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Friday, October 22, 2010

Movie Review: Paranormal Activity 2

I was so psyched about this movie because I loved the first one. I know that usually horror movie sequels aren't that good, but I was freaked out enough by the trailer that I thought I'd give this one a try. So, me and my gals brought our courage to the movie theater tonight, opening night, to see what we were sure would a terrifying movie, hoping for a fun experience. We had a fun experience. But not so much a scary one.

Spoilers below.

This movie was NOT good. We were so irritated when we left, because it was such a let down, though we did have fun making fun of it. Haha. Mostly, this movie is a string of loud noises and cheap scares. The acting wasn't good, there wasn't a lot of time to get to know the characters, and therefore it was really hard to care about them. The only one I liked, besides Abby the dog, was the step-daughter. Plus, I thought all of the events dragged on and on... I was like... WHY do they keep cutting and cutting and cutting to a different camera? It seemed like it was all just for suspense, I guess, to make us jump with a random loud noise after waiting for so long. And then, once things started really getting going, I felt it then went much too fast. It was like small things kept happening to make it drag, but then as soon as something big happened it was the climax... There was no smooth progression like the first one did so well. Also... there was NO motivation for ANYONE to be filming. This family just carried a random hand-held around for no reason. In fact, there was one scene where the husband is arguing with his wife and filming at the same time. I was like... What man would want to tape a conversation like this? What family tapes EVERY conversation??? At least Micah had a reason to be carrying around a camera. They EXPLAINED that motivation.

Here's the run down of how this movie is linked to the first. Katie, the main character in the first has a sister who married an older man with a daughter and they just had a baby named Hunter. Throughout the movie the demon is after Hunter and we find out why later one... It's a really lame reason, just so you know. Katie shows up a few times in this one, as does Micah. And, in fact, Katie plays a pretty important part.

The problem with this movie is it tried too hard to incorporate the first one. It takes place a few months before Paranormal Activity occurred, and kind of completely undermines the premise for the first movie. It explains why the demon is after Katie's family (apparently some distant relative in the past made a deal with a demon to give the first son that is born to that family to it if they became rich or something dumb), it shifts the story of childhood traumas about the demon from being mostly Katie's to being mostly her sister's (who is the step-mom in this story), and then it straddles the events of the first one and ends after Micah is killed.... making the fear factor slow down a lot in between. Then, at the end, after Katie's sister is possessed, they decide the only way to get the demon to go away is to give it to someone else. And some site they were looking at (on a site probably named convenient-plot-devices.com) said it had to be a blood relative so they choose to give it to Katie... SURPRISE! And THAT is how the demon comes and starts messing with her in the first movie. And then it shows the stupid dad/husband burning the picture of Katie when she was a child as part of the demon-transfer ritual. Again, undermining the greatness of the first film. GAH! 

When they finally reveal that Katie's sister was actually going through all this paranormal stuff before she was I was thinking that eventually maybe the demon would be visiting both sisters at the same time... and I guessed that at the end something would happen to make the demon unsuccessful in taking Katie's sister and so he would use Katie to get the baby. But the whole random thing about the family consciously deciding to pass the demon to Katie was such a stupid way to get to the end. My idea was better, I feel. And of course at the end, after they have exorcised Katie's sister, it flashes to the night Micah was killed and Katie shows up to her sis's house covered in blood. She snaps brother-in-law's neck on the couch, which rocked since he's such a jerk the whole time, and then goes up stairs and kills her sister. Then, Katie leaves the room carrying Hunter, the baby, and we hear him laugh. Then there is a black screen for literally a minute before the credits start... WHY? Who knows... but the whole things was perplexing in one way or another.

I would say what totally ruined this movie completely is the fact that all of this happened because some stupid ancestor made a deal with a demon. What made the first movie so scary was that there WAS no reason. It was random. And HOW do you even meet a demon to make a deal with one? And how do demons have powers enough to make deals with souls....? DUMB.

The only good scene that actually really impressed me was when Katie's sister was down in the kitchen and there is all this boring waiting around. I expected a pot to fall or something like that, but instead every single cabinet, drawer, container, etc opens all at the same time in the entire kitchen. It was very surprising and something we hadn't seen in the other movie. Everything else that happened is something we had already seen versions of. Though, I will also say the scene where Katie's sister gets her legs knocked out from under her TWICE and dragged down the stairs into the basement (then the basement door slams quite frighteningly) was also pretty great.

Overall it was a big MEH. But we had fun making comments about it as we watched!


  1. wow that sounds completely retarded. glad I went with my instinct on this one and didn't plan to see it. LAME.

  2. You forgot to mention that the scene in the trailer where there is a baby in the crib, but no baby in the crib in the mirror wasn't even in the movie. The trailer was way more scarier than the entire movie.

  3. You know, I hate pulling the I told you so card, but...yeah, you get the idea. Horror sequels, especially rushed ones like this that come out only a year after the original are NEVER any good, only good for mocking. That sucks that it was a total let down for you, but I'm glad I didn't spend money on seeing it, now I know to avoid at all costs. This movie sounds more like a lame version of Poltergeist than a scary follow up to Paranormal Activity.

  4. Well Kevin, I didn't go because I thought it would be life changing... or even that good. I am just that easily scared. And that ISN'T a true statement. The Grudge 2 we saw because we thought it would be silly and it was SO SCARY. So there.

  5. I disagree so much. I really enjoyed it. Plus I had a pretty good audience when I went to see it. Yeah, there were some things that didn't quite work out as far as connecting it with the first, and overall I don't think it was as disturbing as I thought the first one was. But I thought for a horror sequel, it was good.

    For me, switching from angle to angle added tension—it made me wonder which room the scare would come from.

    I do agree that I would have rather seen the demon messing with both sisters at once, then using Katie to get to Hunter as opposed to Katie only really having issues because it got passed to her.

    And I just assumed that they left the screen black for so long after the film because that's what they did for the first movie. When I saw it in theaters, they never turned the lights back up. I don't even think there were actual cast and crew credits then.

    And yes, the kitchen cabinets thing? Totally scared me. And really, anybody getting dragged out of a room by some invisible force is just...not okay with me. HA!

    To each his own, of course. But I thought it was really fun. Sorry you were disappointed!

    P.S. The Grudge 2 = super scary. Agreed.

  6. Oh, and also—I definitely agree that what was so scary about the first one was that there was no real reason for the demon's presence. I do wish they'd kept with that angle. They still could have had a storyline with Katie's sister because they'd already said that both of the girls had experiences.

    Do you know if this one was written by the same people as the first? I noticed that the credits said this one was based on Paranormal Activity, which made me think it must have had different writers? Or maybe I'm crazy. Haha.

  7. Different director, different budget, as far as I know, different all around.

  8. That's weird to me. The first was so hugely successful, especially in terms f what they made bs. what they spent. I'd have guessed that the original creators, etc. would have wanted to do a sequel themselves. :-/

  9. Well I think it was a genuine and honest move to make a good film. The 2nd was all about cheap scares to make money. Most all sequels are about making money unless it's already planned out to be a series.

  10. Maybe they met up with the goat demon? Emily told me that Katie didn't want to do the movie at all but had to. I'm glad I was out of the country.