Review | Insidious: Chapter 2

Insidious Chapter 2 review

After the huge success of The Conjuring, James Wan's follow up to 2010's Insidious had a lot to live up to. Was Insidious: Chapter 2 better than The Conjuring? No. Was it better than the first in the series? Yes.

This film has received very mixed reviews; it doesn't seem to be appreciated commercially, but horror fans seem to love it. Personally, I thought it was really good, but like I said, not as impressive as The Conjuring as it wasn't as original in its ideas.

Insidious: Chapter 2 picks up right where the first film left off, so the two films together form one full story. A quick re-cap of the first film: Josh and Renai Lambert (Patrick Wilson and Rose Byrne) fought to bring their son Dalton back from another realm which he was stuck in after falling into a coma. They enlist the help of Elise Rainier (Lin Shaye) and her team to find out how to get him back, but, of course, all does not go smoothly. At the end of the movie, Elise is found strangled in the Lamberts' home.

James Wan builds on his original ideas from Insidious really well and definitely expands the story, giving it more depth. Sequels can so often be disappointing but I think this is a really credible one. It's genuinely scary, too - I admit I had to cover my eyes at a few points! James Wan always does suspense so well, so the build-up to the big scares is very tense.

The acting is good from the whole cast - Patrick Wilson brings much more depth to his character and portrays madness really well, while Rose Byrne plays the concerned mother perfectly. I enjoyed Lin Shaye's performance, too, and I like her character in general.

If you liked Insidious you'll definitely like this - in my opinion it's quite a bit better than the first one, with more scares. It's a well-crafted and well-thought out horror that doesn't simply feature mindless gore and cheap scares. I thoroughly recommend this so if you think you can handle some creepy demons, go see it as soon as you can!

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1 comment:

  1. Oh I was a big fan of Insidious (the creepy ghosts/entities were just my kind of thing) and I really want to see this but am waiting until it comes onto Sky or DVD. The trailer did look really good x