Friday, July 29, 2011

1597 - Paranormal Activity 2

These kinds of films are always far more creepier when you add kids into the mix.  I saw the first film out of a pop culture necessity, and decided to watch this one 'cause I dug the first one enough.  It's not surprise that this film and it's predecessor, and The Blair Witch Project, have all made assloads of money.  Horror is all about getting down to something primal and personal, and when you take the found footage approach it really adds to that, and particularly with this series, a film where creepy shit happens in your house at night is going to be right up there.  Houses make noise, we all know that, but who among us isn't a little creeped out when we're awoken in the middle of the night by a strange noise.
To add to the atmosphere I decided to watch this at the farm, which is a century old-plus farmhouse in the middle of nowhere.  Creepy, creepy, creepy.
So this film acts as a prequel/sequel to the first film - and I'll avoid mentioning all the pieces that make it harder to fit along side with the other one and just enjoy the artistic freedom.  There are some genuine awesome scares here.  The cast was pretty impressive - by and large they felt like real people, I bought them as this family.  It wasn't until the "weird stuff" started to happen that their acting ability fell apart ever so slightly.     
If you like horror films that put you on the edge of your seat this is a good one.  And if you've seen the first one you owe it to yourself to see the companion piece that is this film.  The trailer for the third installment has come out and it appears as though t it goes back to their childhood.  Should be interesting...
Paranormal Activity 2  Paranormal Activity 2 (Unrated Director's Cut) (Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Copy)

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