Written June 30, 2015
I was lucky enough to see both movies in the same night for the first time through an AMC double header special showing.
The first Insidious was not perfect but offered up plenty of chills. The 2nd Insidious is a very different movie. The scope is much larger with more excursions from the house. It ties in extremely well with the first movie.
Where the original Insidious was focused on chills, Insidious 2 focuses more on suspense and thrills. There's also a little comedy thrown in. While it's more original and story driven than the first movie, it's definitely not as scary.
Though I enjoyed the original the best, the biggest triumph of Insidious 2 is the close tie in to part 1 in a way that feels like they were written as one movie. It's a go, but a notch below part 1 and several rungs below The Conjuring.
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Written July 30, 2015
James Wan takes us further into "the further" to show us how the spirits started to follow the Lambert family. We see that the spirits have not left them, and it is confirmed that they followed Josh Lambert (Patrick Wilson) back to the real world (from the ending of the first film). The use of saturated colors, shadows, smoke, and pure black and pure white make-up create freaky moments. James Wan uses man different forms of scare tactics: slow build-up of music, images that come from nowhere, spirits making contact, spirits from "the further" showing up in the real world, and story development of the villainous characters. The first movie was very well done, and this continuation does not disappoint.
Written May 03, 2015
This was absolutely edge of my seat, heart pounding, best scary movie thriller I have seen in years! Great proceeding following the first, even scarier than the first. I was extremely pleased, way better than The Conjuring in my opinion. I'm a huge horror film buff and I was just ready to stand and applaud! Kudos to the director and screen writer, and the actors played their characters well. Definitely a movie for adults 18 years of age and older. If your thinking about supporting the film, I highly recommend going to see this movie while it's in theaters!
Written May 28, 2016
This is an absolute must! I jumped an incredible amount of times during the movie. The best part is that it wasn't only scary, the story was great, and it definitely was not predictable.
Written February 13, 2016
I seen this on opening weekend with a group of friends and I was expecting this to be as scary as the first. This made me jump 1 time but that was it. Don't go into this film expecting it to be as scary as "The Conjuring". But this film is a rental not a theater going experience!