James Wan’s Insidious: Chapter 2 may have been a somewhat forced sequel after the major success of the first film, but Wan does everything in his power to make it one that not only holds up to the original, but takes you deeper into the further in a strange as hell ride. Wan has stated that this will mark his last film in the genre as he moves on to newer and exciting things so it’s no surprise that he really wanted to leave behind a wickedly weird and entertaining flick that is riddled with enough scares to make Insidious: Chapter 2 an absolute blast. The sequel picks up right where the original left off as the haunted Lambert family seeks to uncover the mysterious childhood secret that has left them dangerously connected to the spirit world.
Wan handles his sequel in the exact way that it should have been as it literally picks up from the moment the original leaves off without skipping a beat. The film digs even deeper into the further that Wan created in the original and the result is some clown-shit crazy fun. I loved that you’re essentially required to watch the original flick before heading into this one otherwise you would be more lost than Patrick Wilson trapped in the further. It’s an ideal sequel that delivers on the ideas that the original left behind while expanding the world it created.
Patrick Wilson really dialed in on this one. Watching him go all Jack Torrence on his family was definitely a surprise and an awesome one at that. Leigh Whannell and Angus Sampson, as the returning psychic investigators Specs and Tucker made for some solid tension relief. It felt as if those characters exist solely for the purpose of not taking the film too seriously, which actually turned out perfectly because the sequel is so far out there that we definitely need a couple of characters to provide a few smiles here and there. And I can’t forget to mention Danielle Bisutti who you’ll see in the picture above. She is responsible for a lot of the creeps that get under your skin throughout the film, and while she only gets one scene with dialog, it’s a memorable one as she pulls off the psycho bitchtacular mother brilliantly. You really don’t see her much in the film, but when you do, you can expect some horror induced goosebumps.
Insidious: Chapter 2 turned out to be a surprisingly solid sequel that delivers on the scares and was thoroughly entertaining. It’s such a strange sequel that I get the feeling that Wan and Whannell were just trying to mess with us. There was an interview with the filmmakers who said that because this was a sequel it aloud them to do some “crazy” stuff with it—and that they did! It’s a film that could easily be a turn off for some, but if you enjoyed the original flick even just a little, and you don’t mind turning your brain off for a couple of hours, it’s an absolute blast that will have you smiling one second and gripping your seat the next. While this is said to be Wan’s last film in the horror genre, I hope that we one day see him return because he has really become a force in the world of horror and one that will surely be missed.