Paranormal Activity 2

Rating: R

Brought to you by OBS staff member Annabell Cadiz

Paranormal Activity 2 is a prequel to what took place in Paranormal Activity. The movie is told by first person perspective, as was the first one. This time though there are various cameras instead of just one. After a series of what the family believes to be break ins, cameras are installed all over the house. The movie starts off centered around the new arrival of baby Hunter. Then progresses as he ages, jumping a few months. Once Hunter is around one, strange things start to take place around the house. Weird banging sounds. Doors being opened on there own. Hunter seems to be able to see something hanging around his room no one else can see. Drawers are being left open. As in the first Paranormal Activity movie, you are taken step by step through the torment one family faces from a demon.

Paranormal Activity 2 proves to be as good as the original but not better. The movie takes a very long time to actually start getting interesting. I was interested at the beginning but once the movie progressed forward and nothing of significance happened, I started getting bored. Took about thirty minutes for the movie to start peaking my interest long enough for me to care about what was happening. I suppose the director was attempting to build more suspense than in the first one but in my humble opinion, he only managed to make me yawn more times than I should in a movie that supposed to be considered scary.

But once the movie started getting good, it took off! The back story was very nicely woven together with the story from the first movie (leaving enough unanswered questions for a third one to be made). Some of the stunts pulled in the first one are used again in Paranormal Activity 2 but to much larger, and scarier scale! There is one scene in particular you will get jump-out-of-your-seat-scream-your-lungs-out over!

Paranormal Activity 2 (and Part 1 for that matter) are such good horror movies because the creators behind them realize there is nothing that can scare a human being more than his or her own imagination. Paranormal Activity 2 delivers on just that!

Running Time: 91 minutes
Director: Todd Williams
Rating: 8/10 stars