Movie Review: Insidious: Chapter 2 by Kamran Jawaid

This post is the unedited copy of the review published in on the 7th of December 2013.

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By Mohammad Kamran Jawaid

Yes, the cast of “Insidious” sees dead people. Almost everyone in every horror movie does. Insert *gasp* here.

Haunted cupboards, creaking doors, shrieking specters with white washed make-up: if one has seen “Insidious” – or perhaps any other ‘haunted house horror movie’ (not the hack-slashing stuff director James Wan started out with) – then there’s probably nothing in “Insidious: Chapter 2” that may scare you. Until, that is, you are primed to scare yourself. In that case, well, “Chapter 2”, really isn’t so bad.


Honestly though, it is ho-hum – and sometimes freakishly annoying. Mr. Wan’s other haunted house film, “The Conjuring”, is a far better substitute with the same tools. In comparison, “Chapter 2” is just a tensionless extension (which most sequels are, if the first part made tons of money).

We open moments after Josh Lambert (Patrick Wilson, like the movie, ho-hum), comes back after rescuing their son from the lightless, smoke-clogged ether-world “The Further” and ‘takes care’ of friendly psychic Elise Ranier (Lin Shaye). Josh’s body is possessed by something (duh?!), and “Chapter 2”, which includes a lot of intercuts into Josh’s flashback, and some local home-horrors with wife Renai (Rose Byrne), takes an extended time to wrap things up…or does it?

Mr. Wan, who seemed to have a knack for building up scares with the usual horror devices, is partially lugging through “Chapter 2”. If you give a hoot about the “further” (which I believe is just a cheapskate way of producing a nether-realm of dream and demons), then chances are that Josh’s trip into this dreamscape, and the resulting lost-and-found bit, is worth the peril.

“Chapter 2” re-includes Lorraine Lambert (Barbara Hershey), the returning ghostbusters duo Specs and Tucker (co-screenwriter Leigh Whannell and Angus Sampson), and adds Carl (Steve Coulter), a medium who speaks to spirits with dices. “Every medium has his own way”, Carl says (or something close to the effect).


It is humorous – which may be a contradiction, since we are talking about jeepers and creepers and the occult – that professionals, whose subject of study are abstract with a large margin of hit-and-miss suddenly find the right answers at the flick of a dice. All they needed to do was ask, I think.

Did we ask for “Chapter 2”; in a way, yes we did. Are we asking for “Chapter 3”? No, but we’ll get it anyways.

Released by Footprint Entertainment and Film District, “Insidious: Chapter 2” is rated PG-13. Expect a lot of ghostly happenings and a lot of gasps (*gasp*, the furniture moved, *gasp*, the baby monitor picks up evil voices, *gasp*, my dad – and the rest of the family – sees dead people).

Directed by James Wan; Produced by Jason Blum, Oren Peli; Screenplay by Leigh Whannell (story by Mr. Wan and Mr. Whannell); Cinematography by John R. Leonetti with Editing by Kirk Morri; Music by Joseph Bishara;

Starring: Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Lin Shaye, Ty Simpkins, Barbara Hershey, Leigh Whannell and Angus Sampson and Steve Coulter.


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