I have to admit The Marked Ones is the first film in the franchise that I have seen. As the fifth installment I realize I am pretty late to the party, but I think this allowed me to enjoy the spinoff more than seasoned PA viewers. I have nothing to compare it too except other found footage horror movies like Blair Witch (obviously a better film).
The Marked Ones was just a fun movie for me. A horror popcorn flick (if that even exists) I really enjoyed watching because of the comedy and due to interesting street gang interactions with witches and possession. Seeing high profile gang members take their machine guns and shotguns to attack paranormal activity isn’t a normal occurrence. In addition, seeing a classic color memory game used to speak to another realm had some of the best moments in the film.
With a $5 million budget and almost $80 million in revenue, I think The Marked Ones isn’t even close to the last installment in the series. Especially when it actually may be worth spending $3 at a movie house that plays movies that have been in theaters for awhile.
Overall, the film is nothing more than average January fair for horror fans to enjoy while award season movies light up indie theaters and multiplexes everywhere. I can’t speak for its quality compared to previous installments, but it is worth going to see it with someone if you want to playfully cower in fear.
By: Jonny Havey | Editor-in-Chief