PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 2 (BLU-RAY)
Reviewed by: Ryan Doom
and Sprague Grayden
What's it about
The sequel to the big hit provides more ďlostĒ footage of the relatives from the first film. Part two is really part one because itís more of a prequel, even though it says part two. Whatever.
Is it good movie?
I get why Paranormal Activity was such a big hit. It had that perfect indie horror quality that only comes along every decade or so. Sure, the cynic could say Paranormal Activity is nothing more than a Blair Witch rip-off, but itís not like that was first found footage movie ever produced. Man Bites Dog is one that particularly stands out. It has that raw, unbridled energy that all movies strive for but few ever find it. Blair Witch had it. The first Paranormal had it. The sequel, well, not as much. But how could it? Itís the law of diminishing returns as Part 2 has everything that fans expected, for better or worse. At least it avoided the fate of Blair Witch 2, but Iím not sure if thatís necessarily a good thing. At least Witch 2 strived to create something new whereas Paranormal 2 follows the first so closely that frankly I was bored most of the time. It offered nothing new and never tried. The ďbuild-upĒ to the demon finally emerging seemed like a massive waste of time as weíre forced to watch a bunch of bland, hollow and uninteresting characters as they figure out whatís happening in their house.
It might sound like Iím delivering a negative review, but I canít because it sticks so close to the original. It still has the scares, the creepiness, and the what-the-f*ck moments to hold your interest, but I canít give it a glowing review because itís completely unoriginal. Itís as if the filmmakers were too scared to stray from the formula and disappoint fans of the original. So they played it safe, right down to the evil spirit. Eh.
Video / Audio
Video: A crisp and clear Widescreen presentation, well, as clear as home footage can look.
Audio: Presented with the power of DTS-HD 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround.
Found Footage: About three minutes worth of stuff that doesnít look all that different from the film, but who knows. Actually, a few parts were different, but a lot of this movie I couldnít tell the difference between scenes. Itís that damn security footage.
Unrated Version The Blu-Ray contains both the theatrical version and the directorís cut, which runs about seven minutes longer. Nothing especially groundbreaking here. Just a few more instances of ghost terror.
If youíve seen the first Paranormal Activity, you know exactly what youíre in store for. If you havenít rented part one, then rent that. If you dug it, youíll dig this one. Itís that simple.