Well, let me just say that Paranormal Activity 2 succeeded in scaring the pants off the audience just as the first one did. Once the film gets going, you’re on edge the entire time. Day or night. Doesn’t matter. Here’s the general plot of this sequel:
“After experiencing what they think are a series of “break-ins”, a family sets up security cameras around their home, only to realize that the events unfolding before them are more sinister than they seem.”
Despite being about paranormal phenomenon and having camera’s set up everywhere, the film is successful at being quite different from the first. BUT, what I really loved was how the film tied the two together. The first film was made on a budget of I believe less than $20,000, while this one was made with $2,750,000. I’m not really sure what the huge differential was, but you can’t tell and I think that’s a good thing. The film is still all documentary “home camera” and “security camera” style which was great.
As the movie starts, I thought it wasn’t going to be scary. The family thinks that there is a burglar, which I thought was going to be a terrible storyline…but things quickly change. Katie Featherson also comes back in this movie, and without telling you too much, you get more insight into how/why the first film happens the way it did. The films connect.
I don’t want to ruin the film for you so I don’t want to say too much. Here are a few thing I can tell you though. There’s a baby, dog, teenager, mom, dad, Spanish housekeeper, and a pool. There’s a lot of scary things you can do with those variable and how they react to what goes on in the house. The audience jumps/screams quite a bit, so make sure you have someone/thing to hold onto! Oh, and don’t drink too much fluid before going because you’ll be to on edge to get up and go pee.
Was it just as scary as the first one? YES.
Do I recommend seeing it? YES. The trailers don’t do this movie justice, but I liked how very little I knew about the film going into it.
MOVIE RATING: 4 out of 5 stars.
PS. There could be a third Paranormal Activity.