INSIDIOUS: Chapter 2 (2013)

insidious2 1 Greetings again from the darkness. This is a perfect example of why it’s acceptable for writing standards to be lowered (somewhat) for horror films. This isn’t science fiction or history. We are in the theatre for one simple reason … we want to be frightened (to jump in our seats). Two years after the first Insidious, director and co-writer James Wan, screenwriter Leigh Whannell (who also appears as Specs) and producer Oren Peli, re-team for this sequel. It’s also just a few months after Mr. Wan’s very successful and well-made The Conjuring.

I enjoyed the first one.  There was a nice story that borrowed a bit from Poltergeist and some other horror classics. In a rare treat, Wan and Whannel actually tie in the sequel to the story from the first. Sure, some of it is a stretch with all of the parallel dimensions and multiple entities, but for the most part, it works and provides some nice thrills and chills.

insidious2 3 An especially nice surprise is the creative return of Lin Shaye as Elise, who stole all her scenes in the first entry. While the voice-over of her “younger” scenes was distracting, her screen presence helps hold the final act together. Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Ty Simpkins and Barbara Hershey are back as the family Lambert … and this time we get more backstory on why the family seems unable to escape the demons.

Wan, Whannell and Peli have done a very nice job of rejuvenating the horror genre, while still including the traditional fun of active closets, abandoned hospitals, creaky doors and musty basements. A certain amount of suspension of disbelief is required, but if you are looking for some scary fun, you could do much worse than the two “Insidious” films.

SEE THIS MOVIE IF: you are a fan of the horror genre (especially haunted houses and possession) OR you enjoyed Insidious from a couple years ago.

SKIP THIS MOVIE IF: you are expecting Oscar-caliber performances or an airtight script

watch the trailer:

6 Responses to INSIDIOUS: Chapter 2 (2013)

  1. CMrok93 says:

    To me, it just wasn’t all that scary. More funny than scary, actually. Good review.

    • Hey, I certainly understand. With a rational mind, every horror movie can easily be transformed into a plethora of laughs. Turning the brain off really helps! Did you like The Conjuring any better? It’s a step above this one, but it too has many chuckles when watched through logical eyes.

      • CMrok93 says:

        Conjuring was better than this. It also showed Wan growing as a film maker. Here. he seems to have taken a step back.

      • While I agree that The Conjuring is superior, I think it is worth acknowledging that Insidious 2 was made for the reason most sequels are made … cashing in on the success of the first one. It’s always more difficult to come up with a creative sequel. It looks like Wan will be an ongoing force in the horror genre and I believe that’s a good thing.

      • CMrok93 says:

        I think so, too. However, I did read somewhere that this may have been his last horror movie as he wants to focus his sights elsewhere. For instance, he’s directing the new Fast & Furious movie so that ought to be intriguing.

      • Well he is a very talented director and I expect in F & F, he will bring a new approach to action sequences … or any other genre that he decides to pursue. The industry needs guys like him.

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