Saturday, 23 October 2010
Paranormal Activity 2
Well, on Thursday night I went to see the preview for Paranormal Activity 2 at the local cineworld. I'm a fan of the first movie but when I found out they were making a new one I wasn't very optimistic about it as I didn't see how it was possible to re-use the formula from the original and improve on it, also it seemed a bit rushed as the first one only came out a year ago. There was practically nothing online with any info about the films plot and I only really found out what it was about the day I went to see it.
This time round we have Tod Williams directing while original director Oren Peli is producer and partly wrote the movie.
Now the film is about Katie's (from the original) sister and her family being pursued by the same demon and in particular, their son Hunter. At the beginning of the movie they come home to find that their house has been completely smashed up, but that nothing has been stolen. Fearing that it may happen again they set up security cameras around the house in hope that they can catch something on film.
That's pretty much the basic premise of the film. I don't really want to say much more about the film because I don't want to spoil any of the surprises for you.
To say I was surprised by this film is an understatement. Not only was it a great movie, I would go as far as to say it was a superior film to the original. This film really needs to be seen in the cinema to get the most from it. This is the first time I've went to see a horror film where the audience were totally drawn in. People were screaming left, right and centre even at parts that weren't supposed to be scary. Even me, a hardened horror movie veteran, jumped a few times!
This is one of those rare times when an audience making noise and shouting actually made the movie more enjoyable. All I can say to recommend it is that if you are a fan of the original, go see it now as it really cranks the scares up a notch or two. If you aren't a fan, I think it still has a few cheap scares that would make you jump! There were a couple of grown men sitting beside me covering their ears when it got to the night time scenes and one of them kept shouting "No, NOOO!", everytime the smallest thing happened. It was hilarious!
That's my opinion on Paranormal Activity 2. If you have seen it and have your own opinions, please comment. Even if you haven't seen it and have an opinion, please comment!