Starring: Brian Boland, Sprague Grayden, Molly Ephraim, Katie Featherston, Micah Sloat, Seth Ginsberg
Director: Tod Williams
2010 | 91 Minutes | Rated R
“Welcome home, Hunter. This is your new house.” – Kristi Rey
After the Rey family experiences what they believe to be a break-in, they install security cameras around their home. But what the family soon realizes is they are experiencing a demonic haunting.
So after seeing the original Paranormal Activity recently, I decided to rewatch Paranormal Activity 2. Since it had been quite a few years, I couldn’t remember much of anything from it, much less how it connected to the first.
Paranormal Activity 2 is a prequel, of sorts, beginning about 2 months prior to the events of the first movie and concluding on the same night of the ending of the original. It’s actually pretty cool how it all ties together. Kristi Rey, the mother/wife of the household, is the sister of Katie from the first movie and Katie and Micah make appearances throughout the movie.
The sequel takes the creepiness factor up a bunch of notches by having a young child as the object of the spirit’s attention. And having a teenage girl involved means that the movie hits just about all of the vulnerability spots a person could have.
Overall I would say the scares in 2 are better than the original. Some of the scares are a little easy to see coming though, particularly the hanging pots banging around and falling. It’s not a matter of if the spirit will do something with them, it’s a matter of when. That doesn’t mean that they aren’t still scary. And the solid, simple effects make everything a lot easier to believe.
Paranormal Activity 2 feels a bit more polished than the first. The multiple camera angles definitely helps. Featuring more than two characters also helps it feel like more than a low budget horror movie capitalizing on a growing movie trend.
I watched this while house-sitting for my parents. All alone in a dark house with a big, dumb black lab that will occasionally bark at nothing… I’m not recommending this type of viewing experience but it certainly made things feel all the more real. This experience very well could have influenced my opinion of the movie but I still thoroughly “enjoyed” being thoroughly creeped out by Paranormal Activity 2. I’ve heard the movie jumps the shark in future installments but so far I’m liking what I’m seeing.