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Paranormal Activity 2
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02.16.2011 By: Aaron the H
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Director:
Tod Williams

Actors:
Sprague Grayden
Brian Boland
Ali Rey

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
After the birth of their son, Hunter, a normal middle class family finds their home slowly being taken over by evil spirits. By film's end, dark secrets will be revealed that cast the original film in a new light.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Straight up, Paranormal Activity 2 is a film that scared the living daylights out of me, and that's quite a feat. The last film to truly terrify me (before the first Paranormal) was The Descent back in 2005, and before that, I'd have to go all the way back to when I was a kid and first saw Stephen King's It. When I heard that they were making a sequel to Paranormal Activity, I immediately figured Hollywood would ruin everything that was great about the original: low budget, quiet thrills, slowly building tension. In other words, I thought they were gonna pull a "Book of Shadows".

So it came as a HUGE surprise when I sat down to watch this puppy and found that the filmmakers decided to play up and build off of the first film's strengths (while keeping the budget somewhat microscopic). More importantly, they even carved out a half-decent script and a hugely clever narrative method that not only interwove the story with the first film, but also answered questions about it that we'd never even thought to ask.

Paranormal Activity 2 (from here on out referred to as PA2 cuz I'm getting sick of typing the full name) functions much like the original in that it builds it's tension slowly, with static and repetitive night-cam shots. Non-fans of the franchise will wield this as one of PA2's most glaring weaknesses, but I found it to function again as the film's greatest strength, creating a feeling of uneasy tension rarely achieved in an era of horror films that kill off a half-dozen characters in the first act. This flick starts off light and breezy, and when the scares do come, they arrive suddenly and furiously, beginning with a rare daytime jolt that tells the audience there's no safe time or place in this house (which sucks because leaving the house seems to be, um, not an option).

The only real complaint worth lodging is a casting one, and it's minor. In order to pull off the whole "found footage" act, I feel like the cast must truly be composed of non-recognizable actors. Anyone whose seen "Sons of Anarchy" or "24" however should immediately recognize lead actress Sprague Grayden, and since I'm a die-hard Jack Bauer fan, her presence tainted the reality of the footage for me a bit.

Still though, with all the things PA2 does right, that's like complaining that there's only 28 marshmallows in your bowl of Lucky Charms. Small price to pay for all that sugary goodness.
THE EXTRAS
DISC 1:

Boldly staying true to the studio's attempt to pass the film off as actual found footage (or perhaps just out of laziness), the Blu-ray is devoid of any commentary or behind-the-scenes features. Instead we get only an extended Unrated Cut with a few more chills, and about 3 minutes of "Newly Found Footage" for those who want a bit more.

DISC 2:

The second disc functions as both a DVD and Digital Copy, which begs the question, why do so many films have the two on separate discs?
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Paranormal Activity 2 is a breath of fresh air in a world of lifeless remakes and half-assed sequels. It's also a brilliant exercise in tension-building and one of those rare circumstances where the sequel outshines the original. If you saw the first film, than you already know whether or not this one's for you.
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1:25PM on 02/16/2011
Just wanted to say I'm glad to actually see some positive feedback on a Paranormal Activity movie on this site. I respect everyone's opinion whether I agree with it or not but, the hate that was constantly being leveled at these films on JoBlo and the Arrow in the Head sites seemed more personal then professional. Movie Fan Central has to remember that these films do have a large fan base and while they should never pander to any fan base, they shouldn't insult them either. Thanks for letting
Just wanted to say I'm glad to actually see some positive feedback on a Paranormal Activity movie on this site. I respect everyone's opinion whether I agree with it or not but, the hate that was constantly being leveled at these films on JoBlo and the Arrow in the Head sites seemed more personal then professional. Movie Fan Central has to remember that these films do have a large fan base and while they should never pander to any fan base, they shouldn't insult them either. Thanks for letting someone with a more positive outlook on these flicks have a say. Allowing both opposing viewpoints to voice their opinion gives this site the integrity we come here for.
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1:24PM on 02/16/2011
Just wanted to say I'm glad to actually see some positive feedback on a Paranormal Activity movie on this site. I respect everyone's opinion whether I agree with it or not but, the hate that was constantly being leveled at these films on this and the Arrow in the Head sites seemed more personal then professional. Movie Fan Central has to remember that these films do have a large fan base and while they should never pander to any fan base, they shouldn't insult them either. Thanks for letting
Just wanted to say I'm glad to actually see some positive feedback on a Paranormal Activity movie on this site. I respect everyone's opinion whether I agree with it or not but, the hate that was constantly being leveled at these films on this and the Arrow in the Head sites seemed more personal then professional. Movie Fan Central has to remember that these films do have a large fan base and while they should never pander to any fan base, they shouldn't insult them either. Thanks for letting someone with a more positive outlook on these flicks have a say. Allowing both opposing viewpoints to voice their opinion gives this site the integrity we come here for.
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