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Insidious: Chapter 2 Review

Posted by Nobody Loser Tuesday, October 22, 2013
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I sometimes wince at the thought of watching the second or third installment in a series. My wife asked if I wanted to go see Insidious: Chapter 2, and my reply was simple: Where could they possibly even go from the leaving point? Even if it ended with a hung story, would imagining what could happen be better than the Insidious team pushing another movie, even though I thoroughly enjoyed the first? It was certainly a no-brainer for me. I wiped my feet with it and threw it in the trash before I ever saw it. Good riddance!

I have my wife to thank for being the one in charge…and I don't simply mean when we're standing in line at the bank and I hold her purse or otherwise face her wrath. She talked the kids into leveraging all their powers against me, and then they chloroformed and dragged me into the theater. I was defenseless. It's a good thing, because I was also wrong.

The Lambert family, including the father, Josh (Patrick Wilson), the mother, Renai (Rose Byrne), the grandmother, Lorraine (Barbara Hershey), the two sons, Dalton (Ty Simpkins) and Foster (Andrew Astor), and the daughter, Kali (Madison Bowie & Brynn Bowie), have moved into the grandmother's home while the police investigate the death at their own home, which should be remembered from the first film. They find that they remain haunted, although it's unclear whether the haunting is a result of the boy's gift or some other phenomenon. After several frightening occurrences, the grandmother seeks help from talented paranormal investigators Specs (Leigh Whannell) and Tucker (Angus Sampson) and a medium by the name of Carl (Steve Coulter). There is also an appearance by Elise (Lin Shaye), from the first installment, which is odd, unless of course you know what Insidious is all about.

The investigation leads to the story behind the story, as the family deals with their specters, and it all culminates into an even deeper story behind The Bride in Black. In my opinion, it was a pretty good movie. I didn't find it nearly as frightening as the first, and it possibly failed as a horror movie all around, but it certainly sets a standard for great dark paranormal fantasy. I would recommend it for anyone who is inclined to like paranormal movies, but horror/gore lovers beware—this is not a horror review.


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