Star cast: Sprague Grayden, Brian Boland, Molly Ephraim, Katie Featherston.
Plot: A family, that has just moved into a new house, installs security cameras in the house after a break-in. But weird incidents continue to happen. Soon, they realise that they are being haunted by a demon.
What’s Good: The scary story and the nerve-wrecking climax.
What’s Bad: The screenplay takes a lot of time to build up; some viewers may get bored.
Verdict: Paranormal Activity 2 might not be as novel as its prequel, Paranormal Activity, but it certainly is as scary.
Loo Break: During the initial few reels.
Watch or Not?: Watch it for the chills it offers; a midnight show is recommended.
Blumhouse Productions, Room 101 and Paramount Pictures’ Paranormal Activity 2 is the sequel to 2007’s Hollywood horror hit, Paranormal Activity. The story of Paranormal Activity 2 chronologically precedes that of the original, in which Micah (Micah Sloat) and his girlfriend, Katie (Katie Featherston), try to capture on tape the paranormal incidents happening in their bedroom. Many nights later, their lives meet with a horrific fate.
Paranormal Activity 2 begins with husband and wife, Daniel (Brian Boland) and Kristi (Sprague Grayden), moving into a new house with their daughter, Ali (Molly Ephraim), infant son, Hunter, and a German Shepherd dog, Abby. They also have a Spanish maid, Martine (Vivis Cortez) who takes care of the infant.
Kristie’s sister, Katie, and the latter’s boyfriend, Micah, often visit the family and all of them have a good time. Hunter is also growing up and has started walking around the house. One day, their home is broken into and vandalised but nothing is stolen. Finding Kristie unnerved, Daniel installs security cameras in the house. The next day, when Martine and Hunter are alone in the house, Martine hears some weird sounds coming from the basement. She tries to “keep out the bad spirits” by burning incense sticks and mumbling prayers. But Daniel is not pleased and Martine is asked to leave. Ali is excited that they are being contacted by a ghost. She alongwith her boyfriend, Brad (Seth Ginsberg), even tries to communicate with the paranormal spirit.
Soon enough, both, Kristie and Ali, start experiencing strange incidents – Ali is locked out of the house, Kristie hears strange sounds all the time, Hunter keeps looking at the roof etc. Ali even shows her dad the footage from the security cameras to prove her point, but Daniel does not pay heed to their warnings. A scared Kristie, in the meantime, discusses the strange incidents with her sister and asks if these might be connected with their childhood nightmares. Katie is furious and asks Kristie to ignore all this, lest it gets to her mind. What really happened in Katie and Kristie’s childhood? Is their home haunted? What happens to Daniel and Hunter, who are oblivious to the obvious paranormal activity in their house? The latter part of the film reveals the rest.