If you were a fan of the first, you will love the second installment (by puppycupcake)
The movie picks up right where the first left off, and really gives you the back story of the family and why they are going through everything they are going through. They style is very similar, and there is so much originality and style that you just don't see with today's modern horror story flicks. There are plenty of scares, plot twists, surprises, a-ha moments, and plenty of tense moments and horror. I really enjoyed it just as much as the first. I got to see The Ultimate Insidious Experience which was a back to back double feature which was really cool to refresh what had <more>
happened in the first. There are moments that explain cleverly scenes that didn't make sense in the beginning but are cleverly resolved in the end. I have always loved the first Insidious and the second is equally as good in my book. If you didn't like the first, you won't like the second. It's just a great spooky, scary, haunted house, ghost, abandoned hospital story that is well-done and leaves you very satisfied at the end. They leave it open for further sequels that are sure to follow. A definite must-see for any horror movie fan.
I loved this movie. Loved it, loved it, loved it. James Wan is one of the best directors of recent times and he makes his stand by offering two awesome horror movies this year. I personally preferred Insidious 2 though, as I appreciated the rich character development and the concept of the Further. There are clear references to The Shining and Psycho but this movie leaves its own mark of disturbing. Of course it's always great to add some light humor in between to dilute the scares as they REALLY packed a punch in this second installment . So if you're kind of doubting the movie <more>
based on its bad rep, don't listen to the negative comments/reviews as this is easily one of the best movies this year. Everyone did a phenomenal job and the end product turned out a lot more satisfying than I expected.
I have always been a fan of horror movies. Slasher movies not so much usually because of the plot lack. In most cases horror movies always had the plot challenge. But Insidious chapter 2 had no problems. As a matter of fact this was one of the first ghost stories that not only scared your pants of but it also made you wanting to know what was going to happen next.I won't give up any of the story except that Amy true horror fan needs to see it. Most of the user reviews were on target with some idiotic exceptions. Now for critics that hammered this movie please find another field of work <more>
because you wouldn't know a great film if it hit you in the face.
All week I was digging around trying to find critics' reviews about this to see what they thought at their early screenings. Well, it wasn't good, and I was feeling let down already. They all basically said the same thing; that the jump and scare moments were plenty, but that's about it. The story is too convoluted and it just isn't as good as the first one. Also, there is too much humor and wit in it, and it takes away from the tension buildup. But would that stop me from seeing it first chance I get Thursday night? As a die-hard of demon movies and of the first Insidious, <more>
nothing was going to stop me.When the movie opened with the original Insidious creepy sound of high-pitched instruments, I was very excited. I sat back and prepared to enjoy the ride. And did I ever. At the conclusion, I immediately knew that this installment was more horrifying than the first one. I'm not saying the story was better, or that it was written, acted, or any other cinema verb you could think of done better, because that's still up for debate. But what I knew for sure was that this was more terrifying than the first one. And that's the whole point of scary movies, right? To be terrified? A handful of the jump and scare moments will stick with you, that's for sure. Patrick Wilson did an amazing job, as he has done in his recent string of scary movies. While the two goofy underlings to Elise do bring humor to the table, I don't think it takes much away from the overall dread and terror. At least not as much as critics are saying it does. What I loved about this movie besides the scares, was that it tied together some things from the first one. I wasn't expecting that. You'll see what I'm talking about when you see it though. You'll probably say something along the lines of what I said when it was happening.."Wow, that was beautifully planned out and executed. Props to the writers there." The story is more complicated than the first one, but if you can keep up, you'll really appreciate and enjoy it. And the complexity of it will make it a movie worth seeing multiple times in order to catch everything. Be prepared to jump a mile in your seat at some of the parts. Then laugh while your heart rate comes back down. I'm giving this a 9/10. But that is pretty biased because of my love of the first movie. So more realistically, 8/10.
It's different but it does live up to the first chapter (by kluseba)
If you happened to like the first chapter, you will also like the second even though there are a few differences between both movies. First of all, the second chapter kicks off with a more gripping story line and a few good scares while the first part took its time to introduce everybody. As the second movie is based on quite the same characters as the first movie, there is no need to lose precious screening time and the movie doesn't. This movie's pace is definitely faster and quite gripping from the beginning to end.The second movie also has a more complex story line. While the <more>
first movie left us with a few unsolved questions and problems, the second film resolves them all in a quite logical way. In fact, there are multiple story lines here that are though easy to digest and to follow and that all lead to a dramatic ending. We see some scenes that happen in Josh's past, other things that have happened in the first movie or just after, a couple of scenes playing in "The Further" and finally the main story line in the now and here. Some scenes show us the past and present family life of Josh, others focus on the works of the ghost busters who try to help them. All in all, the story in here is much more intelligent and profound than in the first film which is something I didn't expect. The characters are even more attaching than before and you are really happy to see some of them again. In addition to this, the few new characters of good or evil character are really great and welcome additions to the plot. That's why this movie is one of the rare really convincing sequels as it lives up to the brilliant first movie.The movie has a few really good scares of course but overall the first movie was a lot creepier and more disturbing. In fact, you happen to know what is going on if you have seen the first movie and that's why you aren't that shocked or surprised anymore. This being said, you absolutely need to have seen the first film if you want to try out this one because if you don't know the first chapter, you won't fully understand the second."Insidious - Chapter 2" has a few very memorable scenes and maybe even more than the first one. My favourites were the dice play that unveiled the hidden knife, the creepy but not evil mystery man in the first scene in "The Further" and the scene with Marilyn and her mother. In some scenes, you can see that the second chapter is not only influenced by its own first part but also by several genre classics. The mystery man recalled me David Lynch's "Lost Highway" while other scenes reminded me of the evil Bob of "Twin Peaks". The ending of the movie has many moments that made me think of the legendary "The Shining". I guess these references are more than just good as so is this movie.In the end, you really should watch this horror film of the year in the movie theatres but I may give you a few advices to end up my review. Just avoid going to the movies at popular screening times such as Friday or Saturday night. I have read and also personally experienced a lot of noisy people who are talking all the time and laughing out loud just to calm down and try not to show how afraid they really are. Second, you should keep your feet on the ground and not try to eat or drink too much during the movie. Some scenes suddenly get very scary and could lead you to throw away your popcorn and pour some coke on your clothes or those of your neighbour. If your potential girlfriend isn't all that much into horror movies or a Gothic, please don't take her out to witness such a movie. Third, you shouldn't drink or eat too much before watching this film. The movie has a few uglier scenes than the first one even though they are not disgusting. The thing is that you have a glimpse at a few disturbing things but your vivid imagination might think further and that's where this fantastic movie automatically leads you to a few nastier thoughts. If you have a weak heart, if you are a very nervous person or if you are pregnant, please avoid this movie for your own security.Anyone else, please enjoy this atmospheric contemporary horror masterpiece.
