Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Paranormal Activity 2 Movie Review 152


Paranormal Activity was a surprise hit when it was released and this is the prequel. If you have seen the original one, you would expect a spooky prequel, but this was not what I had hoped for.

This movie begins before the events of the original movie. We find out that Katie(Katie Featherston) has a sister called Kristi(Sprague Grayden) and her husband Dan(Brian Boland). They have a baby, Hunter, Dan's daughter,Ali(Molly Ephraim) and a dog Abby. They live in a large house and they are installing cameras because of an apparent robbery. The only thing missing is a necklace which Katie had given to Kristi.The movie is similar in style to the original. Different things begin to happen at night and the housekeeper thinks that there is something evil in the house and she tries to cleanse the house. She thinks that there is a demon after Dan and Kristi's son because he is the first born son in their family for generations. Dan is not buying it and he lets her go.

 Spooky things happen, but there is a lot of dull sequences in between and not enough frights like the first movie.The action only begins near the end and by then, you have almost lost interest. On with the story anyway.The demon takes out the dog and it has to go to the vet. It then starts terrorizing Kristi.She gets dragged down to the basement and comes out possessed. She then is in a trance like state and Dan doesn't know what to do with her. Ali is upset and she shows him the footage of her going down to the basement. Dan calls back Martine and he wants her to help him  to pass the demon onto Katie so that it will leave them alone.There is some scuffle when he tries it on Kristi but it works. There follows a spoiler so don't read on if you don't want to know the ending!

The movie ends with Katie telling Kristi that she is having problems in her house. We then see her killing Micah and going to her sisters house and killing Dan and her sister. She takes Hunter and smiles...That is it. This movie was a disappointment to me. I expected it to be more like the original and I thought that it meandered in parts and it was not exciting. Everything happened in the last few minutes and it was too little too late. It is a pity that this was not better because I loved the original. I guess lightning doesn't strike twice....
This gets a 5/10.


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