Saturday, October 29, 2011

Halloween Reviews : PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 1 & 2 (2009-2010)

Another horror franchise that seems to be capable of an infinite number of sequels is "Paranormal Activity". This year the third installment opened in the US and was met with enthusiasm by audiences. So much so, that the movie achieved the highest grossing opening week-end for a horror, in the history of cinema, only a year after the second one broke the same record. So, with "Paranormal Activity 3" still in theaters and Halloween fast-approaching, here are the reviews for the first two movies (with links to the complete posts) :

  • PARANORMAL ACTIVITY (2009) - I'm sure you've experienced at least one or two of these Camcorder horror movies. The set up is incredibly simple. You take a group of people, equip them with some sort of filming equipment and put them smack in the middle of some terrifying situation. After they die, and they will die, the resulting recording is apparently collected and displayed for your viewing pleasure. This mockumentary style has done much better than anyone expected. To trace the trend you would have to go all the way back to "Cannibal Holocaust" (1980), though if you'd prefer something a little more popular, 1999's "Blair Witch Project" will suffice. (READ MORE)

  • PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 2 (2010) - It was clear as day that Paramount would orchestrate a sequel to the 2009 surprise hit "Paranormal Activity". Hell, even "The Blair Witch Project" had a sequel. A really bad one, but a sequel, nonetheless. "Paranormal Activity 2" is not like that one, though. It doesn't attempt to change the rules of the game. That would have been a recipe for disaster. The camcorder first-person experience is back and upgraded. It's just too bad that they couldn't devise a more interesting story. (READ MORE)

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