A bunch of people look into their VHS tapes on their past and finds a 1988 tape and play it in which they spot a birthday for Katie (Chloe Csengery) as well as her father Dennis (Christopher Nicholas Smith) setting up cameras in his home to spot anything unusual as his other daughter Kristi (Jessica Tyler Brown) having an imaginary friend named Toby who happens to by a spirit of a demon causing scary moments to happen especially when Katie plays a game of Bloody Mary causing more damage in the home and fears on anyone who is residing there too.
The beginning of the film looked mildly impressive with a newlywed couple going to their home as well as discovering some old video tapes and one of them is Katie's Birthday in 1988 and we go to see this footage which seemed clever to put into the film.
Things looked good and uplifting when we carry on into the story showing a cake outside with Katie's birthday which looked like a real family home video. Everyone seemed to put alot of effort into doing all of this which was well done.
Nice setting with the couple Julie and Dennis making out with one another and suddenly an earthquake (Or we may think so) breaks out in which startles you a bit and a nice impression to the story that the place is possessed or haunted.
Also we spot more situations with people sleeping and what goes on with the cameras rolling with a light in the bathroom going on and off as this grabs your attention adding more mysterious stuff to the flick.
Also we see some good 80's stuff like Teddy Ruxpin suddenly talking and things like that in the children's room.
Great moment with Dennis going outside to check up on the kids sleeping in a tent as well as humoress moments on them all teasing one another which looked good and natural.
Also a good dark moment with Kristi at night talking to something as this looked spooky to watch and a perfect setting too adding more mysterious and haunting flavor to the story.
Perfect moment with both Kristi and Katie going into the bathroom and discussing the bloody mary chant turning off the lights to see if the tale is true that this being will come and get them as things were good and still with the lights off while they were saying this as well as later on leaving realising that nothing happened but yet we see the camera still in the bathroom as it makes you cringe by getting a bad feeling that something is going to happen which gives you the chills.
Good moment with Kristi getting together having an imaginary tea party with her Teddy Ruxpin doll as well as getting Dennis to join them but telling him not to sit where her imaginary friend is which draws into the mystery that it's the paranoirmal spirit she's talking to as this was well written in. Also later on it's good for her sister taping her and mocking her about her imaginary friends calling her a baby which looked good and natural for a mean older sister doing it to her younger one as well as going into a small room that Katie's imaginary friend doesn't want her to go into and warning her but still going in anyways as this keeps you in suspense as to what will happen here.
Cute moments with the babysitter Lisa having fun with the kids while tucking them in bed putting a sheet over her and playing a ghost as this made me laugh and looked very realistic like watching a home video big time.
There's also some nice camera shots moving back and fourth with Lisa sitting there doing her homework as you wonder big time as to what will happen here as well as suddenly what we may think is one of the kids with a sheet over their head creeping up on her and then the sheet falling to the floor as this looked nice and spooky.
What looked effective is when Dennis shows his brother Randy that footage as well as what Lisa may have encountered and trying to rewind the tape to see all of this as it was a perfect add on to the story making you want to watch for more.
Perfect situation when Katie gets Randy to play bloody mary with her and saying he did it too fast for anything to happen and then doing it the second time keeping the door closed as well as hearing sounds and having a perfect scary psychological feeling on your fears as a child as to what will happen if he opens the door which looked effective too. It for sure scares you greatly and will please horror fans to see on what's going to happen.
Perfect intense and strong quarreling moments between Randy and Dennis as to what has happened as this for sure looked uncomforting by what we spot on what Randy has experienced with his niece and works in marvellously.
Great freaky moments with the kids sleeping and Kristi getting up to talk to her imaginary friend as well as things going bump in the night scaring Katie as well as the creepy moments that happens with a force dragging her as well as holding her hair up and things like that as well as Katie trying to tell this friend to leave her alone when she agrees to still be communicative as this looked terrifically well done and one of the best spookiest scene's that we see in a flick.
A [erfect jumping moment when Julie is in the kitchen and suddenly a bunch of things crash to the ground which looked powerful to watch. It of course boggles you and makes you feel unsafe if you were in that situation.
Nice heartwarming moments when the family lives with one of their parents house for a while as things seem impressive when everyone is going to sit down for some apple pie.
Things are genuinely creepy when Dennis is filming at night and everything is still and quiet as well as not being able to find anyone and calling to them which is an impression that something scary is going to happen as well as spotting his family not the same and trying to get away from them which also looked perfectly spooky when he tries to help Kristi to get away from the madness. It races with your mind big time while seeing all of this. Plus there's a great shot on Kaite with her back turned and Dennis tries to go and touch her which makes you quiver as you have a feeling something is not right here which works in greatly.
Bottom line is that this is one of the better one's and although I don't like sequels better than the originals for the most part I consider this an acceptance big time. It is for sure alot spookier as well as fun stuff on what we see from the 80's that's hard to find nowadays. This seems to be almost a found footage Amityville Horror kind of fashion as some scene's borrow a bit from that flick. The ending for sure begs you for more big time.
Katie: [playing the Bloody Mary game, Katie first explains it] So, you say Bloody Mary three times.
Randy Rosen: Mmm-hmm.
Katie: And then you wait a little bit and then you turn the lights back on; and then you're supposed to see her body in the mirror and she's gonna try to kill you.
Randy Rosen: Try and kill you. Good game.
Randy Rosen: I don't know why you wanna play this- One of us is gonna be dead by the end of it. I guess it's a one-time game. Okay, let's do it.
Katie, Randy Rosen: Bloody Mary, Bloody Mary, Bloody Mary.
Katie: [Randy turns on the light as nothing happens] Randy!
Randy Rosen: Nothing happened.
Katie: You turned the light on too soon!
Randy Rosen: Oh, come on, Katie. This is stupid.
[as he walks to the door]
Katie: No, no, no, no, no, no, no! You can't leave!
[blocking the door]
Randy Rosen: Let's just go play doll house or something.
Katie: No, you didn't do it right.
Randy Rosen: What did I not do right?
Katie: You need to keep the light off longer.
Randy Rosen: Okay. Okay. All right. You wanna play Bloody Mary? Let's play Bloody Mary.
Katie: Okay, ready?
Randy Rosen: You're not gonna see anybody play Bloody Mary like I'm about to play Bloody Mary.