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Even when nothing is happening, the often dead-silent shots tend to grow scarier the more you look at them.
Rarely is the second film in a horror franchise more frightening than the original, but Paranormal Activity 2 has more innocent victims and more scares than its predecessor.
Demons of mediocrity, be gone! Here we have a shrewd sequel a touch better than the original.
More of the same, for all the good and acceptably routine that that implies.
If you're looking for wicked fun this Halloween, Paranormal Activity 2 is the best goosebump game in town.
And again things go bump and eventually yarrrragghhh in the night.
Without giving anything away, much of the excruciatingly teased-out tension here echoes the first movie without upping the ante.
Anyone who has seen the original knows exactly where things are heading, with the result that the proceedings seem far more manipulative than unnerving.
The clumsy and obvious byproduct of the financial success of its predecessor last Halloween, this movie has no reason for existing except to provide Paramount Pictures with a few extra shekels.
The principle suspense is wondering when the suspense is going to start, as you scan the darkly-lit screen looking for any hint of imminent horror.
A confident, cocky and often comic promenade down the same primrose path.
Paranormal Activity 2 sinks much lower than it needs to in order to get a rush out of us - and in the end, the rush isn't even that great. The movie puts us through the paces with minimal payoff.

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