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Paranormal Activity 2
Written by Sandra Fitzpatrick   
Thursday, 28 October 2010 00:00

Paranormal Activity 2The creator of Paranormal Activity had no way of knowing that his low budget little horror movie would become one of the most profitable movies ever made. As far as money-grabbing sequels go, Paranormal Activity 2 is surprisingly good, and is one horror film that is more treat than trick.

In the first Paranormal Activity we met Katie and Micah, who were experiencing freaky things in their home. They set up stationary video cameras to tape what was going on and the film we saw was supposed to be the camera footage of their haunting. It was a uniquely unsettling film.

When the lights go out...Paranormal Activity 2 begins a few months before these things happened, and focuses on the experiences of Katie’s sister Kristi and her family. She and her husband have just brought home their new baby boy, Hunter and together with stepdaughter Ali, and Abby the German Shepherd they are a happy young family. Until a series of possible “break-ins” causes them to set up security cameras in their home and they start to realize that whatever is causing the chaos in their home is not human. The story takes shape as events start to tie in with those from the first film.

Katie and MicahAs in the original, the footage we see is entirely shot with either hand-held cameras or stationary security cameras – adding to the eerie and realistic effect. The film is only loosely scripted and the actors are left to improvise scenes, making it feel much more natural. What we do see is disturbing without resorting to expensive special effects. I thought these techniques would be a one-trick pony, but they work surprisingly well a second time. If I were Hollywood I’d quit while I was ahead.

One thing to note is that both of these films are probably best viewed in your own home on a dark night – not in a theatre full of teenagers that laugh uncomfortably at every scary scene. Everyone seemed to like the movie, but I think some of the tension was lost in the crowd.



Directed by Tod Williams, Starring Katie Featherston, Sprague Grayden.

The original film had at least three completely different endings, some of which don’t make sense when paired with a sequel.