Let’s be quite, quite honest. Paranormal Activity’s long outstayed it’s welcome.

The first film, released in 2007, was a refreshing, if not familiar take on found-footage horror flick, which received a notable 83% on Rotten Tomatoes and took in over $200 mil at the box office. In comparison, the three that followed received lukewarm to downright damning critical responses. The fourth instalment of the series, Paranormal Activity 4, received only a 25% approval rating on RT.

But the considerable box office results the series have grossed so far appear to beincentive for Paramount Pictures to fund a fifth flick.

(Hokily) titled Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones, the 1:42 minute trailer shows partygoers creeping into an apartment downstairs with a camera, after learning of it’s occupants death. Jesse, who receives unidentified bite marks presumably because of his adventuring, later begins to display supernatural strength and questionable mutations.

“This is not a gift,” the trailer warns. “This is not an accident.” Returning to the original material, it’s revealed that Jesse’s been chosen as a host for demons similar to those that possessed Kristi and Katie. There’s footage of blank-eyed girls. The requisite exorcism. Further puppets. Angel imagery.

All in all, there’s little that new. But for the already converted, it ought to be quite a treat.

See the trailer below:

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Viv Mah's quite likely far too invested in theatre, film and TV. Currently she studies Journalism at RMIT and has also written for Signal Express, Australian Stage Online, Buzzcuts and Battle Royale with Cheese. She also has a terrible penchant for overanalysis and waxing poetic about cool one-liners.