Release Date: September 12, 2013 (p.m. screenings)
Director: James Wan
Screenwriter: Leigh Whannell
Starring: Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Lin Shaye, Ty Simpkins, Barbara Hershey, Danielle Bisutti, Michael James Grise, Lindsay Seim
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (for intense sequences of terror and violence, and thematic elements)
Official Website: InsidiousCh2.com
Now, I’m going to try to do this review without spoiling details, and it’s going to be hard but I’m going to try to the best of my ability. INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2 takes us back to The Lamberts who went through basically hell over their son’s essence being trapped in this realm called The Further. Now, what’s extremely cool about how Wan and Leigh crafted this sequel in that they play it in a way that this realm The Further becomes a connection, a bridge between the first and this second movie. There would be little instances like a door suddenly opens by itself in the first film, and this sequel shows you why the door did that. There are countless sequels out there that try hard to expand on something while begging audiences to check out the first film again, but the way that is done in INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2 is clever. Folks who’ve seen the first movie would be amused, folks who haven’t seen it would practically beg to watch the first movie after they’re done viewing this sequel, and all of it much thanks to this realm that Wan and Leigh created, anything can happen in it, you can travel through time, you can travel through places, ghosts can get you there, and you can even get trapped in it, it’s like a zone or a dimension that probably Rod Serling himself would wish he had thought of it.
James Wan is a great horror director because he knows exactly what scares you. That idea that somebody may be there watching when you can’t really see anybody there at all. It’s that uneasy feeling that slowly but surely creeps up on you and then strikes you in a heartbeat without mercy, it’s that old ghostly tale told by some kind of expert who has gone through the experience years prior, Wan knows exactly which elements that would not only scare you but would also leave you scared long after the movie’s done. INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2 offers all that and a bag of chips, one can even call this movie, INSIDIOUS: The Origin Of The Bride In Black. While they’re dealing with what may or may not have happened to Patrick Wilson’s character, they discover a certain backstory that explains the motivation for the Bride In Black. While a certain past or a certain childhood is a dealt with and as they try to close the chapter on The Lamberts, they open a new way to a possibility of the team of experts going to another family, because this is a world where The Further has taken the front seat, it has become the lead star and the face of this franchise. I think INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2 won’t disappoint the fans, and I guarantee you’ll have a jolly good fright at the theaters.