Ali Rey: I don't know if the house is haunted, but I hope it is.
"In 2009 you demanded it. Nothing can prepare you for what's next."
Through two films in the Paranormal Activity franchise, it is still fresh, fun and creepy. The franchise is no longer terrifying though. This just doesn't match the scare factor of the first, but it still manages to have a lot of creepy moments. Paranormal Activity 2 is actually a prequel to Paranormal Activity, and I must say, a not too bad prequel at that.
Okay, so the way they tied the story of Katie and Micah into the second film isn't perfect; Katie's sister is experiencing the hauntings before her. There are tons of plot holes with this, like you'd expect to remember Micah saying to Katie in the first film, "Hey, wasn't this shit happening to your sister?" but to be fair the filmmakers had no way of knowing that Paranormal Activity was going to be the mega hit it was. They were just having some fun with a small budget and couldn't have planned for a sequel. So I can forgive the gaping plot holes that this story creates in the story. And if you can forgive those too, I think you'll be able to enjoy a nice little twist near the end.
After the arrival of a new baby is when we first meet the family. They live in a nice house in Los Angeles. Not to long after first meeting them, a "break in" occurs while everyone is away; nothing is taken, but everything is tossed around. So the family decides to put in 24 hour surveillance cameras throughout the house and outside. This has its advantages and disadvantages. The advantages are that we now have different angles and positions in the house where we can see what is going on. The disadvantages, is that it takes away a lot of that unknown suspense that the first one had. When we heard bangs in the first film, we would have to wait to see what was going on because Micah would have to go pick up his camera and then go to wherever the noise was coming from. Here, we hear a noise and we jump from camera to camera, investigating what is going on. Not as effective in the scare department, but still cool.
With the number of sequels that are bound to come out, it will be interesting to see how long this series remains watchable. Through two, the series is great and hopefully the third will be good also. Since we are going to see an endless amount of sequels anyway, I hope at some point it goes back to its roots, where the makers try to make it as simple and with as little money as possible because the bigger the budget gets, the less and less scary these movies are going to be.