The Paranormal Phenomenon Returns

I wrote about Paranormal Activity about this time last year, and I noticed today that the trailer for the second film popped up on youtube.  Below is a link.

I loved Paranormal Activity.  It scared the crap out of me, almost literally.  It is out on DVD now, but as any true horror fan will tell you, it loses something when it is not seen in the theatre.  Fear and hysteria are group mechanics.  If you haven’t seen it by now, the best time to watch it will be later at night, in the complete dark, and with a living room full of friends.

I can only hope this is the beginning of a “return to the roots” for horror films.  So called “torture porn” (see” SAW 2 and beyond, and Hostel part 1 and 2)   had its run, now lets get to the really scary stuff.

7 Responses to “The Paranormal Phenomenon Returns”
  1. theerivs says:

    I really didn’t like this film, I really didn’t care for the characters, the guy was way over the top I thought, and hell if the ghost didn’t kill some mofoes, I was ready to hop through the screen and kill them.

    • Firespirit says:

      Ha, yeah. The guy was over the top. But what I liked about it was the suspense. There was so much that was left to the imagination. And the effects were spot on – namely very little. It asked the viewer to invent the horror, rather than the computer animation. Something that I found to be a really nice change of pace.

  2. Pilfkin says:

    Ok, I haven’t seen the original, because I’m fundamentally VERY bad at films with ‘cat jumping out of the closet’ moments. And I’ve chucked coffee down myself watching this trailer…!

    I 100% take your point re suspense over the ‘shock value’ of the other side of the genre a la Saw etc though. I’d rather hyperventilate than watch films which I consider to be… gah, any words will sound judgemental but watching people butchered isn’t ‘fun’ or ‘entertainment’ for me, but I just avoid them without much hassle.

    Thank you for the raise in blood pressure, now I’m off to have a glass of wine 🙂

    • Firespirit says:

      Hehe, sorry about that Pil.

      While I don’t necessarily shy away from killing and gore, I think the whole genre has relied on that aspect far too much as of late. I actually liked the original SAW, but only because the gore and killing was a side plot to the main story. I think it was ingenious. But the negative part of it is that the industry (including the SAW franchise) has repeatedly tried to push the envelope in that area, rather than the actual horror aspect. But I digress. I could rant about it all day. Suffice to say that I really truly hope that the next SAW film will be the last in the series, and that the genre moves more to this type of horror.

      It doesn’t take two gallons of fake blood and heads rolling to get me screaming. It only takes a few moments of silence, and a plot that allows me to imagine an infinite number of possibilities, and of course a simple ruffle or thump in the night won’t hurt either.

  3. theerivs says:

    You want scary, see the original Haunting, in black and white. I was so scared as a kid, I tried to sleep with my hands under the blankets at all times, if you see the movie you’ll no why.

    I don’t think there was an once of blood in the movie.

  4. Nymesis says:

    Yeah, I watched it with my wife and at one point I had to turn to her and say something to the effect of, “If I wake up suddenly and you’re doing that, I’m just going to come out swinging.” She didn’t find it very funny.

  5. Nymesis says:

    Oh and while we are on this topic, check out on the sequel, Paranormal Activity 2.

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