We exit two months of Hollywood’s best and step into the literal hell that is January at the movies: a dumping ground for near-unreleasable studio crap, the occasional smart counter-programming move and films that wildly missed the mark in terms of competing in Awards season.
Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones: The fifth installment in Paramount’s insanely successful franchise (755.3 million worldwide gross from a total franchise production cost of just 18 million!) is mostly notable for it’s all-Latino cast, a true rarity in studio releases. While I applaud this obvious, marketing-driven decision: it sounds like the film itself is a stinker.
Personal interest factor: 1. Although I’m sure I’d be a devotee of the series if it had arrived twenty years earlier.
Here Comes the Devil (Ahi viene el diablo): Possessed children tale from Mexico. Literal translation is “Hot plate of the Devil”. Looks cheap and terrible, like most Magnet Releasing pick-ups.
Personal interest factor: 1