Paranormal Activity 2 reviews are starting to flood in. The first Paranormal Activity 2 reviews came in early yesterday, but the review count is growing now that the movie is out. Select audiences got a sneak peek on midnight Wednesday, and were appropriately freaked out. In fact, the early word was that the sequel freaked out almost as much as the first sleeper hit. Now that more critics are being heard, it appears that scores will be very high, by horror sequel standards.
The horror genre has been crowded with cheap, yet profitable, sequels that cannot be stopped – as the Saw series will further prove next week. Since the original was a surprise smash, it seemed unlikely that the sequel would be just as shocking.
According to early reviews, the franchise may have actually defied expectations again. After midnight screenings, horror movie blogs and websites gave their approval, and now other critics seem pleased as well.
Rotten Tomatoes has had the movie hover at around 80 percent since yesterday. As of 9:30 a.m. today, however, it is back down to 78 percent. Out of 29 reviews, 22 are positive, although the average rating has gone down to 6.7.
Nevertheless, these kind of scores are nearly unprecedented for a horror sequel. The Exorcist, Halloween, The Blair Witch Project, Nightmare on Elm Street, Saw and many more films have suffered from poor follow-ups in the past. Yet the Paranormal Activity 2 reviews suggest that this franchise still has legitimacy left.
The concept of home security cameras filming a haunted house still seems to work for many people. By sticking to what made the original a big hit – and by building on the mythology of the first movie – this sequel has won approval. Of course, this “more of the same” approach is likely to work more on those who liked the first film.
Since so many fans liked the first film, the sequel is bound to have similar success. Good reviews, coupled with a box office triumph over Jackass 3D, is bound to make a third film inevitable. Still, although this horror sequel may have defied the usual odds, could a third film press the franchise’s luck even further?
Whatever the answer is, it is certain audiences will find out next Halloween. For this Halloween, however, the movie seems destined for another spooky triumph. However, Saw 3D is coming out next week to reclaim the late October throne, after the last Saw fell to the new demons on the block last year.
Yet, judging by the review scores, even 3D might not be enough to unseat the new horror icons this time.
Rotten Tomatoes- “Paranormal Activity 2”