The sequel to my favorite film of 2009 is right around the corner. Paranormal Activity is one of the most entertaining theatrical experiences I’ve ever had. Watching it in a packed theater was the very definition of popcorn movie.
It was a blast.
Yet due to films like Blair Witch 2: Book of Shadows and the never ending Saw franchise, a lot of people are skeptical about Paranormal Activity 2.
Some sequels just don’t deliver.
Can it possibly deliver on the incredible originality of the first?
Will it be as frightening?
I think Paranormal Activity 2 will be everything and more. At least I hope it will.
I’m not saying the film will DEFINITELY be among the greatest horror films of all time but I’m not in it for awards. I just want it to be as entertaining and suspenseful as the first.
When I was sitting in that theater clinching the arm rest, the entire crowd had the same mind set. Every time the shot of their bedroom graced the screen we all squirmed in our seats. Something messed up was about to happen.
That amazing level of anticipation throughout made it a classic in my eyes. I had a huge smile on my face the entire time.
I’m sincerely hoping that the second chapter can achieve the same level of terror. I was afraid to be home alone for weeks and I lived by myself at the time!
I want to be frightened like that again and the second trailer certainly helped feed my craving for more.
Of course, there is a chance the film won’t capture the same magic. In fact, it’s almost impossible with the amount of hype the first film had behind it.
The way I see it, as long as they don’t simply rehash the same types of scares or go too over the top, I’m good.
Why do I think it will be a worthy successor?
The baby alone shows the studio is willing to ramp up the suspense. You know people are going to cringe when they see those scenes. (As long as they aren’t so unbelievably over the top that they become humorous.)
I think horror fans in general have been let down a lot over the years with sequels that basically cash in on franchises that begin with so much promise.
I adored the first saw film. I gave up after part 4 but that’s the point. I still showed up for 3 more before I needed something new come Halloween. The sequels felt rushed and forced but that’s exactly how they were made. Rushed and forced onto the silver screen with little thought on how to make them better.
I’m always going to root for original horror films rather than sequels and remakes. It’s always more fun to discover something new. However, there is also a unique ‘fun factor’ in rediscovering worlds that you love.