Paranormal Activity 2

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Overview

The sequel to the low-budget blockbuster Paranormal Activity takes place a few months before the events of the first film. Katie Katie Featherston, the much put-upon leading lady in the original, has a sister living in an upscale Los Angeles suburb named Kristi Sprague Grayden. Kristi has a new baby son, Hunter; a likable lug of a husband named Daniel Brian Boland, who owns several fast-food joints; a teenage stepdaughter from her hubby's first marriage, Ali Molly Ephraim; and a large, friendly dog. As the family...
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Overview

The sequel to the low-budget blockbuster Paranormal Activity takes place a few months before the events of the first film. Katie Katie Featherston, the much put-upon leading lady in the original, has a sister living in an upscale Los Angeles suburb named Kristi Sprague Grayden. Kristi has a new baby son, Hunter; a likable lug of a husband named Daniel Brian Boland, who owns several fast-food joints; a teenage stepdaughter from her hubby's first marriage, Ali Molly Ephraim; and a large, friendly dog. As the family gets used to the new arrival, strange noises are heard late at night and when they come home from an outing, they discover the house has been trashed, even though none of their valuables have been stolen. Daniel responds by installing a security system and a network of surveillance cameras, though that doesn't stop the noises or the Latino housekeeper's insistence that spirits lurk in the home. When Katie and her boyfriend, Micah Micah Sloat, stop by for a visit, they discuss the strange goings-on with Kristi; the women of the house believe supernatural forces are at work, while the men find that notion ridiculous. That doesn't last long, as the spirits get noisier and angrier, especially when Ali begins doing some research on the subject, and before long the safety of the household is being threatened on several fronts, possibly due to some dirty dealings in the family's distant past.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Mark Deming
There are several schools of thought regarding sequels to horror movies, and one of the most commonly held was best expressed by noted drive-in movie critic Joe Bob Briggs, who wrote, "If you're gonna make a sequel, make a sequel. Bring the dead people back to life and do it all over again." Sure, that might not sound very imaginative, but the notion of changing everything up and starting from scratch doesn't always work so well. After The Blair Witch Project became one of the biggest bonanzas in indie horror history, the producers decided to take a completely different approach with the sequel, Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2, and ended up with a movie so bad and so thoroughly off-putting it killed off a potential franchise in its opening weekend. Writer and director Oren Peli scored a success similar to The Blair Witch Project with his high-concept, low-budget hit Paranormal Activity, and for the sequel he's played it smart -- Paranormal Activity 2 carefully follows the stylistic template of the original, but adds just enough new wrinkles and plays on just enough of the details of the original that most folks who dug the first film are sure to enjoy it, even if it doesn't add much to the formula and lacks the freshness of the first film. Paranormal Activity 2 was shot on a significantly larger budget than the first movie, and this time around the film has more than two main characters, making the human interactions noticeably more complex. Also, while everything in Paranormal Activity was supposed to have been shot by one of the two protagonists, in the sequel several characters have video cameras, and a battery of surveillance equipment gives director Tod "Kip" Williams taking over from Peli more angles to work with, but this still follows the gambit of folks documenting themselves while demons are making their lives miserable. In this case, the story takes place a few months before the events of the first film, and we discover that Katie Katie Featherston, the much put-upon leading lady in the original, has a sister living in an upscale Los Angeles suburb named Kristi Sprague Grayden. Kristi has a new baby son, Hunter; a likable lug of a husband named Daniel Brian Boland, who owns several fast-food joints; a teenage stepdaughter from her hubby's first marriage, Ali Molly Ephraim; and a large, friendly dog. As the family gets used to the new arrival, strange noises are heard late at night and when they come home from an outing, they discover that the house has been trashed, even though none of their valuables have been stolen. Daniel responds by installing a security system and a network of surveillance cameras, though that doesn't stop the noises or the Latino housekeeper's insistence that spirits lurk in the home. When Katie and her boyfriend, Micah Micah Sloat, stop by for a visit, they discuss the strange goings-on with Kristi; the women of the house believe supernatural forces are at work, while the men find that notion ridiculous. That doesn't last long, as the spirits get noisier and angrier, especially when Ali begins doing some research on the subject, and before long the safety of the household is being threatened on several fronts, possibly due to some dirty dealings in the family's distant past. While Williams isn't quite as scrupulous as Peli in making it clear that everything we see is being photographed by one of his characters, Paranormal Activity 2 follows the lead of the original quite carefully and uses its "found footage" visual strategy to its advantage, though the film looks noticeably cleaner and sharper than the debut, even as a patina of digital grain is added in the interest of realism. The movie's special effects are also considerably more elaborate, though the use of CGI is subtle and the film has its feet planted more firmly in the real world than the average contemporary horror movie overflowing with impossible images. Screenwriter Michael R. Perry subtly picks up on minor details from the original film and works them into the story here as well as adding a few interesting sidetracks of his own, even as the story walks on far more familiar ground than the original -- the nosy teenage daughter, the oblivious husband, the ethnic character who understands the supernatural, and the pet that knows evil when it smells it are all pretty standard stuff in horror screenplays, but Williams and his cast bring enough naturalism to the film that it's hard to quibble about such details. And at a time when the "torture porn" cycle of horror movies has threatened to wipe out subtlety once and for all, Paranormal Activity 2 is, like its predecessor, a welcome exercise in suspense that brings out fear, unease, and a few real shocks in an understated manner without hitting viewers over the head with the terror of what's onscreen. Paranormal Activity 2 is never as interesting or as absorbing as Oren Peli's original, but the people who made it clearly understand what made that film work, and they respect its craft and its vision just enough to come up with a movie that works the same way. It's good enough to make Paranormal Activity 3 seem like a welcome prospect, which is a whole lot more than anyone has ever said about a third Blair Witch flick.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/8/2011
  • UPC: 097361166445
  • Original Release: 2010
  • Rating:

