MOVIE REVIEW: Insidious: Chapter 2 – Some Nightmares Never End

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Written By: Justin Morales

Director: James Wan
Starring: Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Barbara Hershey

Dalton Lambert (Ty Simpkins) was freed from a spirit realm known as “The Further” with the help of his father Josh Lambert (Patrick Wilson) and psychic Elise Rainier (Lin Shaye). Elise isn’t new to helping the Lambert’s, she once helped Josh when he was a child block his power to travel towards “The Further” while he was sleeping. The psychic was able to help Josh without a problem but unfortunately Dalton was a bit more of a difficult task. Elise’s life was taken while she was trying to free Dalton, she was found dead from a mysterious strangulation.

Due to a police investigation of Elise’s death, the Lambert family were forced to move in with Josh’s mother Lorraine (Barbara Hershey). They believed that their life of being haunted was behind them but they were beyond wrong – it was only the beginning. It all begins with Renai (Rose Byrne), Josh’s wife, believing that the man who came out of the spirit world that night was not Josh at all. And she was right. The same spirit that took over Josh’s body when he was a child was searching to kill again as it once did when the spirit was still alive. Now, the Lambert family must reveal the mysterious secret from Josh’s childhood to release his body of the spirit before it takes their lives and Josh’s body forever.

Insidious: Chapter 2 is the sequel to director James Wan’s hit horror film Insidious. James Wan had a successful take on the haunted house thriller, old-school scary without being disgustingly gross when it came to Insidious. Wan failed to do the same when it came to the sequel. What was great about Insidious and The Conjuring (also directed by Wan) is that to get the audience off their seat, Wan didn’t rely on “Boo!” moments but more on creating a highly suspenseful scene.

Patrick Wilson and Rose Bryne’s characters are the true highlights of the film. Patrick Wilson gave a possessed Josh Lambert the perfect amount of creepiness with his cunning menacing gaze. And when Josh Lambert finally reveals that he is indeed possessed than he only gets creepier – making you really believe that he is indeed possessed. As for Renai Lambert, you really feel for her in Insidiousnot only does she deal with almost losing her son, but she endures the process of almost losing her husband to the evil spirit, leaving her on the edge of losing her family entirely. Aside from that, Tucker (Angus Sampson) and Specs (Leigh Whannell), the two clumsy ghost hunters in the film, give the movie a great dose of comedic relief.

You do not need to see part one in order to understand the sequel, Wan carefully explains everything you need to know from Insidious to understand the film. But I would recommend waiting until the film hits DVD to see it, Wan’s latest project The Conjuring still holds the title for best horror film of the year.

What The Delio?!: 7/10