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Homesick with fear

I’m never a great fan of sequels, especially sequels of horror flicks. (Remember the brain-deleting Blair Witch Project: Book of Shadows and the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise?) So expectations were low when Tod Williams decided to make a follow-up film on Oren Peli’s 2007 Paranormal Activity.

movie reviews Updated: May 28, 2011 00:08 IST

Paranormal Activity 2
Paramount Pictures, Rs 499
Rating: ***
I’m never a great fan of sequels, especially sequels of horror flicks. (Remember the brain-deleting Blair Witch Project: Book of Shadows and the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise?) So expectations were low when Tod Williams decided to make a follow-up film on Oren Peli’s 2007 Paranormal Activity.

And boy oh boy, have I been cowering under the covers. As in the first film, the second (a prequel actually) gains its sheer power by introducing supernatural horror in the form of a poltergeist in an everyday banal household. The film itself is a series of CCTV recordings being played back to the viewer. The spirit invading the house is present only in bits and starts — a levitating baby, a falling pan, cupboards thrown open — while Williams pushes all the right buttons in making the viewer anticipate an activity. Terrifyingly real, this ‘mockumentary’ will make you keep the lights on at home at night.


Harry Om Harry

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1
Reliance Home Video/Warner Brothers, Rs 599
Rating: ***
The (semi-) final foray of the Harry Potter films are in good hands. David Yates, who has directed four of the earlier films of the franchise, brings about a necessary dark turn and tone in the cinematic version of JK Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Here not-so-young-and-goggle-eyed Harry seeks out Lord Voldemort to destroy him and the Horcruxes, dark magical objects used to attain immortality.

The ‘hallows’, as everyone but myself already probably knew before watching this dvd, are three objects whose purposes form Harry’s final quest.

Before you settle down to watch the final Potter movie this July, do your homework and watch the first part.

That’s if you haven’t grown up and aren’t more keen on the new X-Men movie instead.

Good thing for Potter boy Daniel Radcliffe. Another movie and he’s free now.