Here's a teaser trailer for Paranormal Activity 2, the followup to last year's low-budget blockbuster smash. (It cost $15K to make, and grossed $110M.) What's different? Well, there are more cameras. Plus there's a dog. And a baby!
Which I guess raises the stakes? No one wants to see a dog and a baby get hurt by (SPOILER ALERT, DON'T READ PAST THIS IF YOU HAVEN'T SEEN THE FIRST ONE OR CARE ABOUT WHAT THE THING'S ABOUT) demonic suburban girlfriends. Yes, there is an image of a woman in the teaser that appears to be the turned-evil-in-the-end Katie from the first one. Apparently she's been roaming the San Diego suburbs this whole time, unmolested by police or priests or overzealous imm'grunt huntin' Minutemen. So good for her! Bad for the baby.
I don't know about you guys but I'm not thaaaat into the whole "found footage" videocam/security cam aesthetic these movies go for. It's not really that it's so unpleasant to look — it is — it's more the whole zeitgeist around them. Those commercials for the original PA where they show the audience cowering and shrieking? I just don't like the whole "This Could Be Real" nonsense with horror movies. It worked once and only once, for the Blair Witch Project, and even that only worked for a little while. The worst offender in this trend was the trailer for The Fourth Kind, in which Milla Jovovich spoke frankly and plainly to the audience, as "actress Milla Jovovich," and told us that what we were about to see was basically real. Feh! If you're supposed to describe a movie as "freaky" instead of "scary," I don't want to see it. The only thing that should ever be "freaky" is a Friday, and that's a fact.