Although I love horror films, I wasn’t that keen on Insidious so I watched the sequel with some trepidation and low expectations. I was pleasantly surprised, it really wasn’t that bad.
The Lambert family is still being plagued by the same kind of strange, supernatural goings on we saw in Insidious, but this time it’s dad Josh (Patrick Wilson) who’s at the centre of it all. Rose Byrne returns as Josh’s anxious wife and Barbara Hershey reprises her role as Josh’s mum (looking bloody good for her age, as well). The kooky paranormal investigators return too and provide some much-needed light relief.
The timeline of Chapter 2 is more than a little confusing as we jump around between the present day, Josh’s childhood and the events of Insidious, as well as flitting between the real world and The Further. At times it feels a bit messy. Just try to keep up.
I’m not going to outline the plot because the interweb is already full of detailed synopses and spoilers, what I will say that this is a relatively well-crafted possession film. It has good production values, solid acting and builds on the first film to create quite a clever sequel (by horror sequel standards, that is).
But after years as an avid horror fan, I don’t scare easily and there wasn’t really anything here to get my palms sweating. It was quite tense in places though, and in all honesty, it’s just nice to see a horror film that isn’t shot using the cheap and cheerful found footage mechanism.
Chapter 3 is slated for a 2015 release, and I’ll definitely give it a go. Let’s be honest, it’s likely to be the best of a bad lot.