Insidious: Chapter 2 FeaturedWritten by Jon Patch
FilmDistrict, Stage 6, Entertainment One and Blumhouse Productions present a PG-13, 105 minute, horror, thriller, directed by James Wan, written by Wan and Leigh Whannell with a theater release date of September 13, 2013.
In 1986 a young Josh Lambert (Garrett Ryan) is being visited by a spirit from beyond. Proof of existence is seen within photographs taken by his mother Lorraine (Jocelin Donahue). Worried Lorraine reaches out to Carl (Hank Harris) and Elise Rainier (Lindsay Seim) to try and help force the evil spirit from their home and away from Josh.
Many years later, Josh (Patrick Wilson) and his wife Renai (Rose Byrne), their two sons Dalton (Ty Simpkins), Foster (Andrew Astor) and their little baby sister are living in the same house with his mother Lorraine (Barbara Hershey). Things are still not normal in this house, the piano continues to play a well-known tune, doors open and a woman is seen walking the halls. When matters become severely worse for the Lambert family, Lorraine seeks the help from Tucker (Angus Sampson) and Specs (Leigh Whannell) to help solve the mystery. Good luck since these two ghost hunters are not a far cast from Scooby Doo and Shaggy.
When the family becomes in deeper danger Tucker and Specs bring back Elise’s (Lin Shaye) old friend, well known for playing with his dice, Carl (Steve Coulter), a ghost communicator. These three along with Lorraine track down the history of the ghost which they soon discover is the mother (Danielle Bisutti) of young Parker (Tyler Griffin) aka Marilyn who happens to have a fondness as the “Bride in Black”. Overall the story really pulls together leaving no real mysteries as the Lambert family all fight for their lives from the known to the unknown. That is until the last very second!
The film is nicely directed although I did notice a few editing errors and some slightly unflattering scenery. As Wan takes us from real life to beyond the use of cliché smoke and mirrors to me was a bit pre-school which of course is the back-drop of this story so to speak but I think it could have just used a bit more special effects. The writing was well done since the story has several twists and turns almost making it confusing but thankfully the pieces all fall into place. Grant it I think it really helps to have seen the first one but not absolutely necessary. The costumes, special effects, makeup and scenery are all mostly basic but it does not take away from the suspense but rather gives it an old appeal to the making of this movie.
Wilson a native to Tampa, where I live, does a very good job as he seems to have found his niche lately in horror films. Byrne was the real winner for me here since she really seemed to pull off the most believable and well-acted character in the entire story. Shaye and her quirky personality seemed to work for her and Coulter brought a sense of strength but it was Whannell and Sampson that added the humor to a sometimes scary moment. Nice to see Hershey again and she really did her role justice as did the kids Simpkins and Astor. Seim was a bit odd and forced but Donahue brings her acting game to the table as does Griffin with Bisutti not far behind. Albeit I was not a huge fan of the first film but must say this one is a step above at least but still not one of my favorite horrors. The Conjuring ironically with Patrick Wilson still falls as number one in my horror book this year yet this one is still worthy of a theater visit on Friday the 13th. Written and enjoyed especially for the attempt at a decent plot twist with two paws out of four by Jon Patch.
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