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Paranormal Activity 2

Year: 2010
Production Co: Blumhouse Productions
Studio: Paramount
Director: Tod Williams
Producer: Oren Peli
Writer: Michael R Perry/Christoipher Landon/Tom Pabst
Cast: Sprague Grayden, Brian Boland, Katie Featherston, Molly Ephraim, Micah Sloat

I remember being really impressed with Poltergeist II: The Other Side when I was a kid because it expanded the story behind Kane and the cemetery underneath the Freeling's house.

I know, I know – it was ropey, but I was only about 15. This film reminded me of it because it gave me the same feeling, about how someone had done a quite good job of expanding the universe of the property and stitching the first film to a wider story.

The wider story here is Katie's sister (mentioned in passing in the first film) her husband, teenage daughter and new baby. It seems a demon has indeed been stalking the family since the girls were kids, and it's because of an ancient curse that sees it wanting the first born male of the family, whom we meet in the opening scenes as they bring baby Hunter home.

But talk of ancient curses and ghosts almost seems not to belong, this is such a clinical and dispassionate document of (hence the title) paranormal activity the way it is in real life, not spirits rattling chains.

As the presence makes itself felt more often and with more power, the results captured on the security system the family installs in the house, the slowly escalating sense of dread from the first film asserts itself. Once more we're treated to some scenes of slow burn fear with sudden but deceptively benign phenomena.

Like the best sequels, it's the same but different and if you liked the first Paranormal Activity, don't let it pass you by.

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