Like the Blair Witch Project 2 and other low budget indie films sequels, Paranormal Activity 2 hopes to ride the wave of its predecessor’s surprise success in 2007.
Critics seem to think it will do just that. Well, most of them.
Chris Hewitt, of the St. Paul Paul Pioneer Press, expounds on the film’s character development: ”Despite its familiarity, I’d recommend 2 for, appropriately, two reasons: The characters of a dog and a baby — who can see what’s going on in the house but can’t verbalize it — are used deftly.”
Claudia Puig, of USA Today, writes that the sequel beats out the original: “Rarely is the second film in a horror franchise more frightening than the original, but Paranormal Activity 2 has more innocent victims and more scares than its predecessor.”
Joe Neumaier, of the NY Daily News, likes the film’s tense moments: “Eagle-eyed audiences watching every corner of the screen are rewarded with spooky “did-you-see-that?” moments.”
Not everyone is on board the Paranomal Activity 2 bandgwagon, however.
Roger Moore, of the Orlando Sentinal, thinks the film is heavy handed: “The movie’s shortcomings are the Hollywood literalism in the third act, the need to show us things and connect dots that we don’t need to connect.”
Kevin McCarthy of BDK Reviews wasn’t impressed with the film’s ending: “Where is Steven Spielberg when you need him for a clever ending? I had trouble sleeping for three weeks after the original film but I slept perfectly fine after the sequel.”
Still, with 78% positive rating on Rotten Tomatoes, it looks as though Paranormal Activity 2 is a good bet for some Halloween movie fun.
Watch the official Paranormal Activity 2 trailer.