Insidious: Chapter 2 is an upcoming American supernatural horror film directed by James Wan. It is a sequel to 2011’s Insidious. The film stars Patrick Wilson and Rose Byrne reprising their roles as Josh and Renai Lambert, a husband and wife who seek to uncover the secret that has left them dangerously connected to the spirit world.
Did Josh make it out or did something else come back instead?
Insidious: Chapter 2 picks up the story straight away, evaporating hopes of a gradual build-up of chills in this supernatural mystery which delves into the identity of the old woman who insidiously hijacked Josh’s body.
After a flashback to Elise’s first encounter with Josh and a present-day police grilling on the trifling matter of her death, we see the Lambert’s back together and living at grandma Lorraine’s (Barbara Hershey) house. The baby monitor’s barely unpacked for five minutes before Renai’s hearing voices and seeing manifestations which are somehow connected to the spirits plaguing the family.
Director James Wan (Saw, The Conjuring) and screenwriter Leigh Whannell (Saw, Dead Silence); Insidious is not a franchise which relies on gore for cheap thrills but on disturbing and unsettling imagery, sounds and antagonists. The pair has found an interesting if cliché niche, which allows them to pay homage to haunted house movies, the most obvious being Poltergeist, while saying something new.
If you bought into the final act of Insidious then you’ll do well with its sequel. However if you found the idea of The Further, astral projections and Darth Maul demons just a little bit on the silly side you may not enjoy Insidious: Chapter 2 in the way it intends.
Insidious: Chapter 2 will be in theaters Friday.