Set before & after the events of the first film, the second chapter in the Paranormal Activity series is a parallel sequel that follows a suburban family which decides to install numerous security camera in their home, following what appears to be a break-in attempt, but soon discovers that the events unfolding in their residence are far more sinister than it seems.
Directed by Tod Williams, Paranormal Activity 2 is virtually the same as Paranormal Activity for it follows the very…
It's not necessarily that horror characters need to be likeable, but in a film such as Paranormal Activity 2, if we're going to have an hour of getting to know a family to show the eventual collapse of domestic life, then we better have at least an ounce of empathy for them, otherwise genuinely, who gives a shit if they die.
It's an example of how to make a film that fails at literally everything it tries to do, from…
Jump Cut: The Movie
How do you stop vodka from getting you drunk? You dilute it.
How do you stop Paranormal Activity from being scary? You dilute it.
Still the same deal of course, just with more cameras, more characters and more night time shots. The movie takes place alongside the events of the first film but in Katie's sister's household. Her name is Kristi (Sprague Grayden) and the film opens with her bringing her newborn son into the home.…
Suffers from spending too much running time establishing a connection to the previous movie and doesn't do enough to stand on it's own. What it does establish for itself it kind of gets lucky to be added as a part of the better mythology and one of the better editions of the franchise, The Marked Ones, which I'll get to in a later review...
As for not standing on it's own, it steals one of the highlight scares from PA,…
Dogs. Babies. Ghosts. That's all you need to know.
essentially the "same" movie as the first (at least in its attempt to hit the same beats narratively and emotionally) but with a dramatically altered framing device; mostly being shot from removed / multiple "outsider" perspectives (whereas the original was largely shot from one vantage point and generally had a specific perspective.) this creates the feeling of the horror sequel cliche "more is more" (more pov's, more potential for spooky stuff to happen) and most specifically having the framing device…
Not as effective as the first, but not terrible either. The most common flaws of found-footage are more painfully present in this one. However, its tie to the first film was cleverly done, there weren't an abhorrent amount of jump scares and it ended on a more subtle note than the first one. Ultimately though, waiting through and hour and a half of nothing happening is no fun.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Under the logic of "more is better", this film gives "more":
- More characters
- A bigger house
- More cameras
- More noises
- Louder noises
- More loud noises
- More jump scares (that affect the rating negatively)
- More filler scenes
- More themes, such as exorcism and religion (sigh)
- Many more laughable cardboard stereotypes of the upper-middle class family
- More spoonfeeding! How beautiful it is to have the explanation of the plot spoonfed by…
Don't ask what 11-year-old me was thinking when I first saw this, but this movie is not as great as I remembered. I feel bad trashing this film because I consider myself a fan of this franchise but this film is just not good. Most of the time there is no logical reason why they would be filming and the other time is spent trying to "out-do" the scares in the original and failing. Not to mention the continuity mistakes…
[notes towards a larger essay: the movie as an interactive experience, not within the film itself, but the 'multi-media' experience of the film; PA1 + 3x "alternate" endings, only one of them compatible with the continuing narrative found here- the choose your own adventure without any forethought.] I thought this worked a lot better than the first one, and I'm always interested in 'sequels' that sort of intertextually link with what they're following instead of like specifically carrying on with…