The Nightmare has an intriguing subject matter, sleep paralysis, and an interesting focus on exploring it. Speaking only to those who experience these terrifying nightmares the film recreates them with varying effects. The film illustrates the detrimental effects of this condition on its subjects but never connects with them nor the issues they face.
The film is more than just a Paranormal Activity spin off, it not only buries itself deep within the franchise's mythos, it injects the series with a sense of humor and a boost of fun and horror. The leads are engaging providing the film with an entertaining cast for a change. Miles above the previous entry and on par with the best the Paranormal films have had to offer thus far, The Marked Ones is a tiny gem of a film. Goofy, scary, wonderful fun. A great start to 2014.