Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Insidious: Chapter 2

One of the great horror movie suprises from the last couple of years was Insidious. The movie was eerie and frightening without relying on gore the way the Saw films have used to death. What was also cool was it's totally off the wall and original premise. That dead spirits could posess the bodies of those who can walk the astral plane. They live in "The Further" a spirit world that kind of lives in the same space ours does. That's how we can see the spirits and they can see us. Hauntings are simply our world crashing into theirs.

Insidious: Chapter 2 picks up almost immediately after the first film. Rose Byrne's character is being interviewed by the police about the events of the first film, which provides a nice recap for those who saw the first film when it came out in 2011, but also for people just coming into Chapter 2 as their first Insidious film. It's hard to discuss the plot of the film, since it completely spoils the cliffhanger of the first film, but let's just say things are not all right with the family who believe they've just lived through a terrifying ordeal.

Our family is living at Josh Lambert's mother's house while the cops investigate their residence, since a character died there at the end of the first film. As they start to come down from the hauntings, new ones start. Not the same sprits, but similar things. Seeing things in the mirror, children's toys going off in the middle of the night, loud noises, etc. But Renai Lambert (Rose Byrne) thinks there is something wrong with her husband Josh, and his mother goes to find our ghost hunting characters from the last movie to find out how to stop the disturbances.

Wan proved he was a master of the horror genre with the first Insidious, and he continues the same style with this movie. It's very well done, with lots of twists and turns that don't feel recylced from the first film. It trully feels like a second chapter of a single story and not a typical horror sequel. Check this movie out, it is very well done.

4 out of 5 Stars

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