Insidious Chapter 2 picks up from where it left off from the first chapter with Elise dead and Josh Lambert (Patrick Wilson) as the main suspect.
The scares and sightings start early in the movie as the hauntings continue even as the tormented family moves in with Josh’s mother. It is hard to miss the fact that something is not quite right with Josh especially with his assertive and almost forceful insistence that everything is back to normal. As we all know, Josh went to the dark side and brought something back with him. As the movie progresses, the truth behind the entities haunting Josh and who they really are slowly unravel.
The movie has quite a number of old school scares – abandoned buildings, doors opening by themselves and shadows jumping at you, most of them bordering between cheesy and creepy. Not to say none of it was scary, but there was just one too many creaking doors and characters with bad makeup which ended up making them more ridiculous than sinister.
The plot was too complex for a horror movie, with scenes jumping between the past and the present, then switching from protagonist to different characters doing different things at the same time.
I must say I quite enjoy the comedic relief by ghost busters Specs and Tucker. They were effectively funny but not ruining anything in the process. Elise Rainier (Lin Shaye) kicks ass even in death but everyone else did not manage to make much of an impression, especially protagonist Patrick Wilson who managed to make more of an impression in The Conjuring with less screen time.
Despite its short comings, the movie isn’t all that bad. There is just enough scares and tense moments for people who are looking for some thrills. The story telling was still impressive, although not entirely focused and detailed. I wished they had expanded on some of the side stories which will definitely give more depth and clarity to the storyline.
In conclusion, Insidious Chapter 2 is a movie made out of a bunch of potentially great ideas badly stitched together.
Our guest reviewer Cherry Choo loves horror movies and feels that all movies need a lot more gore to make it all better!