Insidious: Chapter 2 continues where we left the Lambert family from the original film, Insidious. Josh Lambert, played by Patrick Wilson (Watchmen, Little Children), is still connected to the spirit world and his family is fighting to solve the mystery of why they are still being haunted by the dead.
There may be spoilers from Insidious in the following review and I strongly recommend viewing the first film before watching the new sequel. You will certainly be lost in the story otherwise.
Insidious was one of the scariest films I have witnessed in a long time and its sequel, Insidious: Chapter 2 is just as creepy. In the first film, Josh Lambert and his son are able to travel through their sleep into “The Further” which is a place for tormented souls of the dead. While there are traveling, these souls want nothing more than to get another chance at life by taking over their bodies. Chapter 2 is a continuation of this story and in went into a direction I was not expecting. As much of a horror film this was, it quickly became a mystery that lets the audience try to solve it.
I have a lot of admiration for the director James Wan. He created the original Saw film and was disappointed in the direction that it went. Wan didn’t want that to happen with Insidious. He said that whether the movie is good or bad, he will have told the story he wanted to tell. I think he did a fantastic job with this installment and was able to give the audience some new scares. Wan is the new master of horror after his successful sleeper hit this past summer, The Conjuring. Joseph Bishara once again creates a terrifying score to accompany the film. The music and sound in this film is what makes it even more horrifying.
The film takes little time to start scaring the audience. The thrills begin right away without running its course. There was a couple times where I literally jumped out of my seat. I can only hope James Wan and his writing partner, Leigh Whannel, can continue to create good horror films. Although they don’t have anything planned (or none that we know of), James Wan is currently directing Fast & Furious 7. Wan did a great job on the underrated action film, Death Sentence, so I trust him with the Fast & Furious franchise.
Insidious: Chapter 2 shows us that James Wan is for real and is capable of creating hit after hit. The film made $41 Million this weekend on a budget of only $5 Million. That is huge and it set the record for the second biggest opening in September. If you are a fan of horror, I highly recommend checking out the latest installment of Insidious but make sure to see the original first. It was also recently announced that there will be a third Insidious film.