Paranormal Activity 2 Review

Paranormal Activity 2 will get inside your head and stay there.

If the first Paranormal Activity felt somewhat psychologically invasive, then this is full-blown mentally possessive. That's everything that fans and purveyors of "real" horror worldwide have been hoping for though. Paranormal Activity 2 delivers on every single promise that the first film made—and then some. Not only is it one of the scariest films of the year, it's one of the scariest films of all time.

The premise doesn't differ that much from that of last year's runaway smash hit. This time, however, a family and, most specifically, a baby named Hunter, are the "targets" of something supernatural. With original visionary Oren Peli's deft hand guiding the production, filmmaker Tod Williams builds an ere of dread from early on.

Certainly there are the requisite "jump-scares," but it's the atmosphere that makes Paranormal Activity 2 so delightfully terrifying. The central family isn't ever safe from their invisible tormentors, even in broad daylight. Lifting that security blanket completely, Williams creates a vibe of uneasiness that's scarier than any boogeyman that may or may not be there. Peli allows the audience just a tad closer to the reasons why this happening, but he never lets on enough to ruin the mystique. Delving into some of the Satanic occult back story simply makes for a richer story and deeper.

Don't expect anything to be genuinely explained though and that's what makes Paranormal Activity 2 such a classic exercise in terror.

There's also something undeniably scary about a baby in danger. Hunter is adorable, but this evil entity wants him. Watching Hunter and his dog helpless in the night on the film's security cameras is one of the most gut-wrenching parts of the film. Whatever's after Hunter has no regard for the fact that he's a baby and will torment him just as much as his confused parents. Peli is dealing with true evil again

The performances, especially from Sprague Grayden, are all personal, tangible and emotionally unnerving—just as they should be. Grayden especially stands out, and this is some of her best work. However, at the end of the day, Paranormal Activity 2 is scarier than Paranormal Activity because Peli and Williams build an environment where evil knows no bounds. That lack of safety at the place that should be safest—home—creates an experience.

This isn't just a film, this is another horror revolution. To reveal anymore would be a disservice, you need to let Paranormal Activity 2 possess you. Don't miss out, this is one everyone will be talking about.

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