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‘Insidious Chapter 2’ review

By on Oct 7, 2013 in Reviews | 2 comments

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Insidious Chapter 2 is a sequel to the indie horror hit Insidious. For those who haven’t seen it – and you should! – Insidious was one of the best horror films of 2011; the story revolved around a couple’s son who enters into a coma and becomes a vessel for spirits. The first film got many things right with suspense and pacing in the first half, but totally lost the plot in the second half of the film. A sequel was never planned for Insidious, so when Chapter 2 was announced based on how well the first film performed in the box office, I was curious to find out where the story would go.

Insidious Chapter 2 picks up the story from where the previous film left it, with a seemingly familiar ghost-follows-family-to-new-home plot. And while this has been done many times, what shines is how well the sequel’s plot meshes into events from the first film. It’s pretty impressive for a retconned storyline. I also liked the frequent use of colour red throughout the film – through red-coloured objects, door, and lighting – to add an eerie atmosphere in every scene. Joseph Bishara’s score, especially the use of piano sonatas, complements the sense of tension throughout the plot.

I never quite understood though why Insidious – and this sequel – sometimes turns to slapstick humour through the characters of two paranormal investigators during intense scenes. It almost feels like a formulaic decision made by the studio to ease tension during highly strung scenes. If there’s one thing that detracts this film from being “great”, it would be this.

I confess I’m a huge fan of director James Wan’s work: Saw is a perennial favourite among horror films for me. Insidious Chapter 2 is heavily influenced by The Conjuring (PS – I fucking hated that film), another recent Wan film, as he has confessed himself. But while¬†The Conjuring felt mainstream, I loved how Wan presumably had the freedom to try out a bolder story in this smaller budget film. I don’t have high hopes for the planned third film the Insidious series, but for those who liked the first film,¬†Chapter 2 gives a well-rounded to closure to the story.

Rating: 3.5 / 5


  1. Karan

    October 14, 2013

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    I’ve been meaning to ask this to you since quite some time: What’s your opinion of the IMDb movie ratings? In general, what has the difference been between a movie’s IMDb rating and your own rating?

    My case: I usually check Rotten Tomatoes, IMDb, et al, after watching the movie, and, more often than not, their ratings piss me off.


    • Ankur Banerjee

      October 17, 2013

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      Depends on what rating you’re talking about. Rotten Tomatoes and Metascore are mainly for critics’ review scores, IMDb is better for public review scores. Usually, I don’t check anything before watching a film and then just rate it later. I agree, it doesn’t match most of the time. I can usually also find a critic review which matches my opinion on Metascore.

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