More or less a prequel to the first film, “Paranormal Activity 2” is another “found footage” offering detailing one family’s struggles against the paranormal.
Although not at first apparent, the bulk of this film takes place before the first and we find later that our protagonists, Kristi and Dan, are the sister and brother-in-law of Katie, from the first film. At first that seemed like a reach, but the way the writer chose to connect the stories is nothing short of chilling – as is the ending of this film.
The story unfolds much as the first did, starting slowly and gradually becoming stranger and stranger until it boils over at the end. This movie finds its footing a bit more quickly than the first did and many will be haunted by the central story and the addition of young baby Hunter to the tale, but beyond that it’s the same as the original. There were some minor issues and logical lapses – most of which can be contributed to “dad’s” disbelief in the whole thing, but if you liked the first, you’ll love this one.