Paranormal Activity 2 (2010) Movie Review

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Paranormal Activity 2 (2010)

2010 | R | Horror
91 minutes / 1h 31min

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Paranormal Activity 2 Plot Synopsis:

Daniel Rey along with his wife, Kristi; daughter, Ali; toddler son, Hunter, and their dog, move to Carlsbad, California. A few days later their residence is broken into, however, nothing appears to be missing. In order to prevent re-occurrences, they install a number of security cameras that will record everything on a DVR. After they hire a Spanish-speaking nanny to look after Hunter, she informs them that there is something wrong in their house and performs prayers, much to the chagrin of Daniel, who lets her go. He will subsequently regret this decision as more inexplicable and strange incidents occur, with Ali concluding, after a research, that their house may be possessed by a demonic entity.

Paranormal Activity 2 (2010) Review

Paranormal Activity 2 (2010) is a 1h 31-min American found footage supernatural horror film that is the prequel/sequel to Paranormal Activity (2007). It had an estimated budget of $3 million and grossed over $177.5 million at the box office. Director Tod Williams (The Door in the Floor (2004), The Adventures of Sebastian Cole (1998), Cell (2016)) did a good job executing the smart script by original director Oren Peli & Michael R. Perry. Paranormal Activity 2 begins two or six months before Paranormal Activity (2007) and follows up with the events in the original film. Katie was seen visiting her sister, Kristi and her family who consist of her daughter Ali, baby boy Hunter, and Kristi’s husband Daniel.

The plot was simple as it can get where a family thinks that they were victims of a home invasion and decided to put up a series of cameras throughout the house. The film runs somewhat like the first film but I did not get bored as the static shots of the house which we see from the cameras was done exceptionally well. I found myself staring at the camera shots with my utmost attention anticipating to see something out of the ordinary. The scenes were tricky because at times I thought there were nothing going on in them where there was actually something spooky going on.

Kristi’s nanny Martine who is a Hispanic woman who did not speak much English and is the only one who knows the evil that is happening and tries to warn the family to leave, but they ignore her. The family fired Martine after she tries to cleanse by burning sage throughout the house by herself which was not approved by the family.

Kristi does not want to hear anything regarding evil and her house, so she quickly stops her sister from talking about her feelings. The family’s dog barks throughout the film at what we think is nothing but the dog knows what evil is lurking. Daniel has the evidence right in front of his eyes on the tapes that something is going on in his house that is not natural but cannot bring himself to believe it.

Katie Featherston was the only actor in this film as a returning cast member. Katie’s husband from the first film was also seen in this film, but it was explained that the scenes were taken six months before his death. He was in the movie for about a few minutes, but it was important because he links or ties the two films together. I applaud the special effects team for the few good special effects which resembles those of the first film but will still scare you. Paranormal Activity fans should know that this film ends with an open door suggesting that there will be more sequels.

  • Paranormal Activity 2 Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 5
  • Overall Score: 5.41
  • IMDB: 5.7
  • MetaCritic: 5.3
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 5.9

About Paranormal Activity 2 2010

Title: Paranormal Activity 2
Year: 2010
Runtime: 91 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror
Reviewer: Score: 2.5 / 5 stars Avg. Rating: 2.71/5 stars from 91,149 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 91,149 MPAA Rating: R
Paranormal Activity 2 Cast Starring: Katie Featherston, Brian Boland, Micah Sloat, Molly Ephraim, Sprague Grayden, William Juan Prieto, Jackson Xenia Prieto, Vivis Colombetti, David Bierend, Seth Ginsberg
Paranormal Activity 2 Writers: Michael R. Perry, Christopher Landon, Tom Pabst
Paranormal Activity 2 Director: Tod Williams
Box Office: $84,747,727
Production: Paramount Pictures
Language: English, Spanish
Country: USA