Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Movie Review: Paranormal Activity 2

Two months before the events of Paranormal Activity 1, a family installs a security system after a break-in. Shortly afterwards, the family is haunted by a deamon, who has taken a special interest in their baby, Hunter.

I watched this movie by myself with my usual nerves of steel. 

Nah, just kidding. It didn't help that there was a guy behind me laughing the entire time. Don't you just hate that in theatres? Anyway, to summarize my feelings for this movie-I like Paranormal Activity 2, but I didn't like it quite as much as the first movie. 

The scares are set-up pretty much exactly the same-a couple of things happen slowly at first, then builds up to more and more frightening scenarios. However while some elements are borrowed from the first movie, there are plenty of new terrors to keep the audience on the edge of their seat.

The reason why I have to give negative points this movie is the characters. In Paranormal Activity, Katie and Micha were believable as a couple. In this movie...let's see, we have skeptic dad, teenage daughter with hormone problems, boring mom, and super ethnic nanny who knows everything about the paranormal. We also get beloved family dog, and anyone who's seen a horror movie usually knows how that usually turns out. While Hunter the baby has some very realistic reactions (The actor will probably be freaked out when he grows up) his crying can grate against the ears after the hour mark.

Micha and Kate do show up in this movie as well, but their presense is almost unnecessary. Kate could have only been in one scene to establish some plot points, and Micha might as well stay home. That being said, I do like how some of the plot is explained in this movie, especially why the deamon is hunting both families. The ending actually makes sense in a good way.

Final Grade: 3 ½ out of 5. While some characters and situations are cliched, there is enough material here to keep the audience interested. 

Apparently all the failed exorcisms in history forgot the one key step...dipping your cross in olive oil first!

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