Home-made haunting gives more scares

By Anthony Solorzano II

The follow up to last year’s low-budget hit, “Paranormal
Activity 2,” opens with screams blasting everyone’s eardrums,
people jumping out of their seats and a familiar story.

In “Paranormal Activity 2,” writer Michael R. Perry explains the
origins of the ghost from the previous film, with a clever twist at
the end.

Like its predecessor, the movie is filmed with handheld cameras,
giving it a realistic feel that helps the audience believe the
movie was based on true events.

At times, you might get motion sickness, but soon enough, you
get used to it.

In “Paranormal Activity 2,” some of the scare tactics used in
the first film are reused. The only difference is that the tactics
are amplified, giving “Paranormal Activity 2” the extra kick a
sequel is suppose to have.

“Paranormal Activity 2,” directed by Tod Williams is a different
director from the previous film. Williams recycled the model used
in the preceding film: Items move around when no one is present,
doors shut closed, and bodies are dragged around. As in the first
film, the concept works, and audience members leave the screening
terrified of sleeping.

“Paranormal Activity 2” follows Kristi Rey and her family on a
haunting. Kristi happens to be Katie’s sister, who was the main
character in the first part of the “Paranormal Activity”
franchise.

Like any other two-part movie, watching the first part is
important to understanding some of the plot that is introduced in
the sequel.

What makes “Paranormal Activity 2” a good movie and worth
watching is its low budget effects. “Paranormal Activity 2″ does
what other horror films fail to do” actually scare people without
using gory special effects, suspenseful music and fancy
costumes.

Some complaints about the movie involve the storyline. The plot
is closely related to the first film. “Paranormal Activity”
followed a couple documenting their encounter with a demon, while
“Paranormal Activity 2” follows a family documenting its run- in
with a demon.

The writers could have could have been more creative with the
storyline for the sequel, instead of having the same plot with a
different main character.

Also, some of the scenes are predictable, but then again, what
horror film out there is not predictable?

Aside from that, “Paranormal Activity 2” follows through its
goal of actually scaring people. With Halloween just around the
corner, the release of the film comes in perfect timing.

Rating: 3.5/5

Home-made haunting gives more scares

Paramount Pictures

Home-made haunting gives more scares

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