Paranormal Activity 2
When Paranormal Activity (the first movie) was made in 2006 it took a long journey of 2-3 years for a general release. The resulting film was an instant success netting almost $200 million worldwide. Even more surprising was the cost of the film was extremely low, with a handful of actors and crew all helmed by first time director Oren Peli.
At first the movie company thought the film was tanking, as there were a number of people leaving the cinema’s during the early days of screening. They quickly realised that the reason behind this was due to the fact that a large number couldn’t sit through the movie because they were scared.
So Paramount and Dreamworks, realising they had the makings of franchise gold, shifted Oren Peli into a producer role, brought director Kevin Greutert (Saw IV) and screenwritter Michael R Perry (Dead Zone – TV , SVU – TV) onboard and rapidly created Paranormal Activity 2.
Paranormal Activity 2 is a prequel to Paranormal Activity. It follows the mixed family of Katie’s (from the first movie) sister a few months prior to the strange events which leads to Micah’s death and Katie’s disappearance. With a much larger cast the movie tracks the mixed family. As the story evolves each member of the family becomes more aware of a sinister force at play in the house and a potential link to historic family ties to occult practices.
Sigh… Ok down to brass tacks.. This movie is designed to scare the tar out of you. Its primary goal is to make people jump. It takes elements of scary movie telling, vague catholic references to the occult and all the good bits from horror films to do with demonic possession and mashes them into a Blair Witch style storyline.
Its probably a film that should be seen in conjunction with the first Paranormal Activity, as it really ties the story-lines together and brings more depth to reasons behind why these things have occurred.
Being that its a more “polished” production of the first movie it does tend to loose that amateur edginess that the first movie carried. The storyline does spend a little too much time setting up for the punchline, so to speak. As the movieslayer mentioned to me, “Its probably ok to turn up to this one late.”
Overall it achieved its purpose, it made people jump and scream. If you enjoyed the first one you should be ok with this one, although you might feel the pace is quite different.
Reviewed by: Urbankiwi