Special Guest Blogger, Trent Laurentino
2 out of 4 Stars
Can anybody ever make a good horror sequel? I guess not.
With the horror film-maker of our time, James Wan, behind the camera for this incredibly anticipated contribution to the genre, the expectations were sky-high. After putting together creative interpretations such as Saw and the first Insidious, it seemed he could do no wrong.
Then the movie started.
And with a muddled combination of sleazy screen-writing and cliché horror spooks, Insidious Chapter 2 was about as entertaining as a run-down Nintendo videogame from the 70’s. The rushed script included ridiculous story twists and lackadaisical dialogue that made me shiver on occasion but not nearly as much as the already used plot lines from his two previous entries, Insidious and the The Conjuring, which happens to be the over-whelming flaw of the film. If it weren’t for the amount of already used material from his two previous films, then maybe Insidious 2 would’ve had a chance of sliding with me but unfortunately, the narcissism was too blatantly obvious. The failure of the film was in the writing and everything that proceeds just turns out humdrum and officiously identical to Insidious and The Conjuring. Although, being an avid horror geek, a film such as this still falls under the category that pictures such as Gareth Edward’s Monsters and Wan’s The Conjuring do, which is decent considering the garbage that is released in modern day for horror. With manageable dialogue [for the most part], and actors who don’t make you actually want to kill them yourself, the movie is watchable, which is already better than the average horror film. All that said, I did enjoy the petrifying performance of Lin Shaye reprising her role as Elise just as well as child actor, Ty Simpkons, who gives another surprisingly pleasant performance as Dalton. Overall, Insidious Chapter 2 is a bumpy ride that might make you jump a few times but still, nothing nearly as special as its’ predecessor. If there was any hope for horror fans such as me looking for the first great horror sequel [not including James Cameron’s Aliens, which I consider to be an action film rather than a horror piece], then this was it, and Wan failed. Maybe we should go back and watch Dario Argento’s Inferno, then it might make us feel good about Insidious Chapter 2.
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