It isn't every day a sequel is as good as the original, especially in the horror genre, but "Insidious: Chapter 2" manages to pull it off. From the creative minds behind "Saw," "Death Sentence," "Paranormal Activity," and "Sinister" comes the follow up to 2010's smash hit, and it takes place just moments after the heart pounding climax of "Insidious."
We now are left with the Lambert family visiting Josh's mother after everything transpired, a wife coming to terms with who her husband really is, and a mom uncovering the secrets of the family's haunting. The sequel was expertly written by Leigh Whannell (he writes most of director James Wan's films), and producer Jason Blum really helped deliver the scares this time around. With a little help from some shaky cameras and trick lighting we are left with just as many scares as our first voyage into this world, but unfortunately they couldn't recapture the creepiness of The Further.
The cast delivered on every level (except for a few scenes where I feel Rose Byrne couldn't quite sell the emotion she was going for), and even the main cast's younger selves did a standup job. A lot of times in sequels you find people phoning it in, but it really seemed like everyone was committed to delivering a quality product, and it really shows. I especially appreciated the return of the two ghost hunters Tucker and Specs; they provided some much needed comic relief just like the first time around.
Without revealing too much it was really interesting to see how they tied everything together with the first story. The rules of The Further were expanded on, and a certain deceased cast member from "Insidious" was able to clear some things up and really stole all the scenes she was in. While the film was a little slow to get started with the scares it certainly picks up, and then it just doesn't stop until the end. I walked away thinking about what happened, and hoping for a third film, for hours afterwards.
With a quality script, excellent acting, and great use of music/camera work to make scenes tense and intense "Insidious: Chapter 2" is perhaps the best horror sequel we've seen in the past decade (at least). While it is far from perfect, and doesn't capture the creepiness the first one had, it just feels like a proper follow up, and you can sense that no one intended to just make a quick cash grab. The creative minds had a way to continue the story, and give us something new, and they succeeded at doing just that. This is a MUST SEE for fans of horror and the original. 4/5
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