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[BD Review] ‘Insidious: Chapter 2’ Is So Bonkers It Could Become A Cult Classic!

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.

Insidious Chapter 2



  • Slasher_Lover23

    I personally hated it. I thought it was too boring, and the backstory given to the ghost was laughable, and all of the “explained” events from the first was just stupid, I hate it when that “twist” is pulled. The only thing good about it were Patrick Wilson and Lin Shaye. Otherwise it’s a totally unneeded sequel.

  • divisionbell

    I can’t say I was impressed with the first film once the second half started rolling. The initial set up was tense and very well done, but once the ghost hunters showed up, and we were introduced to the gloom, it just fell apart for me. Ill catch the sequel on DVD at some point.

    • WolfQueen

      I found myself thinking the same thing. I only just watched the first one for the first time the other night and felt that it started really strong and then went to hell in a hand basket once the mask from “My Bloody Valentine” made an appearance on the “medium”.

  • EvilHead1981

    It just wasn’t as good as the first one. I think what pissed me off the most was the logic behind the Further. Don’t wanna spoil it, but those who’ve seen it know what I’m talking about.

  • Nervous about this. Haven’t seen it, but I don’t like the overwhelming negative feedback I’m seeing for 2. Keeping my fingers crossed, but yeah, everything I’m reading so far leads me to believe 2 is going to be a giant piece of shit.

  • anthonyd1

    I just saw it and I absolutely loved it!! It was just as good as the first one and expanded the mythology. Exactly what a sequel should do. The Insidious franchise beats Paranormal Activity by a long shot and I cannot wait for the 3rd one. Insidious definitely deserves atleast a trilogy

    • djblack1313

      anthonyd1, to be fair, it doesn’t take much to beat the PARANORMAL ACTIVITY movies. just sayin’.

      but i DO like the first half of INSIDIOUS but once they go to the further(?) and we see the IMO very lame, goofy ghosts with I LOVE LUCY pancake batter make up, the movie crashes. i haven’t seen part 2 though. i’ll wait for DVD.

  • Canucklehead

    Saw this today. Scary? Not so much. Batshit crazy? Absolutely. Definite cult classic potential.

  • WalkingDeadGuy

    I loved it! It’s definitely not your average sequel, but I loved the off-the-wall story. People looking for a more grounded sequel will definitely not like where this story goes, but I applaud Wan and Whannell for just going for it. Extremely entertaining!

    Oh, and the ‘Psycho’ and ‘The Shining’ homages were fantastic 🙂

  • Josh

    Why is there another page linking to this one as “Review One” when it is nothing but quotes from “Review 2”? Some serious hit whoring going on around here.

  • FormerHuman

    I think this sums up the problem with the film and the films of James Wan and others:

  • Just saw it yesterday, and I thought Chapter 2 was average at best. Sorry, but The Further had one too many unintentionally funny moments for me (and the pasty faced lady). A lot I liked, and a lot I didn’t like in Chapter 2, but I didn’t hate it. Oh, and nice cliffhanger at the end.

    Also, after watching the movie, I honestly can’t understand the “cult classic” praises. Maybe that’s just me, though. lol.

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