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Paranormal Activity 2

In my hometown of Kitchener, on a road named “Trussler,” there was once an abandoned home. This mysterious abode was eclipsed by a sea of parched trees and wiry bramble. Few knew of its existence, fewer still ever entered, and I was one of the last.

One afternoon some friends and I broke into this eerie household. The place was a dust-covered portrait of the past, spooky but seemingly safe, that is until we entered the basement. That rotting dirt-floored cellar was empty save for a chest-freezer standing against its lone-windowless-wall. As we approached the appliance we noticed a suspended wire keeping it open. We carelessly snapped it. It fell suddenly, and a large crudely-cut hole in the concrete greeted our eyes. It stared off into an abyss of sadistic possibilities, and like our imaginations we ran away in fear.

Fear: a crippling emotion that we nevertheless love to entertain. Paranormal Activity 2: a gripping film wherein the feeling of fear is shared by all. Yes, Paranormal Activity 2 is the frightening follow-up sure to scare the shit out of anyone! A year ago the masses demanded it, and on Saturday I was forced to endure its prequel. This handy-cam extravaganza revolves around a family, a house, and an inherited curse. It masters the space it’s concerned with by showcasing it as an inescapable den of horrors. It terrorizes with sound by producing some of the most haunting bass-lines in audio history. It attacks two human senses, but seems to paralyze them all.

Like that house on Trussler, this movie enveloped me within the walls of evil. However, unlike that basement I ran from, this movie worked to take me further down the stairs. The build-up is slow but the pay-off… amazing! For two scenes alone this movie is worth the investment.

Horror sometimes is all about the details. That old house on Trussler was scary because of its details. In this movie it is never fully explained why this family is being demonically attacked. The suggestion of a past family transgression is the only insight into why their haunting endures. How this family is being attacked is what’s intriguing: mysteriously moving mobiles; curiously placed pool cleaners; and self-closing doors are just a prefix to the paranormal instore here.

The suffix is simply this: the family curse is far from over. The fear is still alive, and I’m left starring into the abyss that is my life at the movies.

Comments

  • Anonymous

    Loved both part 1 & 2 (although I’m still more partial to the first as it feels even more real!). I remember you telling that story and I have many of my own to relate. These movies get under your skin in a way most horror movies not, realism. The movie feels like it could really be happenening! Think I might go back and watch the Exorcist as well…..maybe not!

  • Anonymous

    Loved both part 1 & 2 (although I’m still more partial to the first as it feels even more real!). I remember you telling that story and I have many of my own to relate. These movies get under your skin in a way most horror movies not, realism. The movie feels like it could really be happenening! Think I might go back and watch the Exorcist as well…..maybe not!

  • Anonymous

    No way in hell am I watching the Exorcist again! That green-bile-barfin-crucifix-humpin-neck-twistin-problem-child is not getting any more of my time!!! I loved this movie if it isn’t that clear in the post. First time I was genuinely terrified in years!!! Can’t wait for the sequel.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Adam-Wood/541180607 Adam Wood

    That lone house on Trussler was something else, once was enough for me. The 2 things that honestly scare me (besides arachnids) is anything demonic and not knowing how to defeat the bad guy … this movie had both – Thanks Godfrizzle for sharing

    • Anonymous

      Did me and Bret take you there? We never got in though did we. The only time I remember breaking into that place was that one time. Place got torn down shortly after.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Adam-Wood/541180607 Adam Wood

        I went a few times, only in the basement once but upstairs a couple times (with Mary and Ashley … don’t remember what dudes were there) – always through the window like a bunch of hoodlums

  • Chris Elliott

    Great piece man. I could barely get through the first one. So before I delve into #2 I should at least challenge myself to finish #1.

    • Anonymous

      I didn’t get to see the first one… long story. Anyways, you gotta see this one in theater. HOLY HELL IS IT GOOD AND SCARY!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000583209773 Sabrina Camp

    just in time for halloween.
    muahhhh hahahaha ;)

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