"Insidious: Chapter 2" creeps its way on to Blu-ray and DVD for horror fans to either take in for the first time or enjoy again. Most people rightfully go into sequels with low expectations. They'll be happy to know that the bar has once again been raised by this thrilling follow-up to the highly successful 2011 haunted house spectacular.
The Lambert family moves into Josh's childhood house to escape the supernatural powers which manifested themselves in their own home. It doesn't take long to realize that whatever Josh (Patrick Wilson) brought back with him from the spirit world has followed them. The family must come together to uncover the dark secrets of the past and put an end to the otherworldly reign of terror they've been subjected to.
Director James Wan and writer Leigh Whannell fabricate a disturbing and complex tale that perfectly extends the story started with the first "Insidious." They've crafted something that stays with you rather than just being a short-term influence on the viewer. I walked away from it thinking I was fairly safe from any after-effects. It wasn't until I slipped into bed, fell asleep, and started having nightmares that I began to comprehend the sort of long-term influence "Insidious: Chapter 2" had on me.
The DVD version of "Insidious: Chapter 2" contains a couple special features. It includes two featurettes entitled "Peripheral Visions: Behind the Scenes" and "Ghostly Transformations." They concentrate on the making of the film and highlight the makeup process for the ghouls and ghosts.
"Insidious: Chapter 2" is rated PG-13 for intense sequences of terror and violence, and thematic elements. It's a straight-shooting supernatural horror film with no detours into adult situations or nudity. I wish more genre movies would borrow from this playbook.
If you look at "Insidious: Chapter 2" from the point of view of a Christian, it might not be for you. It features astral projection and communication with the dead. The afterlife begins with a pit-stop of sorts that seems to be purgatory. However, it's not a nice place as reflected in its dark and shadowy atmosphere. If you can look past these different elements and just enjoy a creepy flick for what it is, this is guaranteed to satisfy.
"Insidious: Chapter 2" starts off a little rough because of its awkward editing. The acting was a bit rusty at first as well. The movie finds its footing and makes up for all the above complaints. It has a well-thought out story that builds on, instead of repeats, what we experienced in "Insidious."