Blumhouse Productions are fast becoming the go to place for 21st century horror with the dizzying rate at which they churn out films. Insidious: Chapter 2 is no exception. Taking place seemingly days or weeks after the original it depicts the aftermath Dalton’s exorcism.
The story once again sees the Lambert family undergoing what appears to be another haunting within the house. Pianos play themselves, doors mysteriously open and figures fall in and out of shadows or the corner of the eye. Typical fair for this genre of film but handled to great effect.
Effective camera work with “now you see me now you don’t” elements set the tone for what is a relatively suspenseful outing. There’s also some clever tieing in of scenes from the prequel by showing the same scene but from a different perspective.
Whilst I did spot the twist pretty early on it didn’t spoil anything as the twist made itself known only moments after I’d figured it out, leaving us to enjoy the unfurling of the remainder of the tale. Just like the prequel we’re treated to imagery of what life is like on the other side for those trapped souls trying to cross over to our reality. This is probably the least effective aspect of what is an otherwise enjoyable sequel.
It’ll probably be next October by the time we get round to watching the final chapter in the saga but if it’s as good as the first two then we’ve got something to look forward to.