When we first heard that Paramount was hurrying a 'Paranormal Activity' sequel into production so that it could drop into theaters approximately one year after the first installment scored major box office dollars for the studio, a lot of folks were skeptical. Could they produce another winner, or were we going to get a horror show along the lines of the craptastic 'Blair Witch 2: Book of Shadows'? Could this low-budget, home-video ghost story continue to freak out moviegoers, or would the film simply settle for a spot on the list of worst horror sequels of all time?

Well, following the film's first midnight screenings last night, it would appear that based on early word-of-mouth via Twitter and over at Rotten Tomatoes, 'Paranormal Activity 2' is a huge success. We'll have our review tomorrow morning, but here's what some folks are saying now ...

Twitter Fan Reactions

"PA2 is an absolute success that is smarter and scarier than the original." -- IamRogue

"PA 2 is completely true to its roots, establishing itself as a competent, cohesive and coherent addition to the franchise that not only lives up to the hype, but also builds upon the original's mythology." -- Bloody Disgusting

"This is a rare sequel that complements and enhances the original without betraying the elements that made it work in the first place." -- Dread Central

Twitter Reactions from Cinematical Critics and Friends

-- @jenyamato Who's got four thumbs and won't be sleeping tonight thanks to Paranormal Activity 2? This girl.

-- @mtgilchrist I gotta keep it real - 'Paranormal Activity 2' is scarier and more effective than the original. I'm genuinely freaked out afterward. I really should not be 34 years old and wondering whether I'll be able to sleep, but that movie really, really worked for me (or against).

-- @elmayimbe Man that scared the testosterone out of me!

-- @drewathitfix Wow. Color me pleasantly shocked.

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@J_Alyce: Now that it's daylight I can talk about it: I endorse Paranormal Activity 2

@barkerifik: Paranormal Activity 2 was a really entertaining film, with some terrific moments. 3 stars.

@PotatoSpinach: Thumbs up for paranormal activity 2. It just gets better!

@susiesprinkles: paranormal activity 2 starts slow, was falling asleep in the beginning, but gets scary as shit in the end!

@bonnieisiah: Paranormal Activity 2 was proper good, if I get any sleep tonight it's gonna have to be with the light on..........

@maddiiee1: Paranormal activity 2 made me scream seven times

@AngelG0h: I think paranormal activity 2 is interesting. Was the 1st horror movie which makes me feel scared. Guess because it's quite realistic to me

Will you be seeing 'Paranormal Activity 2' this weekend?