Insidious: Chapter 2 ~ A Capsule Movie Review By Allen Kopp
Insidious, released in 2010, is a solid horror film with some genuinely creepy moments (the “woman” at the ironing board, for one). When a small boy named Dalton Lambert goes into an extended coma for which there is no medical reason, his parents, Josh and Renai Lambert (played by Patrick Wilson and Rose Byrne) call in a psychic. The psychic, named Elise, discovers that Dalton is in a place called “the further,” which is a kind of spirit realm. The spirits in the further like nothing better than to latch on to a living person because they want to “possess” that person. Since they are dead and are not in a very nice place, they covet life. Josh’s mother (Barbara Hershey) reveals that the problem really began when Josh (Dalton’s father) was a child, at which time he was targeted by a spirit from the further. Josh and his mother believe, however, that Josh was rid of the problem forever with Elise’s help. Not so. When Josh goes into the further to bring Dalton, his son, back, he brings back more than he bargained for.
Insidious: Chapter 2 picks up the story a short time after the events in Insidious. It has the same director, writers, and cast as Insidious, so it has the same feel and tone. Ordinarily I’m opposed to sequels on principle, but that didn’t keep me from seeing this one.
When Josh goes into the further to bring back his son, the same terribly twisted sprit that had targeted him as a child latches on to him again, a female spirit who wants him to kill his wife and children. In life, she had forced her own son to act and dress like a girl named Marilyn and she bid him to become a serial killer. (“If she knows you’re here, she’ll make me kill you.”) This mother and son make Norman Bates and his mother look like a Sunday school story.
Josh’s wife, Renai, and his mother, Lorraine, know that he is not the same as he was before he went to the further to bring back Dalton. What are they going to do? They can’t get Elise, the psychic, to help them because she was killed in the first movie. (She is in the sprit world, however, and knows what is going on.)
All in all, Insidious: Chapter 2 is a worthy sequel to the original, if you like this sort of thing. It is completely implausible and absolutely far-fetched, so you will have to “suspend disbelief” to enjoy it. The terribly sophisticated and those who are too grounded in reality aren’t going to like it or be taken in by it. They seem to forget what the movies are for. If movies were exactly like real life and the ugly present, they would be so dreary that nobody would ever want to see them.
Copyright © 2013 by Allen Kopp