Sequel Insidious: Chapter 2 has some jumps and some good laughs, but ultimately is inferior to its predecessor due to the lack of sustained suspense.
Following the supernatural events that endangered their children, Josh and Renai Lambert’s connection to the spirit world remains unbroken. A childhood secret may hold the key to removing the nefarious spirits from their family…
Insidious: Chapter 2 carries on from the events of the first film, with some sequences which go back into the past. Through the course of the film it is two parallel narratives that run, although they intertwine at times.
The film replays some of the events of Insidious, filling in the gaps. This works well for the most part, although the film is not as clever as it thinks it is.
The main problem with Insidious: Chapter 2 is that the apprehension that was so successfully generated for much of the first film is missing here. There are jumps certainly, but the film is devoid of the building tension and atmosphere which made the original so memorable.
The comedy in Insidious: Chapter 2 does work, and indeed is more frequent than in its predecessor. This certainly offers an element of relief from the film’s scarier moments. The new characters brought into this instalment are a good fit.
The imagery and objects of fear build on what is featured in the original film. Some of the articles used to generate fear are those depicted time and again in the horror genre. As such, some devices can be spotted a mile off.
Performances in Insidious: Chapter 2 are in keeping with the tone of the film. Patrick Wilson injects an aura of campery which fits the more humorous side of the film.
Insidious: Chapter 2 is disappointing compared to its predecessor, but is by no means a terrible film in its own right. However there is no need for a third film.