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Monday, September 23, 2013

Insidious Chapter 2 movie review

The much anticipated Insidious Chapter 2 attracted a large movie following in its opening weekend. However, this movie was lacking the scares that made the original Insidious a success. This Insidious movie never created the jump-out-of-your-seat moments we expected. James Wan and Leigh Whannell put forth a better effort in Insidious (2011) than in Insidious Chapter 2.

We enjoyed the fan reaction more than the Insidious Chapter 2 movie itself. Insidious Chapter 2 was cool to watch on Friday the 13th, but this horror movie seemed like an unfinished or rushed project. An example of this is when you write an excellent paper (Insidious), and then later you complete a mediocre assignment (Insidious Chapter 2) just to satisfy the requirements. Insidious Chapter 2 reminded us about all those horror sequels that attempted to reveal too much exposition and over concentrated on ineffective scares.

In 1986, Elise is called to to the Lambert's home to help young Josh with his night terrors. Josh's mother Lorraine shows Elise pictures of an old woman who keeps appearing next to Josh and is terrorizing his dreams. This opening scene gives us some backstory fillers that were left out in the original Insidious.

The execution of this scene made the astral horror movie appear amateurish. It felt like watching a SyFy movie with a higher production cost and better special effects. The scares were too staged and never created any real fear. The audience reaction provided better entertainment, as do most scary movies involving this sub-genre of horror.

Watching a female ghost sitting on a sofa is not scary. Seeing dice roll and communicating that spirits are around is not scary. The original Insidious created that fear factor. The old woman in that movie added that element of fear we did not feel in this sequel. Most horror sequels use exposition to explain too much; it is like watching Kill Bill Vol. 2 all over again.

Insidious Chapter 2 was fun to watch. We stayed true to our mission to cover Insidious 2. As you remember, we wrote plenty of content on AstralWriter.com about astral projection and Insidious. Horror fans enjoyed astral projection in Insidious, which we never hear about in the dialogue during Insidious Chapter 2. We see Dalton astral project. This dynamic technique of leaving the physical body by way of an astral body is never mentioned, it is just shown and implied to remind us.

Leigh Whannell is a talented screenwriter. He knows how to write a screenplay. James Wan is the most popular movie director in Hollywood right now. This moviemaking duo were given $5 million to shoot Insidious Chapter 2. The multiple locations and unbelievable backstory with the old woman ruined the plot. We enjoyed the scary old woman in the original movie. Her spookiness freaked out moviegoers.

In this second edition, learning the real truth the old woman desensitized the scares. We just didn't feel the fear and connected this lack of horror to the backstory. Why do we need to see Renai getting interrogated by a detective who mocks the paranormal? Do the apparitions appearing in the daytime really scare fans? Will a story of a troubled boy spirit that mimics The House at the End of the Street or Sleepaway Camp plot cause chills?

Rocking horses are not scary. We need more than just implied horror to get us scared. Don't get us wrong; we enjoyed Insidious Chapter 2. However, this latest sequel is nothing like Insidious (2011). Sure, there are a few scenes in Insidious that were silly moments (red-faced demon behind Lorraine). For the most part, the astral projection discussion and watching Josh astral project into The Further were awesome plot devices.

Insidious Chapter 2 focused on the old woman and her story instead of showing us the spooky nature of The Further. In the movie ending, there was no immediacy in this sequel. If you are an Insidious fan, then you know the difference between the two movie endings.

Overall, Insidious Chapter 2 was written and directed good. It was not as scary as we expected. We've watched scarier moments in paranormal television shows than in Insidious 2. Insidious (2011) was an awesome movie that got made for only $1.5 million. James and Leigh had to take a huge pay cut to accept this original movie. Their gamble sure paid off in a huge way last weekend.

Insidious Chapter 2 entered movie theaters at the right moment and entertained horror fans looking for scary fun on Friday the 13th. The Insidious Chapter 2 ending hints to us that a number #3 is in the future. It is almost certain that Insidious 3 will be arriving in movie theaters in the next few years.

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