The first Paranormal Activity film was a nice change in the horror genre, and proved you don’t need a huge budget to make a good film. Now we have the chillingly realistic prequel to the 2009 horror phenomenon that chronicles the frightening days leading up to the events of the original film, marking the return of Katie, Micah and the terrifying and malevolent presence that’s torturing them. When Katie’s sister Kristi and her husband find their house vandalized after bringing home their new baby, they set up 24-hour surveillance cameras. What unfolds on the footage is far more sinister and shocking than anything they could have imagined.
I enjoyed the first film, and was excited to watch this film, as most theatrical reviews of it said it was more scary than the first. I found out that it’s more of a “Yes and no” answer as it does have a few parts they were more scary, but the film could have been better. One of the things that I began to get tired of after awhile, were the cheap scare tactics the film used, such as sudden loud noises or banging. Some of which actually made me laugh due to the fact some of the noises went unnoticed by the family until later in the film. I understand the film relies on your imagination to truly terrify you, but it can get carried away. Another thing was how the film seems to drag at some parts. It could’ve been due to me viewing the unrated cut of the film which is six minutes longer than the 91 minute theatrical version, but I’m sure both drag at some point.
The picture and sound are as good as it’s going to get on blu-ray, especially given the fact the movie is shot through camcorders and security cameras. There’s not much in the way of special features on the disc either. Just the teaser trailer and three minutes of “Found footage” that shows some freaky and disturbing footage that was cut from the film. At least both are presented in HD.
Paranormal Activity 2 isn’t a bad film, but it’s not a great one either. If you’ve seen the original film, then you’ll want to check it out, as it ties into the first movie. If you like horror movies and want to see this, you owe it to yourself to view the first film before watching this one, as things will make more sense. This movie is definitely worth a rental at least, just for the freaky ride it takes you on. Just don’t be surprised if you get little, if any sleep after watching them.
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