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See the Paranormal Activity 2 Trailer NOW!

Last year audiences were thrilled by what some refer to as one of the scariest films they’ve ever seen. Like it or not, Oren Peli’s little movie that could changed ALL of the rules in Hollywood, and the genre has been better for it.

Upon its release the flick even did the unthinkable by ousting the latest entry in the Saw franchise as the go-to Halloween movie event of the year. Critics and fans alike were stunned. For some the hype ruined the experience, for others it helped sell it. No matter which camp you fell into, you have to admit it was one hell of a ride.

Now Paramount gives us the first official teaser trailer for the sequel, which is being directed by Kip Williams. Check it out below, and to stay tuned to all things Paranormal Activity related, keep your eye on the official Paranormal Activity website and follow the film on Twitter (@TweetYourScream)!

Look for the film in theatres October 22nd of this year.

See the Paranormal Activity 2 Trailer NOW!

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  • James Coker

    Honestly GJW i don’t know whether trick r treat 2 is still happening, but like you I will be watching the first one multiple times this october…and the next october…and the next october…and the next october…and the next october…

    • GJW

      Same here bud. I will enjoy,and pay my viewing respects to this kick ass little Halloween flick every year. It used to be I watch Halloween and H2 (THE ORIGINALS!) every year,but this will be added.

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  • James Coker

    Hey GJW here you go
    http://www.flicksnews.net/2009/10/michael-dougherty-planning-trick-r.html

    It’s what Michael Dougherty has stated about his intentions on Trick r Treat 2

  • GJW

    Just putting this out there. Has there been any rumors,whispers,anything on a possible “Trick r Treat 2″?

    -Thanks. I appreciate you responding,but I did read that or something similar as far as “intentions”. I’m wondering where we are at with the project in July 2010. I have heard and can’t not find nothing as far as whether they ARE going to start on two. I hope so. I’ll be watching the first again a few times this October,would love to see a sequel. Thanks again.

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  • Count Zartro

    That is a good point Uncle Creepy on the Micro-budget films getting looked at now.

    Good point.

  • LivingDeadPunk

    I liked the first PA and I’m eager to see this.

    And maybe this is weird, but I think the camera set up they’re apparently going with might give me flashbacks to playing RE for the first time and really get me into it. Fuck, if that dog suddenly jumps through a window into a scene, I am gonna shit my pants. Again.

  • Deacon

    It would be damn near fucking impossible for this to suck any harder than the original…but it sure looks like they’ve given it a helluva try!

  • Sirand

    I hope the film isn’t all done through security cams. It takes away the intimacy that made the first film so damn scary.

  • doubleh55

    The thing is, if everybody hated Paranormal Activity, that movie isn’t hitting 100 million dollars. All the marketing in the world for Snakes on a Plane didn’t help the film because the word of mouth on it was terrible. Sure in the horror circles PA’s word of mouth varied, but the general movie public was scared. And they did use word of mouth. If the world of mouth in the opening weekend was terrible, it would have had a huge drop its second weekend. It did not.

    I have no doubts that the next Saw film will do better than the previous one but I think the general public has grown tired of the Saw films.

    • DeTuinman

      Ok…
      -100 mill means a lott of people paid a ticket…
      It does not mean that all the people who paid liked it.

      -Most people who went to see it are NOT horror fans, the same people who detest Evil Dead, F13, etc…
      In other words, an audience who has never seen anything beyond what is advertised on tv.

      You cannot measure quality with how much money you make from it…

      By your logic, Brittney Spears must be more talented than Beethoven?

      The mind is like a parachute…it only works when it is open.
      F.Zappa

      • doubleh55

        Conversely, you can’t measure quality based on how little money it made but it got a few horror nerds to shit their pants.

        Dude, the point is that a film that nobody knows, with people nobody knows, makes 100 million dollars at the box office means the word of mouth was good. Therefore, a lot of people thought it was good.

        You know what’s pissing me off about this whole thing. If PA made no money at the box office, you horror nerds would be all up in arms about how the general populace are stupid. Suddenly this movie makes a million dollars thanks to the general populace and people are talking about how it sucks.

        • Uncle Creepy

          Yep. Eventual backlash always follows success. Look at Blair Witch there were a few years that it actually seemed en vogue to hate that movie. LOL

          • Vanvance1

            Pardon? I hated Blair Witch the daY I saw it and still do. NOTHING HAPPENED! Nothing. ARGH!

          • Uncle Creepy

            That’s YOU. I know people who LOVED the movie, and then when it became unpopular hated it. So very silly.

        • Cinemascribe

          Being an aspiring film maker myself (currently editing my fourth short film,which is also my first horror film), I absolutely LOVE what happenbed with PA. Whenever an underground project like that can rise up and dominate the way it did, every indie film maker on earth should toast it’s success because it shows the possibilities of success. Power to everyone involved,man.

