PARANORMAL ACTIVITY: THE MARKED ONES (Paramount, 2014) D: Christopher Landon, w/ Andrew Jacobs, Jorge Diaz. Rating: NNN; Blu-ray package: NN Rating: NNN
The extended version has more scenes of ordinary life than are strictly necessary to establish motivations and advance the plot, but they're the best part of Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones.
The characters are Mexican-Americans living in a small apartment in a SoCal barrio. This differentiates the family dynamics from those of WASP suburbia so common in horror fare and changes their responses to the supernatural incursions that gradually take demonic possession of brand new high school graduate Jesse (Andrew Jacobs).
The found-footage gimmick stays in place and is still effective, partly because it's no longer a shakycam. Now we can see the big moments clearly, if briefly. They're well done but don't start up until late in the show.
Competent naturalistic performances by Jacobs, Jorge Diaz, Jesse's best friend, Gabrielle Walsh, his sister, and Renee Victor, his grandmother, add to the believability.
There's a bit of fun in the deleted scenes, but nothing you need to complete the movie.
EXTRAS Theatrical and extended cuts, deleted scenes. English, French, Spanish, Portuguese audio and subtitles.