Parents' Guide to

Paranormal Activity 2

By Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Psychological horror sequel just as spooky as the original.

Movie R 2010 91 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 20 parent reviews

age 13+

Terrifying Movie, But For An Older Audience

Great movie but has some language and sexual innuendo in some scenes
age 13+

Paranormal Activity 2

Very jumpy and creepy, but at the same time, intelligent and really does a good job intertwining the original movie into the film's plot.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (20 ):
Kids say (70 ):

It's not quite as good as the first film, but it's a clever idea for a sequel and definitely delivers in the spooky department. For the follow-up to 2009's massive indie horror hit, veteran writer Michael R. Perry and director Tod Williams (The Door in the Floor) take over for original creator Oren Peli (he was a producer this time around). They maintain the style and tone of the original film: The terror remains offscreen and mostly in the imagination of the viewers, more psychological than gory. From that perspective, it's very effective and intense, creating tension with small things like an open door or a spinning mobile over a child's crib.

That said, the characters in PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 2 seem less powerful, though there's an interesting family dynamic going on. And unlike the first film, the demon attacks are somewhat motivated here, which negates the feeling of irrational terror inspired by the first movie -- and actually explains some of the irrational terror of the first film.

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