Paranormal Activity 2 is the prequel to the 2007 blockbuster, which is the one of the most profitable films ever made. You recall the movie: a couple in a house, a camera that ostensibly records the footage we are seeing; and an unseen demon.
The film, made for about 15,000, dollars went on to make over 193 million worldwide. Part 2 uses the same tropes. A house, a happy family, which includes Katie whom you saw in part 1, security cameras that record the footage we see and of course the demon.
The only aim of the movie is to make you jump. And at least for the first forty minutes or so, director Tod Williams does this very well. Nothing much happens but your dread mounts as you wait for evil to unleash.
Everyday objects become seriously scary ? so saucepans look ominous and the pool cleaner takes on a life of its own. What makes this so much more effective is that it?s all revolving around a toddler who sometimes looks into the corner of the frame as if he can see things that we can?t.
But beyond a point, the shaky cameras, purposefully dim lighting and documentary style non-acting becomes a bit of a bore. After all, we?ve been there and done that with the first.
By the end, I was waiting for all of them to sliced and diced so I could get on with my life. Paranormal Activity 2 isn?t fully satisfying but it is good for a few scares. I?m going with two and a half stars.