Paranormal Activity 2

Paranormal Activity 2

Tod Williams (2010)

87min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Director Tod Williams's semi-prequel to Oren Peli's scary original is not as frightening as the first film. Here the predominantly surveillance-camera action follows Katie's sister Kristi (Sprague Grayden) as unexplained phenomena occur in her family's California home after the birth of her son. There are a few loud bangs (the best a terrific moment in the kitchen) and the odd creepy visual (Kristi being pulled down stairs by an unseen force) to enliven the mundane and boring repetition of video events. But the ominous foreboding and brooding intensity of Peli's simpler, more contained original premise are missing. The one interesting aspect finds daughter Ali (Molly Ephraim) enjoying the weirdness enough to dig out the Ouija board, until the incidents become too threatening. Momentum does pick up in the final act when the connection between the two films becomes clearer, but this is mainly a calculated rehash and a far more humdrum horror.

Summary

A family home is set up with surveillance cameras after an apparent burglary in which nothing is stolen. The camera set-up records a series of strange events, while a visit from the wife's sister, who has experience with the paranormal, raises suspicions something demonic is inhabiting the house. Horror prequel, with Sprague Grayden and Katie Featherston.

Cast & Crew

Katie Katie Featherston
Kristi Rey Sprague Grayden
Micah Micah Sloat
Daniel Rey Brian Boland
Ali Rey Molly Ephraim
Martine Vivis Cortez
Brad Seth Ginsberg
Surveillance camera expert David Bierend
Director Tod Williams
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: ParamountGuidance: Violence, swearing, sexual references.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 22 Oct 2010
Drama