Escape to the Movies: Paranormal Activity 2

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Paranormal Activity 2

This week MovieBob takes a frightening look at Paranormal Activity 2.

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I was hoping this one would be scarier then the last. I was kinda disappointed by the first one.

Please don't ever remind about anyone about Blair Witch 2...

Please.

And don't ever stop being such a Nintendo fanboy.

Well, it looked interesting. There goes that idea.

I knew this was going to be bad. The fact that it even exists is evidence enough. Thanks Bob, I know I'm not going to be seeing this now.

The review was exactly what I was expecting him to say, but due to the original's popularity you can still expect Paranormal Activity 3D to hit cinemas next year.
(Though at the VERY least next time it won't be up against Saw.)

Um....i liked Blair Witch 2 more than th'first one....i dunno, i'm just not a fan of the whole "shaky camera to show fear" thing, it damn near gave me motion sickness...and the end wasn't exactly "scary"...

i also liked (what i've seen so far) all the saw films....i guess i'm just the minority (i've only seen I-V btw...haven't gotten ahold of VI, but hopin' to before i see 3D)....

so...yeah...

Onyx Oblivion:
Please don't ever remind about Blair Witch 2...

Please.

Blair Witch 2 never existed, saying to the contrary will result in fingers in ears and "lalalala! im not listening!" Same story with most horror sequels/prequels. Never happened. YOU HEAR ME NEVER!

Meh. This is why I don't do horror flicks. And certainly not horror sequals. Good stuff tho, Bob.

Good to know. I enjoyed the first one, albeit a bit guiltily, but it's nice to know that my concerns about this sequel seem to be pretty valid.

By the way, I don't understand the Saw 3d trailers. Those scenes of people being clamped into the chair in the movie theater and the shit bursting through the screen - is that supposed to be part of the film, or are they just extremely over the top dramatizations of what 3D DOES TO YOUR MIND!!!!?

Well, its about what I expected - But hopefully can still provide a lil bit f fun

I always expect sequels to horror films to be really boring. It's because of basically what Bob said:

1. For it to be a proper sequel it has to be kind of in the same vein as the original.
2. Because of this, watchers of the first one will basically know what goes on, because straying too much won't have the kind of connection necessary for a proper sequel.

I've seen a few horror movies, and they were OK. But Paranormal Activity sounded to me like a cheap attempt at putting horror in an uncomfortably familiar place (an average family home). The thing about horror is that when you're scared once, it's done. The deed is done. That thing probably doesn't scare you much any more. To make a good horror movie, you have to do something a bit different, so that people will actually be surprised and thus, frightened.

good review as always, i kinda figured it wasn't gonna be as good, due to the 'horror movie prt 2' bit though

though loved the NES shout out at the end best, no worrys Bob some of use have not forgotten that beautiful grey brick that made gaming what it is today

I was actually surprised you enjoyed the first one, MovieBob. You said something in this review about the fact that the demon can throw people being spoiled by having seen the first movie, but it was already spoiled for the first movie too, FROM THE COMMERCIALS. If you saw ANY of the commercials for the first movie, you saw the guy getting thrown at the camera, which was pretty much the "jump-out-of-your-seat" moment the entire movie was building to. It was the only part of the movie that had even any potential to be scary, and they completely ruined it by showcasing that exact shot in all of the commercials. How that didn't ruin the first movie for you, MovieBob, I don't know, but it sure as hell did for me.

Wonder if it will be a trilogy or not.

Good review. I wasn't expecting it to be good. Y'know, because the first one was one less scary than an episode of Goosebumps.

THEAFRONINJA:
Good review. I wasn't expecting it to be good. Y'know, because the first one was one less scary than an episode of Goosebumps.

Hey, don't joke about Goosebumps! That stuff still scares my cat.

OT: I'm not really into horror anyway. Still, this looks horrible. Its popularity however may end up with a third move being put out there. Probably in 3D. Probably even worse. Yup, no money of mine is going towards this.

