When I finally got up the courage to watch ‘Paranormal Activity’ on DVD earlier this year, I just didn’t find it all that scary (read my thoughts here). And this is coming from me, the biggest chicken in the world when it comes to scary movies.
I still haven’t watched ‘The Exorcist,’ and likely never will. I always say that life is frightening enough – I don’t need to go to the movies to be scared out of my wits.
So I decided to see ‘Paranormal Activity 2’ in the theater, thinking maybe seeing it on the big screen would up the scary factor. Plus, there was the addition of a baby and a dog. Certainly, you don’t want anything coming after them!
Ok, so the bottom line is I still didn’t find it that scary. Yes, there were a few spots where I jumped out of my seat a little. Yes, I was tensed up the whole time, gripping my cell phone like it would fly out of my hand at any moment (no, I never leave it on – I’m not THAT person).
The story follows a young married couple who experience what they think are a series of break-ins, so they set up security cameras around their home to check things out. As turns out, they’re not break-ins – at least, not the kind we would all think of. If you saw the first movie, you can guess where this is headed. In fact, it sort of IS the first movie, only with the addition of a baby and dog.
One thing I didn’t see coming is the tie-in to the first movie. The married couple is played by Sprague Graydon and Brian Boland – although you’d never know it because it’s not even listed on their IMDB pages or even the official movie site. Graydon plays the sister of Katie, the girl from the first movie, and their family history of demons and hauntings apparently goes back a couple of generations. I’ll just leave it at that, in case you end up seeing the movie.
‘Paranormal Activity 2’ is rated R for some language and brief violent material. Runtime is 91 minutes, and it’s directed by Tod Williams and produced by Oren Peli, who directed and wrote the first movie. It was released in theaters on Oct. 22, 2010.
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