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Directed by James Wan
Written by Leigh Whannell
Starring Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Lin Shaye and Barbara Hershey

The Lambert's believe that they have defeated the spirits that have haunted their family, but they soon discover that evil is not beaten so easily.

The following tags are associated with this movie: Supernatural, Demon, Entity
Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013)
Review by Bradley Frohloff

7 / 10
The ghosts, demons, spirits or whatever you'd like to call them aren't as frightening as those in the first film but it still maintains a fairly similar tone. The way the movie manages to connect inconsequential happenings from the first film does seem quite clever but at the same time it also feels a little convoluted, like they're trying to do too much with the story.

Insidious: Chapter 2 is a decent movie, though this sequel tends to rely on a few more cheap scares than the first movie.
Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013)
Review by Michael Mahoney

6 / 10
I wasn't the biggest fan of the first Insidious whatsoever. Oddly, I find this sequel mildly more enjoyable, though, odd mostly because it feels almost more Hollywood and conventional than the first. I'm not saying it's even a good movie, but marginally better? I can roll that way.

What struck me as consistently interesting was how the film was peppered with flashbacks, both scenes explaining more of the history of Josh Lambert's childhood experiences with the supernatural, along with some scenes from the first movie given more detail here. It was all easy enough to follow along with, and an interesting way to expand the story.

As it was, the mystery behind the entity that seems to have taken over Josh was generally engaging. While they may have gone into over-explanation mode, I still found it decent. And to be fair, there were other solid sequences too, such as the can-on-a-string scene, which was suitably creepy, or perhaps the best sequence, Josh Lambert being questioned by Carl near the end, which was unbelievably tense.

Still, like I said, the movie isn't amazing. The performances are all fine enough, we see a surprise face returning from the first movie, but even so, nothing here really blows me away at all. It's not a poor watch, by any means, but there's not enough here to warrant much in the way of a re-watch.

Leigh Whannell and Angus Sampson had a solid chemistry, as always. Steve Coulter (Carl) was a fine additional, and I enjoyed his dice-based mediuminess. Neither Rose Byrne nor Barbara Hershey wowed me, but Patrick Wilson put in a very solid performance, and as always, Lin Shayne was nice to see, in a slightly more background role.

I have to say, though, that the ending here was just terrible. Perhaps it'll be carried on into the third movie, but even if it is, that doesn't change the fact the ending was just horrid. Still, Insidious: Chapter 2 is marginally more enjoyable than the first part (I know I may be one of the few who believes this, but there you go), but it's not a good movie, and it's not something I could see going back to.
Other Entity movies that you may enjoy

Ghost Rig (2003)

Event Horizon (1997)

Slender Man (2018)

Insidious (2010)
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