Insidious Chapter 2 opens in theaters this September 13th 2013. The horror continues as the Lambert family tries to leave the past behind but comes face to face with a new horror. This new film stars Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne and Barbara Hershey. The Lambert family must once again seek to uncover the mysterious childhood secret that has them connected to the spirit world. Check out the latest movie review for Insidious Chapter 2 below:
“The Horror Continues with Insidious 2
James Wan is really starting to come into his own as a horror director. Saw‘s direction was good, but was a little fast-paced and music-video-esque for the film’s tone. Insidious was a step in the right direction, with it being a delightful little homage to old school Hammer horror films that was scary and entertaining. However, it was the year of 2013 that Wan released his best film yet, The Conjuring. It was atmospheric, well-written, beautifully shot, and best of all, absolutely terrifying. So with Insidious Chapter 2 being released very shortly after that film, it does have a lot to live up to. However, comparing to The Conjuring isn’t really fair, as they’re different types of movies. Insidious was much more bombastic and loud, while The Conjuring was more quiet and creepy, which made the scares all the more impacting. So instead of asking ‘is Insidious Chapter 2 as good as The Conjuring?’, I will instead ask ‘is Insidious: Chapter 2 as good as Insidious?’ The sad answer is no, not even close.
Insidious Chapter 2 picks up right where Chapter 1 left off. After the exorcism at the end of the last film (I know it wasn’t technically an exorcism, but the principles are the same), Renai (Rose Byrne) and Josh (Patrick Wilson) Lambert move out of their house and into Josh’s mother’s (Barbara Hershey) house. However, it appears as if an evil spirit that has been haunting Josh his whole life has come through during Dalton’s (Ty Simpkins) rescue mission and is trying to take over Josh’s body. Now they must figure out how to vanquish the spirit with the help of ghost hunters Specs (Leigh Whannel) and Tucker (Angus Sampson).
Yes, you did read that right Specs and Tucker are back, despite the fact they were like the first film’s personal Jar Jar Binks, providing comic relief that was neither funny nor relieving. Surprisingly, however, they’re not nearly as unbearable as in Insidious, and quite a few of their lines get a real laugh and add some genuine comic relief. This is one of the film’s main positives, as the actual horror is rather lacking. And by ‘rather lacking’, I mean essentially not there at all. There’s no atmosphere build up, no real tension, just a long silence following by a very loud bang. It’s a shame, because Insidious felt like it had an air of dread and otherworldliness, while Chapter 2 just feels flat and, if you’ll pardon the pun, lifeless.
The story goes through all the same motions as Chapter 1, even having a ‘shocking’ cliffhanger ending, no doubt teasing a third film. But while the ending to Chapter 1 was a tense cliffhanger because it was the ending to the main plot, the cliffhanger here isn’t related to the main story, and is introduced in the last two minutes of the film, leaving no reason to actually care about it at all.”
The rest of the movie review can be read at That Film Guy.
Insidious Chapter 2 opens in theaters this Friday and is directed by James Wan.
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