basement because nothing good ever happens in basements.  Ever.

Hit the jump to check out the clip.  Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones opens on Thursday.  The main Paranormal Activity storyline, Paranormal Activity 5, opens October 24, 2014.

Orlando Readers: See PARANORMAL ACTIVITY: THE MARKED ONES Early

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On Friday, December 13th, thirteen cities will get to see Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones early and free by way of advanced screenings across the country.  We here at Collider are happy to announce that Orlando, Florida is one such city, and we’ll be giving away VIP tickets to some lucky readers in the Orlando area to attend the event.  Hit the jump to find out how you can win tickets to this Orlando screening of the film, and visit ParanormalActivity.com for more information on how to attend an early screening if you live outside Orlando.  Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones opens in theaters on January 3, 2014.

PARANORMAL ACTIVITY: THE MARKED ONES Viral Teaser Asks “Will You Be First?”

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While the Paranormal Activity franchise did not field a film in 2013, the Latino-oriented spin-off Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones will make up for the deficit by being the first of two installments in the horror series playing next year.  A new viral teaser has launched with the goal of reminding you that the film is opening in a month and that you can answer the question “Will You Be First?” starting this Friday, December 6th.

The movie stars Richard Cabral, Carlos Pratts, Eddie J. Fernandez, Jorge Diaz, David Fernandez Jr., Kimberly Ables Jindra, Tonja Kahlens, and Frank Salinas.  Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones opens January 3, 2014.  Hit the jump to watch the teaser.

Trailer for PARANORMAL ACTIVITY: THE MARKED ONES

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Paramount has released the trailer for Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones.  The latest film is a break with the previous entries in two ways.  First, it’s the only Paranormal Activity to be released outside of October.  It’s also the first one to feature Latino characters.  While I haven’t seen any of the movies, I have watched all the trailers, and I don’t remember any of them selling the action as hard as this one.  But at its core, it looks like the same Paranormal Activity that has been a hit with audiences since 2007.  I do think this trailer shows stuff that would probably scare the bejeezus out of me if I didn’t know it was coming, but like I said, I’m not familiar enough with the films to know why they scare people so much.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer and to find out how you can get the film to come to your city early.  The movie stars Richard Cabral, Carlos Pratts, Eddie J. Fernandez, Jorge Diaz, David Fernandez Jr., Kimberly Ables Jindra, Tonja Kahlens, and Frank SalinasParanormal Activity: The Marked Ones opens January 3, 2014.

PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 5 Lands Writing Team of Jason Pagan and Andrew Deutschman, and Debut Director Gregory Plotkin

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The Paranormal Activity franchise won’t screen a new installment in 2013, but it will make up for the absence with two films next year.  While Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones spin-off is due for a January 3, 2014 debut, Paranormal Activity 5 will hit theaters in time for the Halloween market on October 24, 2014.  Screenwriters Jason Pagan and Andrew Deutschman were recently tapped to pen the new horror film; they also penned the Michael Bay-produced Almanac, which will open February 28, 2014.  In the director’s chair for PA5 will be Gregory Plotkin, who contributed as editor and co-producer on four of the franchise’s other films and will now get his shot at a feature debut. (Via Heat Vision/Deadline)

PARANORMAL ACTIVITY Films Bookend 2014 with PARANORMAL ACTIVITY: THE MARKED ONES and PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 5

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While the Paranormal Activity franchise won’t be fielding a 2013 release, they will be doubling down in 2014.  Leading off the new year will be the Latino-centric spin-off, now titled Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones, which will open on January 3, 2014.  The fifth installment in the Paranormal Activity franchise will once again occupy its lucrative Halloween spot with an October 24, 2014 release.  There is no official confirmation of reshoots pushing back the release of Paranormal Activity 5 or even an announcement of the film’s director, but the notice of the release dates come as good news to fans of the low-budget/high-grossing horror series.  Release date info comes courtesy of Exhibitor Relations.

