Paranormal Activity 2 Teaser Trailer

When Paramount picked up Oren Peli’s low budget horror flick Paranormal Activity a couple of years back, they had initially intended to simply remake it with a bigger budget. After running some test screenings of the original, however, it played so well that they eventually decided to give it a small theatrical release last October and the thing took off like a rocket, making $193 million worldwide and becoming one of the most profitable movies ever. Now the inevitable sequel is nearly upon us, and although there was some initial excitement with directors like Brian De Palma and Brad Anderson showing interest in it, in the end, they had to settle for Kip Williams (The Door in the Floor).

The first teaser trailer for Paranormal Activity 2 will be attached to The Twilight Saga: Eclipse this weekend, but for those of us who aren’t Twi-hards, it has also been released online. I gotta say, even as a teaser trailer, it’s pretty disappointing. First of all, it basically spoils the ending of the original film, so if you haven’t seen Paranormal Activity, you might not want to watch. On top of that, there’s not much shown except for a creepy girl in a doorway. I guess at least we know that it will maintain the same style of the original, potentially taking place in a house with surveillance cameras in multiple rooms. Oh, and there’s a baby and a dog in the house too. Granted, making a trailer strictly out of surveillance footage isn’t easy, but I don’t think this is selling anyone on anything. Why must horror sequels always suck? Paranormal Activity 2 hits theatres on October 22nd; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

  • First one worked for me because you never saw anything, hopefully this will be better than Book of Shadows. It’s probably not possible to not be better.
    I wonder if they explain why there are cameras everywhere in the house, if it’s to catch ghost because they are hearing stuff, then why is the baby sleeping by itself? As a parent and I think somethings going on in my house, I’ll bring the baby into my room, the dog can fend for itself though.

  • Looks like sh*t.

  • Slushie Man

    Personally I think it looks just as creepy as the first. Those who say it looks like shit or will be a disappointment simply based off 7 seconds of footage very clearly have their mind made up and are pre-determined to hate it. You can’t judge an entire movie off of 7 seconds of footage.

  • Slushie Man

    And I may be wrong, but isn’t that creepy girl in the doorway the possessed chick from the first movie?

  • Yeah I wasn’t really sure if that was supposed to be the same girl from the first one or not. The fact that the whole trailer builds up to that moment would seem to indicate that it is, but the fact that there’s any confusion at all kinda means the trailer didn’t work.

  • 1138

    I rented it to see what all the hoopla was about and it was OK nothing truly spectacular. The ending was interesting but predictable. I knew what was coming but some of the actions by the husband seemed really stupid and some of the movie scenes had a “come on now is that stupid kind of feel”. Plus I think I am getting sick of video taped movies…especially with the Last Exorcism coming out which is another vid tape movie.

    As for the trailer…nothing special.

  • Kasper

    Hated the first movie. This looks like more of the same garbage.

  • Totally agree with you Casper..
    This whole thing is a gigantic gimmick, a huge fart joke.

  • drewsifer

    Look if you liked the first one like a few million people did, than you’ll like this sequel which i’m guessing is going to add some new elements. I.E. i guess no one noticed that in the scene with the girl standing in the doorway you can see the baby in the mirror but not in the crib. I know that’s a little too poltergeist for some people. But fuck this will still be more entertaining than a good 40% of the horror movies out there.

  • Jonny Ashley

    movies like this and the saw movies are fun for me, even if they don’t scare me. Paranormal activity was fun in the way that it hearkened back to the old “magic show” films of the silent era. While it was still pretty disappointing for me, I was nonetheless very amused by the ‘keep your eye on the birdy’ filming.

  • Trent

    I would say a trailer like this is perfect for this movie. The first films trailer showed too much.

  • Mike

    Paranormal Ac-two-vity

  • Mark in Ottawa

    Awesome totally awesome …..

  • Greg

    I read that people have been complaininbg that this trailer is too scary. A theatre in Texas had complaints so they pulled it. Too scary? This?

  • I would consider this trailer too scary for a 13 year old. But then again most horror trailers are too scary for a 13 year old.

  • That’s just another proof of how naive and stupid people are.

    Just because a trailer says “I am too scary!!!” they believe it. They just don’t have the mental capacity to judge by them selves.
    Its the same with politicians If one says “I care for the people!” “I Love my country!!” etc.. they believe him..

    It’s what you say that matters to them, not what you are or do..

  • Yeah they’ve apparently pulled it from all the Twilight screenings because even though it’s rated PG-13, a lot of parents are bringing children much younger than that to the movie.

    I can see it being scary for young children, and to be honest, Twilight isn’t really a horror movie so I don’t think it was the best place for them to run the trailer anyway.

  • “Twilight isn’t really a horror movie”

    Actually my girlfriend says it was much scarier than the previous two movies.. (whatever that means).

    Are you still going to review that Airbender movie guys?
    It holds 0.6% on Rotten tomatoes..

    If you are gonna rant on someting rant on Twilight.

  • juan

    get ready to see more of nothing just like the first…………. fool me once

  • PA1 was a social phenomena. Like the movie or not, give the producers credit for how it was promoted/distributed. The theater setting also contributed to the movie’s effectiveness; I enjoyed it much more because of the reactions of other moviegoers. I would have probably thought a lot less of the movie had I just rented it and watched it at home. Also, it was more of a ‘spook-flick’, rather than a ‘gore-fest’ — that ‘hair-on-the-back-of-the-neck’ creepiness, along the lines of Mothman Prophecies, which I loved. I think much of the PA bashing comes from the fact that it strayed from the gore and creative ways to kill people niche prevelant in the horror genre. I mean, how many movies can you name that atually scared the hell out of you? For me, one (The Omen).

    All that said, the trailer was disappointing. Besides Drewsipher’s catch of the baby in the mirror, anyone else see any other subtle things besides the pots/pans and empty glider moving?

    I would bet that PA2 will be a letdown, but I will still see it because, as with the first one, the hype and theater crowd will be part of the entertainment.


    I read somewhere that there is writing on the mirror in reverse. Can anybody confirm this?

  • @ Slushie Man. Not sure if it is the same chick from the first movie in the scene you reference, but IMDB lists her as an actress in both the first and second. I would speculate it is. Hmmm…..

  • tkip

    Well, dispite its flaws I thought PA was a good old fashion horror film that delivered geniune fear for most viewers.

    It does have its problems and having a budget of just over 10k I don’t know why so people expected a masterpiece and stellar acting.

    I’m now thinking this new movie takes place in the original house since Katie making an appearance makes more sense.

    And the trailer was just a teaser. Not a full trailer. And I don’t think there will be one. My only complaint is that they showed what appears to Katie.

    They just ruined what could have been a huge surprise and shock for fans….

  • conurebird1

    You people would spend money on this convuluted crap? Hand it over. : )