I saw the first Paranormal Activity last year and it scared the crap out of me and my family. I had to convince my husband and sister to go with me to see the low budget flick they thought was going to be stupid. We now own the DVD.
The second one is also doing really well, and is far surpassing expectations. The reviews are in, and for the most part, they are great.
Here was my favorite review from — Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly:
“In ‘Paranormal Activity 2,’ our eyes keep darting back and forth, scanning the sidewalks, the doorways, the posh bric-a-brac in that overstuffed kitchen, searching (before it can frighten us!) for a telltale bit of movement — for the barest hint of an apparition edging into the frame, or an inanimate object that decides to move around on its own. It’s like a haunted-house version of ‘Where’s Waldo.’ Alfred Hitchcock used to say that if you jolted an audience with a bomb blast out of the blue, that was merely a shock, but if you planted a bomb and made the audience wait for it to go off, that was suspense.
‘Paranormal Activity 2′ blends the two modes into what might be called shockpense. The film keeps jolting us out of the blue, all right — with sudden booms, doors that open of their own accord, or a frying pan that drops out of a pot hanger. In a funny way, though, what makes these devices work is their very randomness: They tickle us with terror because watching the movie, we do know that a bomb has been planted, only it’s a bomb — or, more accurately, a demon — you can’t see.”
You will not find my review because I am too freakin’ scared to see it. You mix in a baby and I am over it. I can’t deal!
There are reportedly more characters, more story line, and some added thrills. Overall it seems like it lives up to the hype and as a sequel does justice to the first film.
As of Friday night Paranormal Activity 2 raked in over $20 million at the box office. Along with Jack A$$ 3D it seems the slump is over. We can expect a $30-$40 million weekend from the supernatural thriller.
Let me know what you think in the comments below. Have you seen it? Is it as good as it looks?