Paranormal Activity 2 ★★★

"I don't know if the house is haunted, but I hope it is."
-Ali Rey (Molly Ephraim)

Part 2 of the Paranormal Activity Marathon.

The second instalment in the Paranormal Activity franchise suffers slightly because most audiences will go in knowing what to expect, especially since this sequel does nothing to differentiate itself, really. This time around, the film follows a family, including dad Daniel Rey, his wife, Kristi, daughter Ali, son Hunter, and their dog.

Not much can be said about this entry that hasn’t already about the first, as it’s very much the same old. As such, much of the originals successes are present here too, but likewise, so too are its flaws. Although in the hands of a different director (Tod Williams), the cinematography is still very amateurish. Although in the context it works again to achieve a certain believability, it still isn’t very pleasant to watch. Once more, the script is endurable, but hardly special.

On the other hand, the acting is still realistic, as in its predecessor. The family are also slightly more likeable than our previous protagonists. Oh, and the dog gives a particularly commendable performance, managing to convey an excellent blend of terror and stoicism in protection of its owners. Kudos to the pooch.
Not much more can be said, as it’s all very much the same affair as the first. If you didn’t like that, don’t expect this to be any different.

VERDICT; It’s all a very much ‘been there done that’ film. There simply isn’t enough to differentiate itself from the original (Bar the brilliant dog, mind.). Having said that, the formula that worked there works again here, with plenty of scary moments. Not as good as the first, yet still worth a watch.
3/5 or 6/10