PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 2 Review
Paranormal Activity 2 – You’ve all probably heard of a little film called Paranormal Activity. The low budget, “found footage” film went on to make huge amounts of money last year when America “demanded” that it be brought to theaters.
Yesterday its sequel, PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 2, was released nation wide in theaters. It followed the same formula as the original, but this time, instead of haunting one solitary person, we’re shown a family of 4.
We discover early on that this isn’t a sequel to the first film when Katie (Katie Featherston) herself appears at the family’s house – instead we learn that we’re in store for the events that lead up to Paranormal Activity.
The film follows Katie’s sister, Kristi (Sprague Grayden), who has the perfect upper class suburban family, with a teenage stepdaughter (Molly Ephraim), a perfectly harmless husband (Brian Boland), a faithful German shepherd, and a new baby named Hunter.
The opening few sequences are shot strictly on a hand held, until the house is robbed and the family decides to install security cameras around their property. Of course, strange things begin to happen, and away we go.
Paranormal Activity 2 was good. Not great, not fantastic, and certainly didn’t scare me the way that Paranormal Activity did. In fact there were several times during the film where I was WAITING for something to happen, and not in scared anticipation. I was waiting out of boredom.
It was slow, but the scares that did happen were HUGE. And the scene where I jumped the most came out of NOWHERE, and several people with me screamed RIGHT out loud. It was awesome!
There were a few parts that were HIGHLY difficult for me to watch, because I was BEYOND tense that something was going to happen to Hunter. And knowing the scares from the first film, the scenes when nothing happened were nerve wracking because I was WAITING for something to happen. The tense anticipation is when I was really scared; what your mind makes up is far more scary than what was shown in the film.
If you’re a fan of Paranormal Activity, you’ll love the way that this film ties into its original. There were several references that made me want to revisit the first film right when I got home.
In other news: I found PA2 to be much better for those of us suffering from motion sickness. I’m pleased to report that since most of the footage is shot on the security cameras, there is minimal room for getting sick.
All in all, Paranormal Activity 2 was a great movie for some good scares, but for me, did not surpass the original. I don’t want to say much more for fear of spoiling the movie for those of you that haven’t seen it, but feel free to follow me on twitter, drop me an email, comment on this post etc. and we’ll discuss!
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