Ultimate Facts: Paranormal Activity 2
– Paranormal Activity 2 was released on October 22, 2010.
– Runtime: 91 minutes.
– Produced by Blumhouse Productions.
– Directed by Tod Williams.
– Kevin Greutert was initially hired to helm the film but was forced to work on Saw 3D: The Final Chapter (2010) when the producers of that film exercised a clause in his contract, forcing him off Paranormal Activity 2 (2010).
– After the runaway success of Paranormal Activity, Paramount announced plans for a sequel just a month after the first films’ release.
– Although a sequel, Paranormal Activity 2 is a prequel to the original film taking place 2 months before the events of Paranormal Activity.
– Upon release, this broke the record for the biggest midnight gross of an R-rated movie with $6.3 million, and the biggest opening for a horror movie of all time, earning a total of $41,500,000 in its opening weekend.
– On a $3 million dollar budget, Paranormal Activity 2 made $177.5 million at the box office.
– The preview for this film was banned in some theaters for scaring teenagers and small children viewing PG-13 films.
– On the official site for the film, there are secret messages when the trailer is fast-forwarded or rewound. Additionally, after the trailer finishes playing, the baby appears in the mirror but isn’t present in the nursery. Also in the mirror, letters written in what seems to be blood spell a message. Upon flipping the picture horizontally, the message reads, “What is happening to Hunter?”
– The trailer for Paranormal Activity 2 used a lot of footage that didn’t appear in the movie. This angered many fans, but the directors said “they had to” because of the storyline.
– Like the original movie there was no script, only an outline which was used only sparingly. Much of the film’s plot was improvised on the spot.
– The security cameras in the house are stationary and don’t pan or zoom. They had to be specially placed by the film crew to provide enough space to film scenes and still be visually interesting.
– The baby was played by a set of twins who only just learned to walk in the middle of filming and thus changed the way they were used.
– Paranormal Activity 2 was shipped to theaters under the code name “Sharpie 79”.
– As with the first film, Paramount Studios utilized world-renowned paranormal expert, Christopher Chacon, to assist in internationally promoting and publicizing the film.
– Body Count: 3 (includes a bird)