Insidious: Chapter 2
The shadow of darkness has terrified me longer then I could remember. Unlike the feeling of being confined to a small room, as my best friend is afraid of, the dark was something that I wished to never wonder through. What sends the shivers down my spine may not be the dark itself, but for whatever could be in the dark. Perhaps a creature never before seen or an unseen burglar who has a better weapon then my hands. Even sleeping in the dark was something that frightened me. During my childhood slumber, the night light buzzing on the wall was the beacon of hope.
The problem was that as soon as all light disappeared, my thoughts would take over and improvise the scariest of dreams. I had plenty of good dreams, but tell me if you ever had a fear of having a nightmare. No one wants to wake up in the middle of their bed to be felt by a ghost or something. We wake up, but our bodies are still adjusting to the return of the real world. How can something so phony become so real in a matter of seconds? The fear of darkness and our connected dreams to the afterlife are brought back in Insidious: Chapter 2.
This movie is a direct sequel, starting off where the previous Insidious left off. Josh (played by Patrick Wilson) has brought his youngest son Dalton out of the place between dreams and the afterlife called the further. But has Josh gotten out himself? As John’s family settles into his mothers place while the police clean up the house from the first movie, his wife Renai (played by Rose Byrne) has gotten an eerie feeling that her husband may not be her husband at all. She starts seeing supernatural ghouls again.
She starts seeing a woman in a white dress that seems to disappear at random. While checking on the baby, Renai is knock out by the ghost. Meanwhile, Josh’s mother Lorraine visits fellow paranormal investigators from the first movie, Specks and Tucker to find out why they are still being haunted. They find Carl, another specialist who can communicate with the dead through dice. They are lead to an abandoned hospital where they find the identify of the spirit of the first movie and see that not the same thing; it’s the mother of the spirit. Together, they have to try and stop things once more and bring back Josh from the further.
I will say now that if you haven’t seen the first Insidious, then you are going to find the experience completely confusing. Watching it is a must before you proceed. So coming in, I wanted to see a lot of the same that I liked from the first movie; a creepy atmosphere rather then relying on jump scares. The good news is that the film feels even eerier then the first. Much of the scenes in the further are absolutely terrifying, with each of my back hairs standing up as I hope that these people get out of there.
Now here’s the problem. It’s a lot of the same. Seems weird that I would complain about something that I wanted, but the story of getting rid of the haunted is mostly an extension of the first. It’s not a complete copy; it’s just not that original. Why couldn’t they have been taken over by the next level of terror…a demon? For now, we see them scared, they go to the investigators, they go into the further, and so on and so forth. If they make an Insidious: Chapter 3 (It wouldn’t surprise me), they really need to do something different.
I’ll give this three rooms of dead girls with sheets out of five. Insidious Chapter 2 might please fans of the original (and really only might), but mainstream moviegoers will either be confused or underwhelmed. Stick with the first and decide later.