Paranormal Activity Sequel Essay

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Paranormal Activity Sequel

The first time I heard that there would be a sequel to Paranormal Activity I was psyched. The original was so unique and effective that I could only wonder what Oren Peli had in store for us next. Peli is the writer/director of the original and the producer of the sequel. Michael R. Perry wrote the screenplay and story this time around. Perry has a long resume of work that he has done on popular television series such as Law and Order: SVU. I assumed PA2 was also directed by Oren Peli given the style of film making, but I was surprised to learn that Tod “Kip” Williams took over.

The Door in the Floor

Williams directed The Door in the Floor, which won the National Board of Review Award for Excellence in Filmmaking. Williams did a wonderful job taking over Peli’s role as director, though you could notice Peli’s influence. Overall, the crew did a fabulous job capturing the essence of the original.

Small Budget, Large Gross

The original Paranormal Activity was made on a very small budget of $15,000 with actors Micah Sloat and Katy Featherstone making just few hundred dollars for their work. Paramount Pictures bought the rights to the sequels for a total of $300,000. They certainly knew what they were doing when they made this reasonably priced investment. The budget for
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There’s no way there couldn’t be the way they left us begging for more at the end of PA2. Drew McWeeny of HitFlix told the press, “‘Paranormal Activity 2’ is as stark, as bleak, and as skilled as any horror film I’ve seen this year, and suggests this is a series we’re going to be watching for a while”. Paramount Exec VP of Distribution Don Harris claims, “The company is certainly going to take a look at making a third but will be exceedingly careful in how to go about it”. Peli declines to comment on whether or not he has intentions of making a third Paranormal Activity, but then again he is not one to talk about his films until they are

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