Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013)

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James Wan’s Insidious (2011) was a fun film that winked at and thrived on established ghost story tropes. However, this second chapter is a clumsily executed back flip.

Renai Lambert (Rose Byrne) still believes that the entity which tried to kidnap her son Dalton (Ty Simpkins) is still at large. Her husband Josh (Patrick Wilson) rubbishes her concern, determined to have a second successful shot at living a normal life. It turns out that Renai’s apprehension is more than justified because a pale woman dressed in white haunts their house. Meanwhile, Josh’s mother Lorraine (Barbara Hershey), employs Specs (Leigh Whannell) and Tucker (Angus Sampson) to get to the bottom of what’s behind these strange occurrences.

Chapter 2 is a bad mishmash of other horror films, namely Psycho (1960) and The Shining (1980). On paper this should have worked because the film deals with adumbral mother and father figures. But the approach is heavy-handed (every outside shot of the Lambert house emulates Hitchcock’s iconic framing of the Bates house – and there’s a gazillion of them) and the script verges many times on the ridiculous. There are several moments where the actors are at a loss, uncertain about what to make out of what they’re saying. Even Ms. Byrne, who was very good in the first film, struggles.

Not looking forward to Chapter 3.

Insidious (2011) review.

Dead Silence (2007) review.

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