I have to admit that I really hated the first “Paranormal Activity” and I couldn't even get through this one the first time I watched it. Then, we watched all three in a row and the series started growing on me. This time marked the third time I watched it, and I think I like it a little more with each viewing.
So, this one takes place before the start of the first movie. Kristi and her husband Dan are shocked when someone breaks into their house and trashes most of the house, even stealing a necklace that her sister Katie gave her. Dan is worried about their new son Hunter, so he decides to put in new security cameras. Dan catches the housekeeper Marine “cleansing” the house and fires her because he doesn't believe in that crap, even though his wife and sister-in-law mention being stalked by a demon.
Ali, Kristi's step-daughter and Dan's daughter, gets stuck sitting one night and hears someone banging on the door. Instead of calling the cops like a sane person, she goes outside and the door locks behind her. Ali discovers that Hunter is the first son born into the family in generations and learns that demons can make deals for children that important.
A bunch of other random things happen, like the dog gets attacked. Kristi stays home with the baby so the others can take the dog to the vet and something grabs her and drags her into the basement. After an hour, she walks out obviously possessed.
Poor Ali gets stuck at home the next day with her crazy step mom. She finds the Latin word for mine carved on the back of the basement door and a bunch of scratches. She then sees Kristi obsessively holding Hunter and warning her to stay away from him. She shows her dad the tapes from the night before and he brings Martine back into the house. Martine tells Dan that the only way to save his wife is to send the demon onto another member of the family, so he decides to stick it to Katie.
Things go batshit crazy when Dan tries to exorcize the demon from Kristi with a cross made by Martine. She attacks him, the lights flicker, and Kristi takes off with the baby. As Dan watches in horror, the entire house starts shaking. Dan manages to find Kristi in the basement and get the cross on her. She screams, the house shakes some more, and then it all stops. Dan burns a picture of Katie as a young girl, which is the picture they find in “Paranormal Activity.”
The movie then jumps ahead a few weeks, showing footage from the first movie. Katie tells her sister about some creepy stuff going on in her house and Micah shows her the awesome new camera he bought. After a few more minutes, the movie jumps ahead several days. Katie sneaks into her sister's house, kills Dan by snapping his neck, and heads upstairs. After killing her sister, she throws her body into the camera. The last shot is Katie running away with Hunted and the sound of her laughing.
A few moments at the end explain that Ali left on a school trip. Seriously, after her family going crazy for a few days she just up and left? When she got back, she found her dad and stepmom dead. The movie also tells us that no one knows what happened to Katie or Hunter, which screws with the end of the first movie where they say no one saw Katie since she killed Micah.
Don't I Know You From Somewhere?
Um, no I don't. The actors here are primarily known from the “Paranormal Activity” franchise.
The Best Death
I have to go with Kristi. While her death isn't that interesting, I love the way Katie just hurls her at the camera like she's a pillow and her body knocks the camera down.