INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2 (2013) Reviews and overview

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Insidious: Chapter 2 is 2013 American supernatural horror film directed by James Wan (SawThe Conjuring) from a screenplay by Leigh Whannell (Saw and sequels). It is a sequel to 2011’s Insidious.

The film stars Patrick Wilson and Rose Byrne reprising their roles as Josh and Renai Lambert, a husband and wife who seek to uncover the secret that has left them dangerously connected to the spirit world.


The Lambert family are happily reunited after Josh went into the Further to get his son Dalton back. However, paranormal events continue to occur, which become more and more terrifying. When the family begins to notice strange behaviour from the father, they start to wonder; is it really Josh that came back?


“After the pleasurable free fall into old-fashioned nightmare artistry that was last summer’s The Conjuring, this busy-yet-dull sequel feels like Wan robotically flexing his manipulation of fright-film signposts, an exercise more silly than sinister.” Los Angeles Times

“Setting aside the movie’s tediously lame dialogue, self-conscious performances and frequently predicable scares, the narrative’s compulsively shifting chronology intermittently manages to engage, although it does little to obscure the distracting shortcomings of both plot and character development.” The Hollywood Reporter


Insidious 2 fully delivers in terms of exploring the mysteries left behind in the previous installment, while also expanding on its intriguing mythology. However, the sequel also embraces the first film’s quirkier, campier aspects, which makes for a few good laughs, but also some less-than-terrifying horror sequences.” IGN

“James Wan serves up a terrifying sequel to his 2011 haunted house hit. Terrifying, that is, if you’re under ten.” London Evening Standard


“A number of scenes disturb or disgust on a visceral, shock-and-awe level — something the filmmakers have shown an aptitude for since Saw — but they don’t quite come together to create the cohesive, frightening atmosphere we’ve come to expect.” The Verge

“Wan’s directorial imagination is as keen as ever – even when it’s not being used to terrify at rapid-fire pace. The changed setting (now located in Josh’s childhood home) is more ominous, the visual palette is more dismal and dreary – and as stated, there are still those set pieces and sequences throughout the film that will give you chills.” Screen Rant

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‘In fairness to Wan and Whannel, they’ve attempted to do something interesting and the aforementioned investigation proves mildly intriguing. But the scares are repetitive and the film is significantly less grounded, while Wilson isn’t as convincing as a possessed psycho as he was a supernaturally sceptic father.’ London Metro

Cast and characters:

Patrick Wilson … Josh Lambert
Rose Byrne … Renai Lambert
Barbara Hershey … Lorraine Lambert
Lin Shaye … Elise Rainier
Ty Simpkins … Dalton Lambert
Steve Coulter … Carl
Leigh Whannell … Specs
Angus Sampson … Tucker
Andrew Astor … Foster Lambert
Hank Harris … Young Carl
Jocelin Donahue … Young Lorraine
Lindsay Seim … Young Elise Rainier
Danielle Bisutti … Mother of Parker Crane
Tyler Griffin … Young Parker
Garrett Ryan … Young Josh
Tom Fitzpatrick … Bride in Black / Old Parker
Michael Beach … Detective Sendal
J. LaRose … Long Haired Fiend
Brooke Peoples … Neighbour Jessica
Edwina Findley … Front Desk Nurse Hillary
Stephanie Pearson … Dark Haired Woman
Jorge-Luis Pallo … Brian
Priscilla Garita … Natalie
Jenna Ortega … Annie
Dannay Rodriguez … Allison
Sienna Farall … Coma Ward Nurse
Jack Walsh … Old Man in the Further
Brynn Bowie … Kali
Madison Bowie … Kali

Technical details:

1 hour 46 minutes
Audio: Dolby Digital| Dolby Atmos| Datasat| Dolby Surround 7.1 | SDDS
Aspect ratio: 2.35: 1



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