Insidious: Chapter 2
Director: James Wan
Writer: Leigh Whannell
Sequel to: Insidious
Cast: Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Barbara Hershey, Ty Simpkins, Leigh Whannell, Angus Sampson, Lin Shaye, Steve Coulter
Seen on: 30.6.2015
After what happened in their home, the Lambert family decide to stay a while with Josh’s (Patrick Wilson) mother Lorraine (Barbara Hershey). But that home brings up memories from the first time Josh was confronted with the Black Bride and Lorraine had to ask Elise (Lin Shaye) and Carl (Stve Coulter) for help. Maybe that’s the reason why Josh is behaving so weirdly. Or maybe there is more to it.
Insidious: Chapter 2 might not be quite as good as the first film, but the difference between the two is so small, it almost disappears entirely.
It pays off that Insidious 2 has pretty much the same team as the first film. That means not only that the same – excellent – actors return to continue with their characters, giving the script the chance to round off the story and tie both films together very closely. It also means that we again get fantastic sound work and great cinematography, which is also a good basis.
Despite that I wasn’t quite as scared watching this film as I was watching the first film. That might be, on the one hand, that by featuring more Specs (Leigh Whannell) and Tucker (Angus Sampson), there are more funny moments (which is not a complaint – I enjoyed the humor and it fit weirdly well into the film). But the plot and the villain weren’t quite as strong as the first one anymore.
I have my problems with crossdressing evildoers. That is a rather popular trope and it conflates non-adherence to gender norms with psychopathy and mental illness which, you know, is not really a thing I can applaud. So I didn’t appreciate that in the first, and I didn’t appreciate how they got to their bad guy. That was extremely abrupt and just not handled very elegantly.
But that doesn’t mean that I didn’t absolutely enjoy the film. And even if I wasn’t all goosebumpy for the entirety of the film, I was still scared enough. Despite its weaknesses, Insidious 2 is still much better than many other horror movies I’ve seen in my life.