Excerpt: Movies that are an unprecedented success these days are a rarity. The original “Paranormal Activity” was made on a scant budget of about $11,000 and went onto gross nearly $200 million worldwide. That doesn’t happen too often in this day and age. Most movies that make $200 million worldwide use half of that on advertising and promotion. So went without saying that there would be a “Paranormal Activity 2″ and the question wasn’t “if” but “when.
Conclusion: The 'Paranormal Activity' series is definitely a love it or hate it affair. All films in this particular genre are, to be honest. That said, I don't see many "love it!" reactions happening here. 'Paranormal Activity 2' is pointless, plain and simple, a quick money grab. This Blu-ray release looks and sounds as good as one can expect from a film like this, and, much like the original, extras are limited, so as to keep the air of mystery.
Excerpt: Paranormal Activity 2 has a goal, and that’s to expand on the mythology of the first film which is of course assuming the original had any… which it didn’t. At all. So scratch that. Paranormal Activity 2 has a goal to to establish a mythology that was never present in the original, and to make sense of that first movie’s ending. There. That’s better. Regardless of what it is trying to do, it doesn’t make it any better .
Excerpt: Just as Dan and Kristi welcome a newborn baby into their home, a demonic presence begins terrorizing them, tearing apart their perfect world and turning it into an inescapable nightmare. Security cameras capture the torment, making every minute horrifyingly real.
Excerpt: The Movie Remember the surprise success of a little movie called The Blair Witch Project , which purported to chronicle the approaching doom upon some innocents-with-a-video-camera? Of course you do. Remember Blair Witch 2 , the forced sequel which sought to recapture lightning in a bottle and spawn that elusive commodity, a hot horror franchise? Of course you don't.
Conclusion: Once seemed to be enough for a movie like this. Paranormal Activity 2 feels completely redundant, even if it does play in conjunction with the story and characters of the first movie. What was then a novel idea seems tired and uninspired now, primarily because there's just almost nothing new about this entry. Same premise, same style, new and old characters, and only a "prequel" continuation of the story is all that's here.
Excerpt: As you’re reading this, The Hangover 2 is filming in Southeast Asia. This is because, for a sequel to work in Hollywood, it must go further, it must leave Kevin stranded in New York, or take the Griswald family to Europe or move to Havana to dance with not Patrick Swayze. Treading water is a great way to become irrelevant, but then again, so is betraying the source material with exhibitions of grandiosity.
Excerpt: I wasn't much of a fan of the 2009 no-budget blockbuster, "Paranormal Activity." A film cursed with abysmal acting and shallow scares, the picture nevertheless enchanted a nation of horror fans, rocketing a movie made for little money to blinding box office glory. And why not? Genre fans were starved for something with a little crude fright to it, devouring a movie that wasn't concerned with torture or schlocky theatrics.