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(2010), R [R*] (1hr 24.75min)

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March 4, 2011
March 7, 2011

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(While the Scriptural references are certainly not subjective, my commentary may be and sometimes is somewhat subjective.)

If Scriptural references appear, the full text appears at the end of the Summary / Commentary.

(2010), R [R*] ... not until the final 25% or so ...

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Blumhouse Productions, Room 101, Paramount Pictures
Distribution (US): Paramount Home Entertainment
Director(s): Tod Williams
Producer(s): Jason Blum, Jeanette Brill, Akiva Goldsman, Oren Peli, Steven Schneider
Writing Credits: Michael R. Perry, Christopher B. Landon and Tom Pabst (screenplay), Michael R. Perry (story), Oren Peli (film "Paranormal Activity")
Cinematography/Camera: Michael Simmonds
Film Editing: Gregory Plotkin
Casting: Michael Hothorn, Terri Taylor
Production Design: Jennifer Spence
Viewed Paramount Pictures Home Entertainment DVD

I have not seen the first Paranormal Activity if there is one. But one of the reasons the CAP analysis model is so versatile is that it does not rely whether the investigator has any knowledge of a prequel.

With a final score of 44 the content of Paranormal Activity 2 is equivalent to many R-rated movies. With investigation area scores of zero out of 100 in Impudence/Hate (which includes profanity) and in Offense to God (which includes unholy matters) Paranormal Activity 2 is certainly equivalent to most R-rated films (scores of 54 and below out of 100) in those areas.

One more neat feature of the CAP analysis model is that it can tell you whether the removal of, say, all the uses of three/four letter word vocabulary and abuses of God's name -- the language impurities -- would improve the quality of the film ... and how much. Paranormal Activity 2 would earn a final score of 76, a PG equivalent film, if all the language impurities were removed. This can be done with a TVGuardian unit. I know because I watched the DVD a second time through the TVGuardian unit and it silenced each and every foul word including all abuses of God's name.

Daniel (Brian Boland) and Kristi Rey (Sprague Grayden) live with his teen daughter, Ali (Molly Ephraim) and their toddler son, Hunter (William Juan Prieto, Jackson Xenia Prieto) in a well-to-do suburban home. All is well with the Rey world until August 6, 2006 when "things" start to happen.

At first, the happenings are little odd noises and faint bumps-in-the-night. Soon a cooking pot starts to drop from the pot hanger all on its own and doors start opening and closing on their own. As days progress "things" start to get violent and graphic. Near the end as Kristi enter's Hunter's room she is dragged down a flight of stairs and thrown into the basement. Kristi turns up with a bite on her front left thigh and becomes silent and withdrawn except when Daniel tries to exorcise her -- she attacks Daniel.

It seems, as the story goes and if I have it right, if someone makes a deal with a demon for power and wealth, the demon takes the first born male. Apparently, Kristi's great grandmother made such a deal with a demon and the demon has yet to collect its due because a male had not been born to Kristi's side of the family since the 1930s. Now Hunter is available and the demon is going to collect. And does.

This is a film portraying unholy events. It appears to claim to be based on a true story but I do not believe one fiber of it. If you like films that drag you through minutes of "home videos" and security camera files with empty viewing time as each camera focuses on one scene with no activity for extended periods then this is the film for you. You will get to know well the front door and the arch above it, the stairway, the kitchen and other areas of the Rey house. Ooops! I said no activity. You do get to spend long periods watching the activity of a swimming pool cleaner snork around the pool. It is not until the final 25% or so of the film that any significant activity happens.

Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - 41 out of 100
All the violence in this film is embedded within unholy events. And some are graphic. An example is Kristi being knocked down by some invisible force then dragged by her feet down the stairs then thrown into the basement. Additional graphic content includes the inexplicable bite on Kristi's leg, the explosive inexplicable opening of all the kitchen cabinet doors and the images of the toothy demon as it possesses who appears to be Kristi. Violence is "catching." So much so that not only God warns about embracing violence [Prov. 16:29, 1 Cor. 15:33 and many others], four American professional health agencies jointly warn of the proselytizing effect of violence in and as entertainment: that "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence."

Impudence/Hate (I) - Zero out of 100
Ephraim has one of the most foul mouths I have heard onscreen. Her arrogance with the spoken language is astoundingly ugly. While I am certain she is not a teenager in real life she plays a teenager in the film. Not that that matters since such language is sinful whetter spoken by an adult or by a child, that she is playing the part of a foul mouthed high school teenager says a lot to the high schoolers watching. The most foul of the foul words is spoken 27 times and most of them by Ephraim. Examples of the three/four letter word vocabulary (other than the most foul of the foul words) are spoken only 16 times. Though that is 16 times too many, that there are 27 uses of the most foul of the foul words but only 16 of the other words of profanity says the writers certainly have a way with word. [Col. 3:8]

Sexual Immorality (S) - 45 out of 100
As many will agree, it seems there is only one thing one the mind of a teenage boy. This film is true to the stereotyping. Ali's boyfriend, Brad (Seth Ginsberg) has little to say when with Ali other than booty calls and sexual inferences. And putting Ali and Brad together alone in her father's house does nothing to impede sexual irresponsibility. [Deut. 22:21] Granted, sexual desires may be unavoidable for a young teen boy but for entertainment to embolden such desires is not good when we are to mortify anything that defeats sexual humility. [Col. 3:5]

Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 96 out of 100
Only one instance of displaying alcoholic beverage was noted.

