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]