A sequel to James Wan’s smash-hit, and still poised to make an absolute killing at today’s Friday the 13th box office, Evan Dickson found Wan’s Insidious: Chapter 2 to be both highly ambitious, but also frustrating…
“I can even see myself liking ['Insidious CHapter 2'] more (or less) after repeated viewings but, for right now, it’s a frustrating experience,” Dickson explains in his review before addressing the movie’s ability to scare. “Meanwhile the scare scenes, those slowly building moments of terror where Wan typically towers above his peers, are too prevalent. So many moments in the film are constructed to have this kind of payoff that none of them really resonate.
“I wouldn’t be surprised if its totally bonkers approach made it some sort of instant cult classic,” he also explains, speaking to the spoiler-y new additions to the film.
And even though Dickson wasn’t a huge fan, he does admit that it’s resonating with him: “Still, as much as the film doesn’t work for me, I continue to be fascinated by it.”
Wan has stated that this is his retirement from horror, but after it destroys the box office, it’ll be hard to not see him return at least wearing a producer’s hat.