A prequel to the first Paranormal Activity, this one finds Katie’s (Katie Featherston) sister’s family being haunted by the demon. You get much of the same here as you get in the original movie—lots of surveillance footage, home video footage, and lots of time where nothing at all is happening, all which results in a slow burn build to a very satisfying ending. One major problem I had with this film was that it did not have the “real” feeling of the original. No, I did not think the original was “real”, but the actors in it were both unknown and did a phenomenal job making me believe that they could have, in fact, been a married couple. That was lost here when I saw Katie’s sister Kristi (Sprague Grayden) and instantly recognized her from the television show 24. Grayden and her husband Daniel (Brian Boland) never come close to capturing the realism that Featherston and Micah Sloat did in the original. Oh, and to mix things up, they have a teenage daughter (Molly Ephraim) who generally only serves to annoy, though she does do a good job once the movie picks up in the end.
On A Scale Of One To Ten: 7