Few who worked on — and the few who bought tickets for — "Paranormal Activity 4" were pleased with the outcome.
Although the film performed fair enough in overseas markets, 2012's installment in the horror franchise was by far the worst-reviewed in the series and grossed the least in domestic theaters, just half of what "Paranormal Activity 3" took in.
So the creators of the supernatural thrillers decided to sit out 2013 entirely and shake things up, taking the found-footage films into an entirely different dirección.
The resulting work, "Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones," is a Latino-themed story that ditches any number of "Paranormal Activity" staples, taking the characters out of WASPy suburbia and not only into a working-class barrio but also a new narrative realm. Unlike earlier films in the cycle, "The Marked Ones," opening Friday, is less a tale of a haunted house than of demonic possession, laced with more humor, visual effects and gunplay than any of the preceding films.