          Side ramble: As I’ve indicated in this thread, I actually enjoyed the film when I watched it in the theatre. Now, when I watched it again at home, not so much. PA (in my opinion) suffers form the same problem as TBWP: What makes it work is that first venture into the unknown. Based on that aspect, I’d recommend every horror fan see it at least once. That said, once the film has given up all of it’s secrets, the surprise and mystery are gone and you’re left with a low budget film with a couple of performances that are adequate but nothing to write home about (I maintain t this day that it was the direction that made PA work,not the acting). Between PA and Saw VI, the former was scarier ,but I find the latter is more fun during repeat viewings.

          -End Side Ramble.

          Back to Topic:

          My point in stating that a lot of people hated PA wasn’t to say it was bad film,but to acknowledge that -for a movie which was highly praised by the critical community- in the weeks and months following the wide release ( and especially when it hit home video), I was surprised by the enormous level of anti-PA sentiment that was generated,ranging from outright loathing to people who thought it was okay, but extremely overrated. I had initially thought everyone was blown away ,but when the hype died down, I think a lot of people were wondering what the big deal was. Consequently, I think that’ll be a factor this year,especially with a trailer that (so far) is suggesting part 2 is more of the same. Come October, those horror fans displeased with PA are likely going to be thinking along the lines of The Who when they sang “we won’t be fooled again.”

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          “I’m saying that I’m an insect who dreamt he was a man…and loved it. But now the dream is over..and the insect is awake.” – Seth Brundle

  • Count Zartro

    “Oren Peli’s little movie that could changed ALL of the rules in Hollywood, and the genre has been better for it.”

    I can’t say I agree with that. If anything it had an impact on viral marketing, but not the horror genre itself.

    Blair Witch did this 10 years before, using viral marketing to take a cheap indy horror film and make 100 million with it.

    And how has the genre been better for it? What has happened in the last 9 months in horror that we can point to and thank Paranormal Activity for?

    Not trying to be a brat but I listen to Dinner for Fiends and know how long DC had been hyping this movie so I appreciate the warm fuzzies of justification via box office gross, even though everyone on here has said at some point that a movie making money does not make a movie good.

    All this being said, I will go see PA2 to see what they are gong to do, and I hope I enjoy it better than the first one.

    I did think the baby being in the mirror and not in the crib was creepy, and so was the rocking chair moving by itself. Also my dog has done that before, start barking and looking at something I can’t see.

  • dawnkatdead

    If you go to the website, when the trailer ends there’s something written on the mirror, and the baby is standing up in the refelection.
    I dig on these kinds of movies. Playing on people’s fear of the unknown and things that go bump in the night are pretty terrifying, especially when there’s a baby involved. I’ll definitely give it a chance.

  • DeTuinman

    “Oren Peli’s little movie that could changed ALL of the rules in Hollywood, and the genre has been better for it.

    Like The Blair Witch changed Hollywood?…please.

    PA played at a horrorfest in Amsterdam a couple of months ago and the whole audience laughed, 3o minutes into the flick and half of the public was at the bar complaining why they would put a youtube movie in the thearters.

    The only reason that this movie was a “hit” is because of the mainstream audience who have never seen the Shinning, og Halloween,Session 9, et all, true moviemaking suspense…

    I understand that the makers are friends of some of the DC guys….but this flick has not changed anything within the genre…
    Keep to the facts…this movie did not do to well in the rest of the world.

    The mind is like a parachute…it only works when it is open.
    F.Zappa

    • Uncle Creepy

      Keep to the facts? Here’s an example —

      http://www.dreadcentral.com/news/36354/paramount-unveiling-micro-budget-arm-insurge-pictures

      Coupled with the fact that every major studio is now developing a similar arm and are now paying a hell of a lot more attention to the little guy, whereas before a young filmmaker would be lucky to even get a meeting, so yes, it changed a bunch of things.

      • LSD Zombie

        I’ll believe it when I see it. Blair Witch had the same formula, was produced on a very limited budget, and was a huge success. But can you remember any film that got studio attention after BWP that shared the same limited resources and fresh faces? I’m talking about before PA. The answer is no.

        It’s just fucking luck and perseverance. Studios tend to have short attention spans as well when it comes to what made something a success and who.

  • macready

    ill give this at least a shot. i personally liked the saw films over paranormal activity.

    i just think, you can either tie to the original characters, which would feel like a copout. or you tell the story again but with no characters, which would feel unneeded.

    so what kind of story will we have? i just have no idea where they are going, and i like that.

  • Cinemascribe

    I’m calling this right now: Saw VII will beat this film on Oct.22cnd.

    Here’s why:

    – A LOT of people were extremely disappointed by the original PA. As the article alludes to, there was a surprisingly sizeable online backlash from horror fans who felt the film was gratuitously over hyped.

    – PA had the fact that it was fresh and different on it’s side. The sequel doesn’t. Unlike the Saw films, which have a layered storyline that deepens with each revelation between the films, PA doesn’t seem to have the sort of structure which lends itself to multiple installments.

    – A lot of why Saw VI didn’t perform as well as its’ predecessors has to do with fan dislike of Saw V. However, Saw VI has a reputation (deserved) as a high water mark for the franchise. A lot of the fans who stayed away last year will probably return this year, especially since the last scene in Saw VI is a terrific enticement to find out what happens next.

