"Another Depressing Finish"
What You Need To Know:
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.
(OOO, CC, B, LLL, VV, S, N, A, M) Very strong occult worldview where an evil demon haunting a family eventually wins when the family lets its guard down after finally appearing to banish the demon using Christian symbols (there is some doubt as to whether the protagonists were just using the symbols to transfer the demon to another person, so we will give the movie three OOOs and two CCs but only one B), and the ending includes demon possession and teenagers fool around with a Ouija board in one scene; 27 obscenities (including about 15 “f” words), five strong profanities and 12 light profanities; strong scary violence involving an invisible demon, including loud sudden noises, two pans fall on their own, cupboards suddenly burst open, demon moves baby outside crib and baby crawls up and down steps and walks around on its own after the demon has locked his teenager sister out of the house, demon drags woman down stairs and into basement and she emerges hours later but with a bite mark on her thigh, demon injures dog off screen, man fights demon in darkened basement as his baby son walks around, and two murders by demon; light reference to bed where baby was conceived, joke made about spirits and demons wanting sex, and husband and wife briefly discuss having sexual relations in two scenes; brief upper male nudity and female cleavage, including when women wear bikinis at backyard pool; alcohol use; no smoking or drugs; and, female lead’s sister lives with her boyfriend, and a teenager is at first excited about being haunted by what she thinks is a ghost.
PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 2 is a follow-up to last year’s hit. Its only goal is to provide scares, so it lacks the artistic gravitas to go beyond that simplistic goal. Regrettably, the invisible demon in the series still seems to be winning, so that too limits its potential.
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.