PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 2
Another Depressing Finish
Release Date: October 22, 2010
Starring: Sprague Grayden, Brian Boland,
Molly Ephraim, Katie
Featherstone, Micah Short,
Audience: Older teenagers to adults
Runtime: 91 minutes
Distributor: Paramount Pictures/Viacom
Director: Tod Williams
Executive Producer: Steven Schneider and Akiva
Producer: Oren Peli and Jason Plum
Writer: Michael R. Perry, Christopher
Landon and Tom Pabst
Address Comments To:Sumner Redstone, Chairman/CEO, Viacom
Brad Grey, Chairman/CEO
John Lesher, President
Paramount Film Group
5555 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90038-3197
Phone: (323) 956-5000
The movie begins at the home of Kristi, the sister of the young woman from the first movie, Katie. Kristi has just had her new baby, Hunter. Teenage Ali is Hunter’s stepsister since her father Dan’s first wife has died.
A year later, a demon starts haunting Kristi and Dan’s home, focusing on the baby’s room. As the days go slowly by, Ali begins to suspect that the demon wants Hunter because of a pact Kristi and Katie’s mother may have made. Dan doesn’t believe in the supernatural, however, until events force him to take action. Is he too late?
As noted, PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 2 is an effective scare machine, though it takes its time to get to the meat of the matter. The problem is, once again there is plenty of strong foul language, along with several sexual references. The bigger problem, however, is that the demon eventually wins. This happens when the family lets its guard down after finally appearing to banish the demon using Christian symbols. Like the first movie, the ending is very depressing, anti-climactic and abhorrent, so the sequel is another waste of time and money.
PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 2’s only goal is to provide scares, so it lacks the artistic gravitas to go beyond that simplistic target. Though the movie meanders a bit, it is very scary when it gets to the meat of the story. The problem is, once again there’s plenty of strong foul language and several sexual references. The bigger problem, however, is that the demon eventually wins in another very depressing, abhorrent ending. This happens when the family lets its guard down after finally appearing to banish the demon using Christian symbols.