Excerpt: Again and again, Wan shows a ghoul off to the side, unbeknownst to the human about to walk into that room, leaving breaths held until an old school jump cued perfectly to a sharp sound brings the scare to fruition.
Excerpt: Carelessly oscillating from past to present and consistently blurring the line between reality and fiction, Wan effectively established Insidious: Chapter 2 as not merely an incomprehensible piece of work, but a nearly unwatchable one. More at SFBay: http://sfbay.ca/2013/09/13/chronic-stupidity-haunts-insidious-chapter-2/#ixzz2el8Lvlht
Excerpt: This isn’t going to convince anyone who wasn’t a fan of the first film as it carries that same distinct flavour and perhaps only fans will be willing to let its flaws slide in favour of being able to revel once again in the creepy world Wan and Whannell so successfully created.
Excerpt: Routinely, ‘Insidious: Chapter 2′ tap dances to the tepid trappings of its conventional creepiness while never challenging the audience beyond the opportunistic reboot that lazily rehashes clichéd fodder such as haunted houses and jeopardized children.
Excerpt: That investigation is where the film starts to go wrong, as the trail leads to a serial killer and his demented mother and the film explains, explains, and explains: the ghosts stop being scary when we’re given a step-by-step guide on how to get rid of them.
Excerpt: The strange trajectories of its story notwithstanding, Insidious: Chapter 2 ultimately sinks or swims on its merits as a device for delivering scares, and in this respect it’s arguably superior to its predecessor.