‘Paranormal Activity 2’ Teaser Trailer

After getting home last night after midnight to a quiet house it was probably a bad idea to watch the teaser trailer for Paranormal Activity 2. My intention to go immediately to bed was foiled by the side-effects of watching the one and a half minute video. Granted the spookiness was increased significantly due to my circumstances at the time. A second viewing the morning after proved to be far less terrifying.

The above anecdote is exactly my concern with a Paranormal Activity sequel. The minimalist terror that director Oren Peli so expertly created in the first film came with diminishing returns on each subsequent viewing. It’s a brilliant gimmick, and makes for a remarkably fun theatrical experience, but the effect wears off. It will be quite a challenge for the franchise’s new director Tod Williams to sustain that terror and come up with new tricks to keep the audience guessing. It will be an especially difficult challenge now that the film has a budget. It will be easy to forgo the outside of the box, low-budget inventiveness and rely on the best special effects that money can buy.

Nevertheless, my hopes for the film are high and the teaser trailer is mostly promising. Much like the previous film’s trailer, this one does not tell us much about the movie. It appears to be set in the same house as the first film with a new family that has a baby and a German Shepherd. The question on everyone’s mind was whether or not Katie Featherston would return for the sequel after her fate seemed to be uncertain at the end of the first. No official cast members have been announced, but the trailer strongly applies that Katie is back.

Turn off the lights and watch it below:

Paranormal Activity 2 will be in theatres on October 22, 2010.

[Source: Screen Rant]

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  • Films can surprise, but I seriously doubt this one will be any good. Sequels are almost never as good as the original film, and in this case the original film was quite simply awful. Perhaps that was because I saw it in the middle of the day, in a well-lit house, but I don’t think so. I saw Polanski’s “Repulsion” under the same conditions, and it scared me to death. Anyway, I wouldn’t expect much, even if you liked the original.

    I do take issue with your “diminishing returns” comments. While I agree that this effect does happen, it’s really not fair to use it as a criticism of a movie. For instance, I’ve seen “Duck Soup” about ten times. I pretty much know every line of dialogue, and because of this I don’t laugh very much at the film anymore. But does this mean it’s not a great movie? Of course not. And every horror movie comes with “diminishing returns”. Once you know what’s going to happen, it’s not as scary. But because of this are the zero great horror movies? Again, no. I’ve seen very few movies that improve on second and third viewings. Indeed, even the great ones can grow tiresome after you’ve seen them six or seven times. So I really don’t think this is a valid criticism.

  • Jose

    I just think it’s great how this triler premiered alongside Eclipse, I wonder what the reactions from the Twihards were like? I enjoyed the first one, found it more suspensful than scary and was laughing during the scenes where the rest of the audiences where screaming, but the trailer looks promising. Anyone else notice how the baby is gone yet his reflection is still there at the end of th teaser? Orhow the words “What is happening to Hunter?” is written on th mirror?

  • @G1000 By “diminishing returns” I mean in terms of a film’s overall quality. Once you get past the jumpy moments in a horror movie you realize the film’s narrative quality. Same thing with a comedy – once you get past the initial laughs you realize if their is any intelligence in the overall plot structure.

    A good movie, like ‘Duck Soup’, allows you to rediscover new laughs with the 10th or 100th viewing and below all of the slapstick you realize that there is a smart political message. Also, just because you’re not laughing out loud doesn’t mean you’re still not convinced the film is funny. I laughed at terrible movies like ‘The Spy Next Door’, but I wouldn’t laugh on a second viewing.

    If the tactic that is used in ‘Paranormal Activity’ continues to be used by sequels, it will lose its effect, hence “diminishing returns.”

    @Jose, I noticed the reflection, but not the writing. Nice catch.

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