Movie Review: Paranormal Activity 2

By Drum Digital
01 December 2010

Rating 2/5

Horror.With Brian Boland, Molly Ephrahim and Micah Sloat.

Director: Tod Williams. 16LV. Opens 10 December.

What’s it about?

An ordinary family moves into a new house –where things soon start to move around. After what appears to be a break-in they install secret cameras to find out what’s going on...

Who will enjoy it?

At first horror junkies will be on the edge of their seats, but they’ll soon find themselves relaxing and getting more comfortable. This sequel isn’t nearly as horrifying and wet-your-pants scary as the first film. Like The Blair Witch Project it uses a formula that works only once; it’s simply not as scary the second time. What’s more, the plot takes too long to get off the ground and doesn’t have enough real shocks in store. Youwant value for your money! The hairs on your neck may feel a little ticklish but won’t exactly stand on end, and by the end you’ll feel cheated. But a “creepy crawlie” has never been as macabre as the one in this flick!

Wait for DVD?

Yes. Large parts of the movie were filmed using surveillance and hand-held cameras and the distorted, shaky images actually work better on a small screen. But this sequel doesn’t deliver what it promises or make you care for the characters the way the first film did. An average, surprise-free horror.

Similar films

Paranormal Activity 1; The Blair Witch Project.

Popcorn fact

* The first film’s budget was just R70 000 but made the producers more than R700 million!

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