Arguably one of the best horror sequels ever made (by louisrichardt)
Insidious Chapter 2 is arguably one of the best horror sequels ever made. It keeps the elements that made the original so successful intact, while introducing the audience to new/ different pieces to freshen it up. While watching the film I could really see how The Conjuring educated Wan in how to set up horror scenes for more effective delivery. Just like there was "Hide and Clap" children's game in The Conjuring, he introduces "The Can Telephone" to set up quite the satisfying scare towards the middle. I really appreciated this prop coming in at the end as well.. <more>
His movies have such a creative / playfulness in scare manifestation. His team now has an inexhaustible element to continue to play with. Maybe this will even become his signature style of scare? This was an effective sequel as well because it deepens and expands the story simultaneously. We get to see what happens seconds later after the first film, while going into Josh's past.. I so enjoyed seeing scenes from the first film reevaluated too.. This is reminiscent of great sequels such as Back to the Future Part Two and Harry Potter 3. So overall, this is a great film. Wan and his team keeps getting better and better at their craft, developing and playing with new ways to scare, while staying within their signature style. The film in the end comes to a very satisfying conclusion.. As much as I loved this film, I really hope it ends here. They did such a great job avoiding sequel pitfalls, I'm not sure a third film would be as successful.. They end it where hope and dread meet. Is there any better place to be?
I went into this film with fairly high expectations. They clearly were not high enough. This easily matches, if not surpasses the first instalment. I loved the first film, and this is easily the best horror sequel I have ever seen.The storyline was fantastic, the slightly ambiguous ending of the first film was brought to light nicely, and a deeper more complex meaning behind the haunting was revealed. The full extent of the main plot line was given in chunks, so that I was always kept guessing, right up until the end.The actors played their roles well, child acting included. The roles were <more>
believable, and the characters were portrayed nicely.The main thing that makes this film and the first so good is that it is actually scary. There is hardly any violence, no blood, but they are some of the most jumpy films that I have seen. The lower budget effects are used simply and to great effect. The low key nature of the scares make them all the more believable.Overall this is a fantastic horror film, and matching the excellent original, if you haven't seen Insidious, see it so that you can see this! If you have seen Insidious, just see this!
A super natural haunted house sequel. (by JakexHorror)
In 2010's insidious Acclaimed horror duo James Wan And Leigh Whannell, creators of the SAW franchise unleashed upon us a terrifying take on the haunted house movie. Insidious, told the story of a family plagued by unwanted visitors, The Supernatural Kind. Fast forward to 2013 and now we have Insidious Chapter 2. The Lambert family have now moved from the house and moved on from all the experiences they had in it. Josh, Renai and their three children are all safe, and safe with Josh's Mom. The story starts with a young Josh and explains how he has the gift for astral projection, which <more>
with the help of Elise, he eventually suppresses this and forgets about his gift. Just when the family think they are safe and their horror has passed them, things begin to go bump in the night. But this time its not little Dalton who's in trouble, its Josh himself. Renai and new character, Carl get help for Josh after they both sense theirs something not quite right about him. They set out to free Josh and the family from the evil that haunts them. Told through a series of story strands its interesting to see the direction the Duo have taken with this and everything builds on top of each other to create an interesting narrative which combines the best of the first film and expands on the story of the first one and the women in black from the photos, its interesting to see the character development portrayed. Combining the best elements from The Shining, Poltergeist and Psycho proves to be a successful formula and nothing seems forced or contrived here. Tying in perfectly with the first one, I found myself shocked at some of the twists and how it tied perfectly into the first film. If you are expecting edge of your seat scares then this film will disappoint you. The jump scares are effect due to the camera work by James Wan. The ending leaves the door open for a sequel, it will be interesting to see where the series will go now Wan has bowed out from the Horror Genre, if this is his final swan song for the genre then he has done a phenomenal job and can bow out gracefully.
I was taken waaayy to the Further... Three times. (by henalx1530)
I had the chance to see 3 times a screening of Insidious: Chapter 2, and I gotta say, it delivered. After seeing the first installment, The Conjuring and now this one, James Wan became one of my fave director's of horror. He knows how to scare me and not with the clichés horror movie scenes. He knew how to make a great sequel, starting right where the first one left off. The way he connected all the dots, how he took us to the first chapter was brilliant. I must say this one was not scarier than the first one but it simply found the unexpected times to deliver a great scare. I cannot <more>
wait for the third chapter of this story and see how it delivers. 100% recommended for the fans of the first one, and for those who has not seen it, they must see the first one to be able to understand and keep up with story and character on the chapter 2.