Insidious 2 - Review
Insidious 2 – September 13, 2013 (9/10)
Insidious: Chapter 2 is the one of the best horror sequels to come out in a long time. It flows perfectly in sync with the first movie and feels more like an extension of Insidious. The sequel also does an amazing job of answering any questions left over from the original. Director James Wan has done it again!
Insidious was a great surprise. It introduced a new horror mythology that’s never been seen before. There have been countless exorcism movies and stories involving ghosts. But Insidious introduced The Further, which is a limbo world between heaven and hell that the living can enter through their dreams. It’s in this Further place that you can see how the dead interact with the living. But sometimes a demon will take your living body and you’ll be stuck in The Further. How cool!
Insidious: Chapter 2 is mostly focused on the constant battle between the living world and The Further. The demons in this movie are angry and they’re trying to latch onto a human vessel. This intensifies the amount of scares throughout the movie. The trailer made the movie look spastic and overrun by jump-scares. But in reality, Insidious: Chapter 2 is still has haunting as the first. The trailer does very little justice to the final product.
My favorite thing about the movie is how it connects all the dots on the story to give you a grand scope of the history between the family and the demons. This isn’t a random ghost terrorizing a random family. The writers actually took the time to write something smart and terrifying. There is a lot of haunting imagery in this movie that will definitely stay with you after you leave the theater.
In conclusion, Insidious: Chapter 2 is one of the rare quality horror films. Plus the fact that it’s a sequel is even more amazing. The studio has already green-lit Insidious: Chapter 3 because of the success of this movie. I really think Chapter 2 is a great conclusion to the story. So it will be interesting to see what they end up doing. Check out the spoiler section below to see what problems I had with the movie.
The thing that bothered me about the movie was one huge gap in logic. The three supernatural specialists know that the dad is possessed by a demon. They try to corner him and sedate him. But they fail and the dad knocks all three men unconscious. Two of them are passed out on top of each other in the living room. The third is probably moved to another location. Then later that night, the entire family is back in the house and things start going crazy. Everyone runs to the basement to hide. Then one of the passed out guys wakes up in the living room and goes to save them. But that means that the dad left them there unconscious! Why didn’t he move the bodies?! How did the family not see two passed out guys in their living room when they got home? It was right next to the front door! That made absolutely no sense to me.