Paranormal Activity 2

Film, Horror
2 out of 5 stars
4 out of 5 stars
(14user reviews)
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Serving as both a prequel and a sequel, this cost 200 times more than Oren Peli's $15,000 original, features six extra surveillance cameras and four more characters (if you count the dog) – but it’s only one tenth as scary.

For almost an hour, virtually nothing happens apart from the rattling of a few pots and pans in the kitchen – a more appropriate title would have been ‘Paranormal Inactivity Too’. This is a disappointing horror sequel on a par with the chronically inept ‘Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2’, featuring bland characters, over-familiar situations, tedious expository back-story and not a shred of imagination.

The alleged ‘found’ footage is prefaced by a title reading, ‘60 hours before the death of Micah Sloat’ – Sloat being the male character whose shocking demise marked the climax of the first film. After their comfortable suburban home is trashed, Christy persuades her husband to install CCTV cameras in the house and garden, to assure the safety of her teenage daughter (from a previous marriage) and their infant son, Hunter. These cameras then show us copious evidence of demonic (in)activity, capturing the mysterious opening of doors, the aimless nocturnal meanderings of the robotic swimming pool cleaner, and the mildly spooked behaviour of Hunter and the family dog. The sceptical father and the naïve teenage daughter, who is initially excited by the prospect of a haunting, are both later horrified by noises in the night, video-taped evidence of telekinetic activity and Christy’s increasingly wigged-out behaviour.

Only the cameo by Katie Featherstone, reprising her role from the first film and identified here as Christy’s sister, saves the film from complete disaster. The less said about Martine, the stereotyped superstitious Mexican maid, the better: her sole function is to provide patronising comic relief by wafting incense about the house, while rambling incoherently in Spanish about good and bad spirits. Eventually resorting to ‘Blair Witch’-style shaky-cam and ‘night vision’ images, director Tod Williams (‘The Door in the Floor’) fails to generate even a smidgen of terror, despite larding on the manipulative, over-amplified sound effects.

By: Nigel Floyd

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Release details

Rated:
15
Release date:
Friday October 22 2010
Duration:
91 mins

Cast and crew

Director:
Tod Williams
Screenwriter:
Michael R. Perry

Average User Rating

3.9 / 5

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this film was no where near as scary as the first one but it was more impressive its worth the watch but only if your not expecting a scare go and see saw 3d if you want some blood- what film has ever been scary in the past coz no film has ever scared me (exept for paranormal activity 1 but only because i got told it was real and gullible me believed it was)


Excellent film, great sequel, as good as the first was, this was way better, ignore the haters, they probably want to watch Transformers! Horror fans get to the cinema!


Excellent film, great sequel, as good as the first was, this was way better, ignore the haters, they probably want to watch Transformers! Horror fans get to the cinema!


this film was miles better than the first one it was totally brilliant had me jumping loads totally worht watching.


this film was miles better than the first one it was totally brilliant had me jumping loads totally worht watching.


I really enjoyed this. The first film was good and this fitted in with the previous instalment nicely. The suspense was gripping at times and a number of people jumped. On the lines of other reviewer’s comments, avoid afternoon showings where there are teenagers…seems manners are no longer taught to the youth.


Solid sequel, more of the same really, and not nearly as disappointing as the Time Out reviewer suggests. Similar to Keith Floyd (below), my enjoyment was hindered by a group of morons who must have been under the impression they were watching the movie in their own home.


Entertaining with a few decent jumps....but daft behaviour in the presence of obvious evil is, as almost ever, ready to spoil things. Oh well. 6/10


I absolutley loved this film it was better than the first one and the way the mixed the first and second one in together was just brilliant whoever loves these types of films should go and watch it 5 stars!!!!!!!!!


I absolutley loved this film it was better than the first one and the way the mixed the first and second one in together was just brilliant whoever loves these types of films should go and watch it 5 stars!!!!!!!!!


Saw last night after looking forward to it for ages. Left cinema disappointed as no were near as frightening as the first paranormal. Although the same sort of structure - night whatever - no feelings of dread as felt in the first film. Too many explanations, not enough action, all though did feel sorry for the dog ha ha


I don't agree , I saw it yesterday afternoon and apart from a couple of teenage idits who though it hilarious to drink as noisily as possible fthrough their plastic during the (very) passages, I found the film very effective, 'nothing happens at all for the first hour'? In Alien you don't see the monster until about 20 minutes before the end, so is everything that happened before is pointless bullshit?