Flash Movie Review: Insidious: Chapter 2

The echo of an unfamiliar sound roused me from my deep sleep. As my eyelids slowly parted I tried focusing on the nearly invisible shadows that stood petrified around my bedroom. With no light from the outside, I had to rely on my hearing to make sure the noise was not coming from someone who might be lurking in my room. The sound did not increase in volume; it made a popping noise followed by a short silence. I started panicking, wondering if there was anything in the room that I could use to protect myself. Slowly I rose to a sitting position, waited for several seconds then as quietly as possible stood up, hoping the floor would not groan in the process. The noise did not change as if taunting me to find it. As I slipped quietly out of the bedroom the sound got louder; it was coming from the back of the house. The shadows now more distinct, I was able to make my way to the window where I gently pushed the edge of the curtain aside so I could peer outside. Just as I had my face up to the window another popping noise pierced the quiet. Across the yard I saw one of my neighbor’s casement windows was unhinged, moving in the wind. It was the source of the noise I heard when it would slam into its frame. All the sinister culprits I had imagined quickly dispersed from my mind. Left to my own imagination I can really scare myself sometimes. That is the reason I enjoyed this thrilling horror movie from director James Wan (The Conjuring, Saw). Without blood and gore; James created scenes that did not reveal too much, building a steady tension throughout the film. Having not seen the first movie, I did not feel lost by the story line in this sequel. Josh and Renai Lambert, played by Patrick Wilson (The Conjuring, Watchmen) and Rose Byrne (28 Weeks Later, X-Men: First Class) would need outside help to combat the evil spirits that were terrorizing their son Dalton, played by Ty Simpkins (Little Children, The Next Three Days), when he slept. Even though some of their lines were a bit hokey; I thought Patrick, Rose and Barbara Hershey (Black Swan, Falling Down) as Lorraine Lambert were especially good in the acting department. Some of the scenes relied too much on the music to create impending doom; luckily, I did not find it too annoying. Now that I have seen this movie, I want to see the first one to see if it will stir up my imagination as well as this one did. A couple of brief scenes with blood in it.


2 2/3 stars


About moviejoltz

From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on September 16, 2013, in Thriller and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 44 Comments.

  1. ah! me and scary movies have never gotten along. ha

  2. i loved the first one and really looking forward to seeing this one thanks for sharing x

    • My pleasure and I would like to hear what you thought of this movie after you see it. Thanks for coming by.

      • hiya, just a quick note but i am sorry to say after having now seen chapter 2 i am completely unimpressed, 😦 for me the first one was brilliant and i was hoping something of the same quality but the second was awful and it seemed to obviously leave the way open for a third but i doubt i shall bother watching, A shame really they could have made a really super movie with such an idea. Oh well hope you’re having a lovely day take care x

      • I am putting the 1st one in my queue based on what you said. Thank you for your comments.

  3. I just saw the first Insidious. Don’t worry, I won’t give away anything. For me, that movie worked off of playing on your fears and creepiness rather than blood and guts. Also, very stylistic, as it was directed by the talented James Wan. Good review here. I look forward to seeing this chapter.

    • Thank you for your comments. I would like to hear what you think of this movie after you see it.

      • Will do. I do not go to theaters–I rent from iTunes or from Redbox, but I will do my best to let you know.

      • I am curious what your reasons are for not going to a movie theater, if you do not mind sharing with me.

      • Of course I do not mind. As of about 5 years ago, you could not keep me out of them. I used to see 1-2 movies a week in theaters. But then, the trailers and movies themselves got too loud. I also have accoustic trauma in my ears, which basically means my ears are very sensitive to certain loud noises. So after getting burned by these loud trailers and movies over and over again, I gave up.

        This was sad, as it really changed my life. Movies are a passion for me. However, I have to say that I get a very good experience on my huge HD monitor. No, nothing compares to the big screen, but at least I am seeing them the way they are meant to be seen.

        Thanks for your interest here. Feel free to give feedback.

      • Thank you for sharing your reason for not going to the movie theaters. If I may suggest, when I used to shoot photos at rock concerts I bought this ear wax sold at the drug stores that molds to the outer ear canal. This helped a great deal for me. On the other hand having a huge HD monitor is a big plus in watching movies minus the rude movie goers these days.

      • Great points. For several reasons, earplugs and that wax bother me. The sad thing is that right after I deceided not to go to theaters anymore, they were coming out with these huge multiplexes with large screens and stadium seating. So I do miss that….

  4. The Dancing Rider

    Will definitely rent this one eventually. We’ll be watching WWZ tonight. I did see Insidious, and enjoyed in more in an old-fashioned horror movie way. Have not seen The Conjuring yet, but I want to. I enjoy supernatural horror movies in the style of The Exorcist much more than shocking gore fests!

  5. Great review. I can’t wait to see this movie.

    • Thank you. After you see the movie I would enjoy hearing what you thought of it.

      • You’re welcome. I’ll try to do that it’s still showing in the cinema here in London but I’m planning to watch it as soon as it’s on dvd. I’m unable to sit properly for the time being because of a back injury. Once I see it I’ll let you know. I really enjoy your reviews. Thank you.

      • Thank you for your kind words and sorry to hear about your back injury. I hope the issue clears up for you soon. At a couple of the theaters I use, if it is not too crowded I lift up the armrests and stretch out across three seats as if they were a sofa.

