Paranormal Activity 2 – the sequel

Paranormal Activity is particularly tricky to sequel, I think, because it used a narrative trope that’s especially troublesome for character development, and challenges basic film vocabularies. Yet it succeeded — for me, it’s the film that squeezed the most storytelling success out of the auto-chronicled narrative conceit.

My hope is that the producers of Paranormal Activity 2 spent some time thinking about why Paranormal Activity worked so well, what they did right in their use of the auto-chronicled narrative conceit, and how they can creatively and artistically build on the original to make this sequel as compelling, if not more so, than the original.

Until we get a chance to judge for ourselves, we’ll have to guess from the trailer…

the auto-chronicled narrative conceit

The following is excerpted from my Paranormal Activity review… it’s a portion of the post that I find myself referring to and wanted the passage in its own post for reference. THE LIMITATIONS OF AUTO-CHRONICLING The “auto-chronicled narrative conceit” has its innate issues. It creates a single camera situation shooting in real time (Blair Witch […]

Paranormal Activity Sneak Peek in Santa Clara, CA

Just got a tip from Paramount… If you read my review of Paranormal Activity and are still hoping to catch it, here’s the heads up that it is sneaking STARTING TONIGHT at MIDNIGHT at the: AMC Mercado 3111 Mission College Blvd. Santa Clara! 1-888-AMC-4FUN Directions Mercado Santa Clara Center – Just off 101 Fwy – […]

Paranormal Activity: the review

Paranormal Activity horror film review “Once every five years, a guy makes a movie for a nickel that can cross over to a broad audience,” says “Paranormal Activity” producer Jason Blum, who, as a senior executive at Miramax Films, had a producing credit on “The Reader” and acquired the supernatural thriller “The Others.” “And there […]