aka: Insidious 2
Director: James Wan
Starring: Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Ty Simpkins, Lin Shaye, Barbara Hershey
It will take what you love most.
The Lambert family has been through hell after having to fight against a ghost entity that had taken an interest in one of the sons of the family, wanting to possess his body so the entity can cross back over into life again.
During this fight, it becomes clear that the ghost and Josh, the father of the family, has had some history together and when ghostly events start to yet again happen with the family, the key to survival lies in the childhood of Josh Lambert.
I consider the first Insidious to be one of the best horror films from the last ten years and would also add James Wan’s other recent horror film The Conjuring to the same list. So needless to say I was anticipating the sequel to Insidious and made sure to see it on the big screen and I can happily say that I was not disappointed.
Since this continues directly after the events of the first film the filmmakers didn’t need to set up the premise and introduce the characters. Instead it takes the story of the first one and plays with it instead of just rehashing the events of the first film. It also starts with a high tension level right away and succeeds in keeping it high for the entire running time, making it quite a scary and creepy horror film.
The set pieces, the effective scare scenes and the creepy music score all makes this a thrilling ride for the audience and you would have to be very tired of haunted house films by now if this didn’t get under your skin. The film flows much better than the first one, which had a third part that got a bit away from the rest of the film. I also didn’t mind Patrick Wilson that much in this either and the humour works even better here.
James Wan is still able to have fun with the genre here and I can’t help but feel sad that he has lately stated that this will be his final horror movie and I still think he has more to bring to the table with other subgenres in this genre. There are also some nice references in this film that some horror fans might pick up and there are some scenes that look like homages to Dario Argento.
Insidious: Chapter 2 should make fans of the first one happy and also entertain newcomers to what will surely become a long-lasting franchise. If you go into this just wanting a fun and scary ride then you should be able to have a lot of fun, in my opinion it is just as good as the first one and I’m already excited about a third entry.
*added notes after revisiting this on DVD*
I’m not lucky enough to live in a place where I can see horror films in cinema very often. We get under 10 genre films in total at our local cinema each year and after seeing this film again I surely did underestimate just how good and scary it actually is. It’s a film that surpasses the original and even bumps itself up into the best of all haunted house horror films ever made.