Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones

The Marked Ones plods along amiably enough, feeling like a bit of a crossover with both End of Watch and Chronicle, but then kicks into high gear during the climax. This is where the film really starts to tie together the threads left dangling from the previous entries.
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Paranormal Activity 4

We also get some videophone call footage and, because it’s 2011, we get some scenes recorded on an iPhone. Of course, this is apparently an iPhone from the future, since it looks suspiciously like HD even when blown up to cinema screen size, but I was able to suspend disbelief nonetheless.
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V/H/S

A lot of the publicity material talks about audiences throwing up in the cinema or leaving in disgust but the gore, whilst prominent, isn’t anything that a horror buff won’t have seen before. I wouldn’t be surprised if the handheld footage was what made people feel ill, however, because I spent a good couple of minutes looking away from the screen to try and alleviate my own motion sickness.
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Chronicle

It’s as if the budget couldn’t match the filmmakers’ ambition, so we’re subjected to crappy CGI and poor digital matte paintings again and again. I appreciate that the film had a tiny budget of $15 million, but that simply means they should have been more choosy when it came to visual effects shots.
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Paranormal Activity 3

Directors Henry Joost and Ariel Shulman have a great time devising a whole new series of scares, some of which are variations on stuff we’ve seen before and some which are entirely new. The ingenuity on show is brilliant, and it manages to make subtle changes to the formula that work rather well.
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