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It is what it is,
This review is from: Insidious 2 [DVD] (DVD)
Having been impressed by Insidious I was intrigued by how Insidious 2 would stand up to the first film, Insidious ending on a shocking cliff-hanger and sequels being the bane of the entire horror genre since God knows when. I was pretty surprised by how good Insidious 2 actually is, indeed Insidious 2 has improved on the original in virtually every way. While Insidious had a fairly slow moving narrative, Insidious 2 has two interconnecting plots, one focusing on Josh, the father who is possessed by a malevolent presence while the other focuses on the a serial killer turned un-dead spirit called 'The Dark Bride'. Both of these plots were fairly engaging and suspenseful. Similarly, there is a larger number of shocks/scares in this film than the previous one (to my recollection) and while a few of them are more likely to make you laugh than scream ("I got your baby...I got your baby" or "DON'T YOU DARE") they're memorable nonetheless, and are hugely entertaining.
Don't get me wrong, this isn't exactly one of the best acted or best written of films. Patrick Wilson's performance as Josh Lambert is at times laughably awful, but that arguably adds to the charm of the film. I honestly found Patrick Wilson's psychotic glances and his rather clunky lines of dialogue absolutely hilarious at times and while I understand that horror films are meant to be scary, let's be honest- how many horror films have you seen and been able to keep a straight face during their entirety? James Wan was clearly trying to give the film a sort of Shining/Jack Torrance theme which (despite this theme not being pulled off fantastically) I was glad about because it meant that Insidious 2 was generally more ambitious and interesting to watch.
I've got to be honest, this is either a film you're going to love or you're going to hate. Overall I loved it, I found it massively enjoyable although whether I enjoyed it how James Wan intended it to be enjoyed is another matter. In short Insidious 2 is the perfect trashy horror film to see with your friends in order to have a laugh. It isn't however the perfect film to see with your friends in order to be scared or disturbed.
If you're looking for a serious horror film that is genuinely frightening then I'd watch another of James Wan's films such as The Conjuring, now that will definitely terrify the hell out of you.