Offense to God (O) - Zero out of 100
Here is where it gets thick. So thick the examples per hour of instances applicable to this investigation area averaged 37.1 per hour. Thick with matters of inexplicable events: sounds; opening/closing of doors; toys activating by themselves; levitation of a toddler; things happening by an invisible force. Ali embraces house haunting and demonology. [Eph. 4:27, Lev. 20:6, Eph. 5:11]

Murder/Suicide (M) - 76 out of 100
Two malefic murders. One by Katie breaking Daniel's neck and one by Katie hitting Kristi in the neck hard enough to slam her (while holding Hunter) into the ceiling/wall junction. Both are portrayed with unholy powers of super strength.


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  • Prov. 16:29 A violent man enticeth his neighbour, and leadeth him into the way that is not good. [The issue is the violence, the 'way that is not good' no matter how "small" or "justified" the violence might seem, and its "leading" effect on the observer. "A violent man" ["man" here is enowsh {en-oshe"}: man (collective), mortal, person, mankind; contracted for iysh {eesh}: whosoever, each] can be any character of any age, any gender, human or not since the cinematic display is at the hands men and women, in the act of committing (demonstrating in the case of entertainment) violent behavior/action whether for good or evil or the violent behaviors/actions themselves. Such exposure can and does embolden the viewer into aggression, especially youth. It took years for American professional health community to finally affirm, probably without knowing it, that which God told us in 1 Cor. 15:33 below. Further, God speaks darkly of violence 56 times in the Old and New Testament of the KJV.]
  • Col. 3:8 But now ye also put off [apotithemi: rid yourself of, cast off, put away] all these; anger, wrath, malice [kakia: ill-will, desire to injure, wickedness, depravity, evil, trouble, not ashamed to break laws, etc.], blasphemy [blasphemia: impious and reproachful speech injurious to divine majesty], filthy communication [aischrologia:foul speaking, low and obscene speech] out of your mouth.
  • Deut. 22:21 ... She has done a disgraceful thing in Israel by being promiscuous while still in her father's house. You must purge the evil from among you.
  • Col. 3:5 Mortify [nekraa:, deprive of power, destroy the strength of], therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry.
  • Eph. 4:27 and do not give the devil a foothold. [Embracing demons and evil power in and as entertainment is doing just that.]
  • Lev. 20:6 I will set my face against the person who turns to mediums and spiritists to prostitute himself by following them, and I will cut him off from his people.
  • Eph. 5:11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.

    ***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
  • Jer. 37:9 This is what the LORD says: Do not deceive yourselves, thinking, 'The Babylonians [the destroyers from within] will surely leave us.' They will not!
  • Ps. 12:8 The wicked freely strut about [e.g., create progressively vile/offensive entertainment with impunity and no consequences and present it to younger and younger audiences every year] when what is vile is honored among men [when enough people continue to defend it, embrace it, enjoy it, want it, submit to it. I call attention to Ps. 12:8 to warn of the creeping desensitizing power of "entertainment."]
  • Col. 2:8 Beware lest any man [by his influence] spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
  • 1 Cor. 15:33 Be not deceived: evil [kakov: of a bad nature, not such as it ought to be] communications corrupt good manners.
  • Rom. 5:19 For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.
  • Jude 1:4 For there are certain men* crept in unawares [secretly slipped in among us], who were before of old ordained to this condemnation [whose condemnation was written about long ago], ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness [a license for immorality], and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ. [*men: anthropos {anth'-ro-pos}, generic, a human being, whether male or female]
  • Matt. 25:40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
  • Luke 17:2 It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones. [Offend: skandalizo {skan-dal-id'-zo} - scandalize; to entice to sin; to cause a person to begin to distrust and desert one whom he ought to trust and obey; to cause to fall away.]
  • Ps. 119:133 Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me [let no sin rule over me].
  • John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
  • 1 Thess. 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil. ["Evil" includes all things that are sinful.]


    As always, it is best to refer to the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model -- for the most complete assessment possible of this movie.
    (The objective heart of the CAP Analysis Model, independent of and insulated from the Summary / Commentary section.)

    Paranormal Activity 2 (2010) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - 41 out of 100
  • inexplicable door slammed closed and locked
  • all kitchen cabinet doors/drawers explode open for no reason
  • dog brutally injured inexplicably
  • attack on mother by invisible force - dragging down stairs and injuring, graphic
  • inexplicable bite on mother's leg
  • wife demonically attacks husband
  • toothy demon attack, graphic

    Impudence/Hate (I) - Zero out of 100
  • 27 uses of the most foul of the foul words, mostly by a teen girl
  • 16 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary, mostly by a teen girl
  • teen boy lying repeatedly to manipulate the outcome of a Ouija game
  • toddler roaming the house into dangerous situations

    Sexual Immorality (S) - 45 out of 100
  • sexual comments, repeatedly
  • excessive cleavage, repeatedly
  • woman in tub
  • teen boy in teen girl's house alone
  • teen boy booty calls of teen girl with much dialogue about having/getting sex, repeatedly
  • teen boy asking to paw a teen girl

    Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 96 out of 100
  • booze, once

    Offense to God (O) - Zero out of 100
  • inexplicable sounds, frequent
  • inexplicable door closings and openings, repeatedly
  • musical toy and other mechanical devices sounding off or actuating by themselves, repeatedly
  • inexplicable crashes, repeatedly
  • inexplicable fall of pot off hook, repeatedly
  • teen girl embracing evil, repeatedly
  • odd dog mannerisms, repeatedly
  • teens playing Ouija
  • inexplicable TV disturbance, going off, and coming on by itself
  • heavy footsteps with no one there
  • levitation of toddler boy out of crib then back into it
  • tale of "someone calling my name" feeling "someone is there"
  • teen girl researching unholy matters
  • pots and crib mobile swinging inexplicably
  • lights going out and coming back on without cause
  • undefinable presence

    Murder/Suicide (M) - 76 out of 100
  • two malefic murders, one by head twist neck break and one by hit to neck and upper chest

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    There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I applaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our years of study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.

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