|September 13, 2013|
|James Wan (Story By)|
|Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of terror and violence, and thematic elements
|Insidious: Chapter 2
James Wan leads yet another subtle throwback to classic horror with “Insidious: Chapter 2”, masterfully building off the original with more jolting scares and creepy characters, while revisiting many of the same ideas touched on in the original, and thus expanding them, especially in regards to “The Further”. Patrick Wilson dives head first into his character, Josh, coming off like a contemporary Jack Torrance from “The Shining” yet more afflicted by the demon possession rather than any allusions to alcoholism. With multiple story-lines progressing, Wan takes on twice the adventure with this sequel, allowing for an engaging mystery arc as Lorraine (Barbara Hershey) and the paranormal experts delve into the history of the demon possessing Josh (Wilson). Rose Byrne brings the same energy to her role in “Insidious” and never takes away from the action, as does Lin Shaye, who becomes the post mortem hero of the afterlife. With believable imagery and a sound design that immerses the audience, along with the edit cut so efficiently that most of the jumps come from a combination of the two. Trading back gore and shock value for good old fashioned horror, “Insidious: Chapter 2” is a completely respectable rival of the horror genre and the perfect benchmark of where horror should be.