Tips for watching Paranormal Activity 2

There is a certain level of expectation everyone has when going to a horror movie. Those who like scary films look forward to their racing hearts and the adrenaline rush that comes from seeing gruesome figures pop onto the screen. Others dread the anticipation as the music builds, with the knowledge that something is about to jump out and scare them at any moment. Here are some helpful tips for those of you who are planning to see the highly anticipated horror film Paranormal Activity 2.

Tip #1: Popcorn, or no popcorn? You have to think about your personal habits to decide. If you’re a jumpy person, that popcorn is going to be all over the people sitting in front of you as soon as there’s a loud bang from the demon onscreen. Or just eat all your popcorn early in the movie; this particular horror film gets scarier as it goes on.

Tip #2: Know the movie. If you’re getting all hyped up for the release of Paranormal Activity 2, you either saw the last one and liked it or you saw a trailer and thought it looked good. If you want to engage more in the plot, I strongly recommend you watch the first Paranormal Activity. The plot for the second one (spoiler!) relates to the first movie. Even if you’re the poor guy/girl getting dragged to the movie by your friends for lack of anything better to do on a Saturday night, you should check out a synopsis online so you know what you’re in for.

Tip #3: Enjoy it! Because sometimes getting freaked out can feel really good. If you’re not in the mood to be scared, just keep track of the sound in the movie. Though Paranormal Activity 2 has no real soundtrack or music, silence usually means something scary will happen soon, which you’ll be (somewhat) ready for.

All in all, this movie is a good choice if you’re willing to hear loud bangs and see people being affected by unseen evil forces. In comparison to the first film, Paranormal Activity 2 lives up to the legacy. The plot remains intriguing, with elements from the first film making an appearance throughout the movie. The ending leaves plenty of room for a third instalment of the demon-inspired, pseudo-documentary movies. However, if you really didn’t like the first Paranormal Activity, you should probably sit this one out and go see The Social Network instead.

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