      • Thank you so much. I need about 6 more weeks before I’m fully recovered. The cinema I go to don’t have the armrests that move 😦 I’ll let you know once I watch the film. Thanks again.

  6. I’ve seen Insidious 1. If you like Part 2, I’m sure you will like the first one too.

  7. WordsFallFromMyEyes

    OMG, that trailer was CHILLING.

    I didn’t know they’d made a no. 2 – so thank you for that.

  8. I enjoyed the imagery you created at the beginning of this entry. Unfortunately, I don’t believe this to be a movie that I would want to watch because it sounds like it plays more with the unknown than what is actually on screen.

    I watched the original movie but I don’t remember it. I know that I watched it only because I rated it with 2 stars on Netflix. The trailer for the sequel does look exciting but I’m afraid it would be more of the same tactics used in the original and ultimately forgettable.

  9. I love horror movies and I saw the first insidious movie! Can’t wait to see this one especially with your good review!

  10. This is actually a response to a question asked or another user about not going to the movie theater.

    I also tend to wait on the Blu-Ray to be released instead of going to the theater.

    Part of it is the expense of going to the theater these days. I spent $30.00 to see a matinee of The Incredible Hulk, a large popcorn and large Sprite. I think the last movie I actually watched in a theater was The Avengers.

    Another reason I prefer to view movies at home is because I have a 58″ HDTV with a custom installed 5.1 surround sound and 12″ Subwoofer. It gives me better picture and sound than the theater. I also don’t have to deal with impolite, unruly and noisy moviegoers that insist on talking throughout or bringing a screaming child to an adult oriented film. On top of that, I have cold beverages, hot popcorn, a comfortable couch and a pause button for those needed breaks. πŸ˜‰

    I’m currently waiting on World War Z to arrive from Amazon. I paid $20 for it. Less than the cost of a matinee and I own the movie.

    • I agree with you; the movie viewing crowd has no manners anymore. I try to go at off hours to avoid the crowds. Your movie viewing room sounds amazing. Do you sell tickets? lol Please let me know what you thought of World War Z; I am curious to hear your views. Thank you for your comments, I appreciate it.

      • Have you ever posted a reply and almost immediately afterward, wanted to hit the edit or delete button? After hastily writing my previous response, that’s the reaction I felt. It’s also the first time I realized that there is no edit or delete button when you reply to another person’s blog. Oops!

        The point I was trying to make but missed completely is that with today’s technology, it’s becoming easier, and arguably less expensive, to get the movie going experience at home.

        Instead my response read like, “Hey, look what I’ve got!” and I’ve never really been a fan of people like that. I will definitely have to choose my words more carefully in the future. πŸ˜‰

        And I will be sure to let you know what I think of World War Z. I haven’t seen it yet and I think my wife is even more excited about it than I am. She read the book and has been talking about seeing the movie ever since it was first announced. The previews look really exciting and it did well at the box office. Hope it doesn’t disappoint.

      • Yes, I have done the same thing when posting. If it means anything I did take take your original comments for bragging. I am really excited about your wife having read the book for World War Z. I have been looking for someone to tell me how the movie compared to the book; so please, include her in with your comments after seeing the film.

      • I just finished watching World War Z on Blu-Ray. I watched the Unrated Extended Cut and thoroughly enjoyed the film. It moved at a frantic pace with a number of quick cuts and snappy scares but was also able to create some very tense and suspenseful moments.

        From what I have been told, there were some differences from the page to screen. The book was a collection of interviews that took place before, during and after the Zombie apocalypse. The Zombies were also slow moving in the book but in the film, they were rabid and part of the intensity from the film came from the sheer speed they possessed and watching them scurry over each other in waves trying to reach the next victim like ants crawling over a corpse. The ending was also changed. In the book, something very bad occurrence in Russia at the end but the ending of the movie seemed more hopeful. I felt that final words in the film made for an easy opening to a sequel however so we may get to see Russia yet.

        Overall, I give World War Z an enthusiastic 3.5 chomps out of 5. Or 7 head shots out of 10.

      • Thanks for your take on the movie and the insight into the book. I did not know it was made up with a collection of interviews. I can see why the ending was changed–possible sequel.

  11. Sorry I haven’t been around lately; got way into doing research and had trouble digging myself out!

  12. Just saw it and for the first time ever I have to say a sequel was better than the first one. And I loved the first movie. This director knows how to push all my fright buttons. I loved Dead Silence as well. Great flicks.

    • Thank you so much for coming by to leave your comments. It seems as if there is a split down the center; 1/2 like the sequel more while 1/2 like the 1st one better. I put it in my queue so I could watch it.

      • I love your blog. I have been a movie fanatic since childhood, my Mom and Dad both instilling their own appreciation of Saturday matinee days as youngsters. I had “date nights” with all my sons from the time they were young and my youngest became inspired to go into film. We still see movies together and it was him I saw this flick with. He just gets annoyed when I watch the scary parts through my fingers. Lol

  13. PS thanks for visiting my blog!

  14. I just watched Chapter 2 on Netflix last night. I love horror/thriller movies but they scare me! I watched the first part of this movie from behind my hands that partially covered my eyes. πŸ™‚ I thought it lost some steam as the movie went on but still liked it. Based on the comments here I will definitely rent the first one.

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