Poster design by BLT & Associates (with thanks to IMP Awards)
I really do hate movies like these, because they tend to give me endless sleepless nights. Why you may ask? Well because if it’s one genre that scares me, then it’s definitely this paranormal one. Vampire, Werewolves, blood and gore no problem, but ghosts and ghouls? No thanks!
Anyways, I had previously seen the first one which didn’t strike me as being scary at all, but Paranormal Activity 2 came with the tag “Much Scarier than the First”, so just had to pluck up the courage to watch it.
Sprague Grayden (Kristi Rey) and Brian Boland (Dan Rey) lead the casting as the tormented couple. Molly Ephraim plays Ali, the daughter of Dan. Katie Featherston and Micah Sloat (Katie and Micah from the first Paranormal Activity) also make an appearance.
Like the first movie, they’ve gone with a relatively new cast to give it that certain edge and a homely feel to the movie.
The movie gives us a short intro into the lives of Kristi, Dan, Ali and newborn son Hunter, through his first few stages of his first year.
After what seemed like a break-in, Dan installs a series of security cameras throughout the house, although the only item stolen was a necklace given to Kristi by her sister Katie.
It’s not long before strange things starting happening around the house, for instance, Dan is always putting the swimming pool cleaner in the pool, but it ends up on the side the next morning, noises are heard outside Hunter’s room, and Abby (their German shepherd) feels an uneasy presence around Hunter’s room.
Martine, the housekeeper, suspects spirits are in the house as she tries to cleanse the house, but her stay is short-lived as she is fired by Dan.
The family continue to be tormented as Ali learns that the first born male into the family will be sacrificed for wealth and power, Hunter is the first born male into the family for a few generations. It appears that the spirit is after Hunter and the only way to banish the demon is to pass it onto another blood relative.
The nights get worse for Kristi, Dan and Ali as it becomes a life and death situation as the spirit becomes more and more violent, as they try to find a way to save Hunter from this evil spirit.
Will Dan be able to save his family? Will Dan be able to banish the evil spirits tormenting his family?
Considering I’m one of those people who get scared quite easily, I found this movie quite bearable. The movie only really had 2 notable jumps, but won’t mention when they occur in the film. I wasn’t overly impressed with the first one, and this one is just riding on the financial success of the first movie.
With both movies being a massive success at the box office for its limited budget, one can be sure that there will be a third installment in the Paranormal Activity franchise.
However, this movie offers nothing different to the first movie, considering the first one was made on a reported budget of $15,000 compared to the reported budget of Paranormal Activity 2 of $3m; I don’t really see where they’ve splashed the cash.
If you’ve seen the first one, then you will probably want to see this one to see how they both tie in. So give it a shot.