    – According to everyone involved, this is the last Saw. I’m taking that with a grain of salt, but we’re closing in on go time for this and the creative team seems to be sticking to their guns..so there’s a very real chance this will bring closure ..and the fans will want to see how it ends.

    – Cary Elwes is back. Personally,this isn’t that big of a deal to me, as I never liked Dr.Gordon as a character..but for many of the long termers, this alone will make Saw VII the choice over PA 2.

    – It’s in 3-D. More importantly, it was shot in 3-D, not converted. It’s been established that there will be a first person perspective to some of the traps. As much as people bemoan the current 3-D craze, we all know that the horror community’s curiosity over what it will be like to experience a Jigsaw trap in 3-D from a first person perspective will draw people into the theatre. Not to mention this has the potential to be one of the few plot-oriented 3-D horror movies.

    – Kevin Greutert was contractually forced to take the reigns on Saw VII and at first he was unhappy…but all accounts have indicated that he sucked it up, hit his stride early on, got up to speed and gave it 110%. Since he’s the man who directed Saw VI, this is a good thing.

    I definitely think Saw will end it’s run on top this year.
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    • Styling Shatner

      I wish it wasn’t true but I think that what you’re saying makes a lot of sense. I know that I loved seeing the first one at a midnight screening after hearing it hyped here since the fall of 2007, and the crowd of mainly random people had no idea what to expect and it made for one of the best times I’ve ever had at a theatre. I don’t know if the sequel will be as good as the first, but I can confirm that for whatever reasons, there was a lot of backlash to the first, and that was just amongst people I’m pals with on MySpace, Facebook, and Twitter, let alone random schlubs on other messageboards. I was disappointed by their disappointment, but to each their own. I have a feeling that the sequel will make a small percentage of the amount that the first one did last year, and while I’d rather PA2 do better than SawVII, I don’t think that will happen.

    • Mephistopheles

      Saw also made the mistake last year of not really bothering to actually promote the film. I mean, Saw VI was easily one of the series’ best but you couldn’t tell from the previews which showed next to nothing besides “If it’s Halloween, it must be Saw!” and generic shots of people screaming. Not saying you have to spoil all the money shots, but give some incentive for people to see it.

      Compare this to Paranormal Activity, which had a SHITLOAD of promotion and viral marketing. It was a phenomenon.

      So hopefully this year the Saw crew gets the game in gear.

      • GJW

        You’re absolutely right in regards to last years marketing for SAW. I assume they figured people would go see it because,well,it’s SAW. People didn’t. Also,I think after the previous years SAW people were just tired of the franchise,and lost hope. I mean,the previous years SAW was megabland. Last SAW (IMO) was pretty good,and it might have re-energized the love of the franchise for alot of people who didn’t go see it but did view it on dvd so I think this Octobers SAW will do much,much better than last years.

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      • Cinemascribe

        Yeah.this. One thing that irks me is the incessant dedication the Saw team has of sticking to Comic-con as the reveal date for the advertising material. That approach obviously didn’t help them last year ..and that was for what turned out to be a good movie.
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    • LifeMi

      It’s not out of the realm of possibility, but I’d rather watch PA2. At least I know I won’t be bored out of my fucking mind watching cardboard cutouts getting tortured.

      • Cinemascribe

        Nope,you’ll be bored out of your mind watching a rushed sequel to a movie that starred two cardboard cut outs doing everything they shouldn’t do in that situation.

        I actually enjoyed PA (though I think it’s re-watch value is nil) but Oren Pelil was the star of that movie, not the actors. I’d rather watch Tobin Bell and Costas Mandylor any day of the week.

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        “I’m saying that I’m an insect who dreamt he was a man…and loved it. But now the dream is over..and the insect is awake.” – Seth Brundle

        • LifeMi

          I’ll give you Tobin Bell, but Mandylor!? Wow, it just amazes me that there are people out there who actually think the Saw movies are good. 1 and 6 are watchable, but that’s as far as it gets in quality.

  • doubleh55

    Maybe it’s the sitting in the dark (and already loving the original movie), this trailer creeped me out. Great, now I gotta listen to music to fall asleep.

    Also, the original Paranormal Activity didn’t change any of the rules of Hollywood. The only thing that changed rules in Hollywood is that they found out they can make more money if they charge people more for 3D.

  • LifeMi

    I’ll probably go see it, but I can’t say the trailer was particularly impressive.

  • Rottenjesus

    Hey, this looks like a completely unnecessary sequel that will be total crap.

    • Styling Shatner

      I hate to have to agree with such an opinion, but given that it’s a movie written on the quick to be released in time to compete with another horror film rather than have any time to fine-tune the story to make sure its at its best… to me that sounds like it could pale in comparison with the original. I really hope not as I loved the experience of finally getting to see the first one in front of a crowd who mainly had no idea what it was (resulting in them losing their mind and I think some of them nearly soiled their pants by the time it was over with) after it was hyped for two years straight here on this site, but I’ll hope that the sequel is not crap.

  • nonserviam03

    I’m definitely interested. I like that it’s still cameras mounted on tripods as opposed to shakey handheld camera, and I like that they expanded it to being multiple cams set up (as opposed to one). I don’t know how they can possibly match the first movie, though. We’ll see.

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