Have there been any good horror movie sequels ever?

By the way, not a rhetorical question, I would actually like to know.

Well my girlfriend is gonna hate this...not the movie, just the fact that now I kind of wanna skip it.

Your life was saved by the Nintendo R.O.B? That sounds like it should be its own video of Game Overthinker...

Scrumpmonkey:

Onyx Oblivion:
Please don't ever remind about Blair Witch 2...

Please.

Blair Witch 2 never existed, saying to the contrary will result in fingers in ears and "lalalala! im not listening!" Same story with most horror sequels/prequels. Never happened. YOU HEAR ME NEVER!

.........thats what people do when I mention The Matrix Reloaded and Revolutions!

what is this conspiracy! if we pretend bad sequels/prequels dont exist, then we wouldnt have BAD MOVIE NIGHT!

OT: hey, could of been worse.

They could of given it the Blair Witch 2 treatment and thrown away any shead of a "found footage" film.

......would that of actually made this film better though?

I kinda figured the thrill would be diluted with a sequel. I am most likely not going to see this in a theater, but it's still getting thrown onto my netflix queue.

there was a blair witch project 2?! huh, i guess its existence was covered up pretty well.

Never cared for horror movies really.

MovieBob:
Never Forget 9-18-85

Um I didn't even know about 9-18-85.
EDIT: I do now, even though it's actually 10-18-85.

the Dept of Science:
Have there been any good horror movie sequels ever?

By the way, not a rhetorical question, I would actually like to know.

Saw II, apparently.
a better question would be, have there been any good movie sequels after # 2.

EDIT actually, besides saw II i can't think of any.

Ehh. I don't regret my decision in rushing out to go see it. It was just 'okay'.

Onyx Oblivion:
Please don't ever remind about Blair Witch 2...

Please.

And don't ever stop being such a Nintendo fanboy.

Shhh shhh there there we all know it never existed....ever

Btw He kinda summed up my feelings toward this movie. The moment I saw Paranormal Activity 2 the only thing you here come from me is just a huge exasperated sigh of "UGH, another horror sequel".

yeah i gotta agree with Movie Bob on this one, Gimmick horrors are lame to be wasting money on a second time.

HankMan:
Never cared for horror movies really.

MovieBob:
Never Forget 9-18-85

Um I didn't even know about 9-18-85.
EDIT: I do now, even though it's actually 10-18-85.

Wait isn't that the date Re-animator came out? One of my favorite stories by H.P.Lovecraft?!

:D

I have a hard time comparing saw to paranormal activity, paranormal activity is suppose to be scary and saw is suppose to be gross. And both was damn good in what they was suppose to do.

I'm curious about R.O.B. now...

There was a Blair Witch Project 2? Why haven't I already heard of this?

The first one was hilarious...maybe if I watch the second one I'll laugh harder. Or lose all faith in humanity once again.

Oh great, Katie AND Mikah are back!? Those two tools completely ruined the first movie. Mikah especially was such an over exaggerated version of the "I'M SUPPOSED TO BE UNLIKEABLE UNTIL THE LAST HALF HOUR OF THE MOVIE!" character.

My reaction to the ending: "Oh, those two asshats are dead? Well, it's about damn time!"

Bob managed to go an entire review of a bad movie without mentioning The Expendables? Holy shit, it's a freaking miracle.

I'm actually not surprised at Bob's review, at all, see, he's got a point, almost every single horror movie sequel is just a crappy rehash of the first one. I made that mistake quite a few times, when I saw The Ring 2 and a couple of others (trying not to mention certain other movie about a witch in... Blair...), I gave up on horror sequels already. That's why I'm on very low expectations on the upcoming The Thing movie.

Although there are a few couple of exceptions, 98% of the time is true, sequels in horror movies, equals BAD.

Nice review btw and kudos for the NES shout out at the end, fellow Nintendo lover.

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