Paranormal Activity 2 (2010)
This film begins a few months before the events of the first installment, and centres around the family of Katie’s sister. After they experience what appears to be a break-in, they install security cameras all over their home, and begin to have strange, disturbing experiences.
The movie suffers a bit from sequilitis. The dread-building methods it recycles from the first one still work, but to a lesser degree. The first film also benefited from taking place predominantly in a bedroom, a place of safety and intimacy being invaded. This one features more locations (within the home), which serves to diffuse the fear somewhat. The story is married to the first movie’s in a way that’s smart, but too neat. There is also a higher level of expository dialogue this time around.
Despite all this, it remains a scary film that got under my skin. The best scene doesn’t show us anything supernatural; it relies entirely on the reactions of a child, and is that much more effective for it.