  • Source: Paramount
  • Presentation: Director's Cut / Wide Screen / Uncensored / Bonus DVD
  • Sound: DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Time: 3:09:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 22,099

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Katie Featherston Katie
Micah Sloat Micah
Brian Boland Daniel Rey
Molly Ephraim Ali Rey
Sprague Grayden Kristi Rey
Seth Ginsberg Brad
William Juan Prieto Hunter Rey
Jackson Xenia Prieto Hunter Rey
Vivis Martine
David Bierend Surveillance Camera Expert
Technical Credits
Tod Williams Director
Mark Binder Sound/Sound Designer
Jason Blum Producer
Peter A. Brown Sound/Sound Designer
Kristin M. Burke Costumes/Costume Designer
Akiva Goldsman Executive Producer
Michael Hothorn Casting
Christopher Landon Screenwriter
Zsolt Magyar Sound Mixer
James Moran Asst. Director
Tom Pabst Screenwriter
Oren Peli Producer
Michael R. Perry Original Story, Screenwriter
Gregory Plotkin Editor
Steven Schneider Executive Producer
Michael Simmonds Cinematographer
Jennifer Spence Production Designer
Amir Zbeda Co-producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Paranormal Activity 2
1. Chapter 1 [4:53]
2. Chapter 2 [3:18]
3. Chapter 3 [4:43]
4. Chapter 4 [6:08]
5. Chapter 5 [3:28]
6. Chapter 6 [6:32]
7. Chapter 7 [3:35]
8. Chapter 8 [8:54]
9. Chapter 9 [7:17]
10. Chapter 10 [7:43]
11. Chapter 11 [3:42]
12. Chapter 12 [8:54]
13. Chapter 13 [7:01]
14. Chapter 14 [10:47]
15. Chapter 15 [5:25]
16. Chapter 16 [5:29]
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted December 7, 2011

    Best Movie Ever!

    Do you want the socks scared off of you? Then this is the movie for you! I like this movie because its plot is exciting, it made me jumpy, and it¿s actual security camera footage. This movie is interesting because it includes the girl from the first ¿Paranormal Activity.¿ This movie is abut Katie¿s (the girl from the first movie) younger sister, Christi. It also features Christi¿s husband, Michael, her step-daughter (Michael¿s daughter from another marriage), Alli, and their newborn baby, Hunter. There has been a ghost haunting Katie and Christi ever since they were little girls. It killed their mom and their mom¿s boyfriend and now it is out to get them. The movie starts with baby Hunter coming home, two days after he was born and Alli is recording everything with a small HD handheld camcorder. Later on, strange things start to happen. Then, when they are out in there pool with Christi¿s sister and her boyfriend, Micah and there is a break-in. What they didn¿t know is that it was actually the ghost. They then decided to get security cameras. Those are what capture the ghost activity at night. Then, one night, the nanny, Marteen, was watching Hunter and she started to hear banging when no one was home. She got freaked out so she picked up Hunter and tries to get the ghost out of the house. The family comes home to find Marteen going around the house with baby Hunter, blessing the house with smoke. They fired her because they thought the smoke was bad for the baby. It made me REALLY jumpy because it would be really quiet and then, all of a sudden, BAM! Something would make you jump. By the time you are done watching this, you are afraid something is in YOUR house! This movie will have you jumping every few seconds! If you like getting scared, then this is the movie for you! What makes this movie REALLY good is that the actors aren¿t actors. This is actual security camera and handheld camcorder footage from their house. These people are real, NOT ACTORS! If you have seen the first movie, then you should already know this. At the end of the first movie, it says ¿The whereabouts of Katie remain unknown.¿ At the end of this movie, it says ¿Alli returned home from a class trip the next morning and found Michael and Christi¿s bodies. The whereabouts of Katie and Hunter remain unknown.¿ It also shows their real deaths but they are not graphic. In conclusion, this movie is great but not for kids under the age of 13 because of the bad language. If you enjoy getting scared, then you NEED this movie! Why are you still reading this? Get in your car! Go to the video store! Buy this movie!!!!!

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  • Posted November 24, 2011

    Awesome

    This movie was great i loved how the special effects were amazing. to get a baby to pull up or just to have people flying.The action was great to.The actors did great, how they looked so scared. and to get the dog to work.And the blood. how they got the blood from the dog being bitten to on the door. and the scratches on the door had blood all over it. and that is why i love this movie.

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  • Posted November 21, 2011

    AWESOME

    This movie was great the special effects were very realilistic, the actors potrayed their roles very well, and the story was put together exceptionaly well

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  • Posted February 24, 2011

    Jump parts no scares

    This move has 100 parts that make you jump and is not scary. But, very well made.

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