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Paranormal Activity 2 has a smoother narrative, an extended cast, more elaborate special effects and more creative spins on the concept of found footage. The characters are livelier, too. The presence of a baby raises the stakes while adding an element of relatable terror. We understand, fifteen minutes in, that this is in fact a prequel to Paranormal Activity.
The way the cameras are used gives us a clear spatial perspective of the house we are in. Security and handheld devices complement each other in assembling what we assume is a post-edited documentary retelling the events that led to Part 1. This is a good pretext to reinsert dead characters. Katie is sadly her boring self; a sad excuse for a horror icon in the making…
Every aspect of this film is a slight enhancement over the original, but it doesn’t make the film great. It is tense, scary and provides some backstory, but it ends up turning in circles. It cares about continuity, build-up and exposition, but it just won’t give us straight answers. It succeeds where it innovates, but it is generally more of the same.