Paramount May Delay PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 5 Until 2014

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2013 may well end up being the first year without a Paranormal Activity film since 2010′s Paranormal Activity 2 kicked off the yearly trend.  With an October 25th release date looming for Paranormal Activity 5, the folks over at The Wrap report that Paramount is considering pushing the release of the low-budget sequel to sometime in 2014 instead.  Sources tell the outlet that the film has tested with good numbers and the studio likes the director, “but they are second guessing themselves.”  It’s unclear specifically what the issue is, but the director has yet to be officially announced and we still have no idea who’s actually in the movie.  All of the previous Paranormal Activity films have been filmed relatively quickly in the months before release, but it sounds like Paramount’s luck may finally have run out.  If the studio really is considering moving the film  outside of the Halloween season, one imagines reshoots are a possibility.

Apparently the studio has its eye on a possible January release date, but further details are unknown.  Given that October is not too far away, we should hear firm word regarding Paranormal Activity 5’s fate soon.

Jason Blum Talks STRANDED, Scouting Haunted Locations and His Love for Horror, Plus PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 5, INSIDIOUS 2, AREA 51 and More

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From Jason Blum (Insidious, Sinister) and Josh Gates (Destination Truth), Stranded is the new Syfy reality series that uses the same stripped-down first-person method from Paranormal Activity to document an unconventional and terrifying paranormal and psychological experiment, in which participants are stranded at haunted location for a week and must record the entire experience themselves.  Each of the six hour-long episodes features the self-recorded footage of a group of everyday paranormal enthusiasts, combined with strategically-placed security cameras at each location.

During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, executive producer Jason Blum talked about how Stranded came about and why he thought it was a great fit for what he’d already done on the narrative side, the process of selecting the individuals and locations for the show, how he got some fun ideas for future movies while they were scouting possible haunted locations, and where his love for genre and horror started.  He also talked about how he expects Paranormal Activity 5 to go into production in middle to late Spring for an October release, why he and the film’s partners thought there was further story to be explored for Insidious 2, what made him want to collaborate with Ryan Murphy (American Horror Story, Glee) on a modern-day remake of The Town that Dreaded Sundown, that he hopes Area 51 will be released soon, and that he’s not currently juggling quite as many projects as IMDB would lead you to believe.  Check out what he had to say after the jump. 

Jason Blum Talks PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 5, INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2, THE TOWN THAT DREADED SUNDOWN, AREA 51 and More

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The new Syfy reality series Stranded, which debuted on February 27th, documents an unconventional and often terrifying paranormal and psychological experiment.  Each episode features the self-recorded footage of a diverse group of every-day paranormal enthusiasts who are left stranded at one of the most haunted locations in America and record the entire experience with hand-held cameras creating an unscripted first-hand account of their stay.

While we will share what executive producer Jason Blum had to say about the new show next week, we did want to share his updates on some of his current and upcoming feature films.  Blum told Collider that he expect Paranormal Activity 5 to go into production in middle to late Spring for an October release and that he hopes that franchise will remain ongoing, why he and the film’s partners thought there was further story to be explored for Insidious 2, what made him want to collaborate with Ryan Murphy (American Horror Story, Glee) on a modern-day remake of The Town that Dreaded Sundown and why he thinks that will appeal to audiences, that he hopes Area 51 will be released soon, and that he’s not currently juggling quite as many projects as IMDB would lead you to believe.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 5 Set for October 25th 2013 Release, STAR WARS: EPISODE II and STAR WARS: EPISODE III Scheduled for 3D Re-Releases Next Fall

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Previously mentioned today was the shelving of Independence Day 3D, a re-release that was intended to open on July 3rd of 2013. Here are some other new releases and release date shuffles:

Hit the jump for posters, synopses and more information on each film. 

Surprise! PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 5 Set for Halloween 2013 Release

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The fourth installment in the Paranormal Activity franchise literally opened in theaters three days ago, but Paramount has already given a greenlight and a Halloween 2013 release date for Paranormal Activity 5.  Though the decision isn’t exactly a shock, many expected Paramount to take a bit more time to figure out how to move forward with the series in the wake of Paranormal Activity 4’s relatively disappointing box office numbers.  The found footage horror pic scored only $30 million domestically this weekend, falling short of the opening weekend takes of PA 2 and PA 3.  Hit the jump for more.

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