Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013) No Spoiler Review

An Average Movie-Goer’s Review

No spoilers! If you would like spoilers – check out the Spoiler post

I love horror movies and if I’m going to watch them anyway, why not write an entertaining/funny review from the POV of an average movie-goer and not a professional critic.

Today we’re looking at the 2nd installment of the Insidious series, Insidious Chapter 2

Picking up where Insidious left off, the Lamberts must figure out what followed Josh out of the Further and how to survive the new threat without Elise.

Is Insidious Chapter 2 Scary?

Insidious Chapter 2 has some good effective jump scares but they aren’t as effective as the first. Where the first had more tension building, this one feels more in your face in trying to scare you. There also feels to be more emphasis on character development which isn’t a bad thing.

Overall you won’t leave Insidious Chapter 2 too scared of much unless you recently left a demonic purgatory and you just saw another ghost.

No Spoiler Review:

Insidious Chapter 2 is pretty good. I don’t feel like it was better than the first but it was close mainly due to us getting more backstory on a lot of the characters and things hinted at in the first film. The way the story is told interweaving a lot of plot points while also tying up events from the first film is entertaining though not perfect.

Unfortunately, at a certain point in the movie, the writers add something new that feels like it was written because they wrote themselves into a corner. There are no hints to this new revelation in this film or the original so it sort of ruins the pre-established lore and just creates more questions.

There’s also a dumb character choice that drives a large part of the film and those of you who aren’t naturally trusting of ghosts will be annoyed at how several characters react.

Despite this Insidious 2 is entertaining and I enjoyed it. The acting, dialogue, and scares were good and felt pretty on par with the first… although the first had more effective tension building and that red-face demon jumpscare will haunt me for the rest of my life.

Overall I do recommend Insidious Chapter 2 as it’s an effective sequel that continues and ties up the cliffhanger of the first film.


Stuff to Ignore

Rotten Tomatoes – 38%

Metacritic – 40

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