When Insidious was released in 2010, it was praised for being a refreshingly new scary movie.
When I saw it I thought it was more creepy than scary but then I was lost by the third act when the evil demon haunting the family ended up being Darth Maul.
I loved that the first film ended with a cliffhanger because it let your mind wander with all kind of sinister thoughts to what could have happened or what will happen.
James Wan and Leigh Whannell return with a new chapter to the Insidious saga.
Since the first film ended with a lot of questions that needed to be answered, I expected this follow up film to dive into answering them. Instead, the second film turned into a messy and frustrating experience.
Insidious: Chapter 2 starts with Josh’s backstory to when he was haunted as a child. The audience learns about his journey and how he first met Elise.
The film then picks up where the first one ended. Renai and Josh have moved into Josh’s mother’s home and they try to live a normal life yet again. The hauntings that followed the family previously continue their shenanigans and Reani feels like they need to leave again. Josh keeps a lax demeanor while the hauntings happen which questions if he is really himself or if a spirit has possessed him.
The story continues with unfolding key clues to what’s really going on with the family. The problem is, the attempt to keep the audience guessing gets confusing and the plot turns into a non-cohesive mess. At times I felt like I was watching a comedy version of The Shining.
The second film does a good job wrapping the story around the first film, filling in certain holes and creating a broad world of the unknown. Also the characters of Specs and Tucker serve as a great comedy relief. But these things were not enough to outshine the first film.
With much investment into the first film, it’s hard to not want to know how the story continues. I wanted to know but I was unfortunately unimpressed with the lack of structure. I feel like Insidious: Chapter 2 was a missed opportunity to pick up a scary story and follow through with more thrills and a deeper story.
Insidious: Chapter 2 is out in theaters today.