Wednesday, November 9, 2016


Paranormal Activity 2 Movie Review

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.

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The acting in this just generally seems uninspired and that takes a lot from the movie. Featherston and Sloat do appear in this film for brief moments at a time, which adds to the enjoyment a bit, though, being a prequel, they oddly put in messages about what happens in the original—this is annoying the first time they do it and very effective the second time. All this said, the movie really comes together in the final twenty minutes, providing intense scenes and doing a good job setting up the original movie, and, ultimately, setting up a third installment. If you saw the first one already, this one should be seen. If you have seen neither, watch this one first until the final 5 minutes. At this point, turn the film off, watch the first one completely through, and then watch the final 5 minutes of this one.

On A Scale Of One To Ten: 7

Paranormal Activity 2 Movie Trailer

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