The trailer for Paranormal Activity 2 has been around since June, but I have been remiss in posting it on Lost in Reviews. I met the Lost in Reviews crew for the first time seeing the first Paranormal Activity. I spent the movie with my eyes focused on the time elapsing on the camera in the corner of the screen. I like scary movies but I don’t readily like to see them in a theatre. On DVD is better, so I can fast forward through the scary parts (most recently I did this with The Fourth Kind). You will have to ask the LIR crew what their first impressions of me were based on that screening. I was also very excited to get my The Twilight Saga: New Moon souvenir cup that night at AMC, so that might have played a factor.
Paranormal Activity 2 is like the first one, which you can see from the trailer. Katie Featherston is back as possessed Katie, and appears to be haunting a new house. Today came news of an easter egg in the trailer when you visit the official site and watch the trailer there. Popwatch has the scoop on how to uncover the easter egg.
A little more than halfway through the trailer, after you see pots and pans dangling in the kitchen, and right when you spot the dog lying on the bedroom floor, move the playhead back a few seconds. It might take a couple of tries before it catches, but once it does, well, it creeped me out. It all goes by very quickly — and you can’t hit pause here — but the screen will shake and you’ll see a series of photos of the baby, held (presumably) by her mother, who in the very first shot has a bright green thumb. (Somehow, I doubt this is a clue to the sequel’s gardening subtext.) There’s also some blurry text and, when you hold the playhead still at just the right moment, you see the baby crawling next to what looks like a dancing figure. Creep-o.
Let me know what you think about the easter egg because there is no way in heck I am watching that trailer more than once.
Paranormal Activity 2 is in theatres October 22, 2010, just in time for Halloween.
P.S. There was quite a backlash in Texas about this trailer being attached to The Twilight Saga: Eclipse. Apparently, it was too scary for the Twilight crowd, but vampires and wolf men are okay. It was removed from some theatres’ showings of the movie. I can’t believe the stuff I have to put up with here.