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Insidious: Chapter 2

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  Insidious: Chapter 2 Review
Tookey's Rating
1 /10
Average Rating
3.53 /10
Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Barbara Hershey. Lin Shaye
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Directed by: James Wan
Written by: Leigh Wannell

Released: 2013
Origin: US
Colour: C
Length: 105

Bad idea, terribly executed.
Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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Director James Wan made two of the better haunted house movies of the past few years, in Insidious and The Conjuring. In this sequel to Insidious, he shows off his skill at creating an atmosphere of tension and unease – but that is never enough.

Devotees of the first Insidious may remember that it ended with its demonically possessed home-owner Josh (Patrick Wilson) strangling the medium (Lin Shaye) who came to help him, his traumatised wife (Rose Byrne) and their comatose son (Ty Simpkins) who had been abducted into the afterlife by a nasty spirit.

Now the family has moved into an even spookier house owned by Josh’s mother (Barbara Hershey). And history is repeating itself. Josh is pulling odd, tormented faces again, and his wife is being plagued by supernatural shocks. Something ghostly keeps playing the piano, which raises the terrifying possibility that the family is being haunted by the spirit of Russ Conway.

An unintelligible plot develops in three different time scales and several dimensions. You won’t have a clue what’s going on or why, and it’s completely impossible to care.

One Insidious was enough; a sequel was invidious.

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