Reviews: Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013)

insidious_chapter_2Reviews for this film from our members:

  • Mario Alegre @ Primera Hora [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: La película deja la puerta abierta para futuras secuelas pero resulta difícil ver hacia dónde irían sin acabar de dañar la serie.
  • Edwin Arnaudin @ Ashvegas
    • Excerpt: Again and again, Wan shows a ghoul off to the side, unbeknownst to the human about to walk into that room, leaving breaths held until an old school jump cued perfectly to a sharp sound brings the scare to fruition.
  • Steve Biodrowski @ Cinefantastique Online
  • Luke Bonanno @
    • Excerpt: Wan is a master at unsettling, whether with old-fashioned jump scares or in thrills less instinctual. With the right set-up, something as benign as a knock on the wall can put you on edge.
  • Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy
    • Excerpt: The most slapped-together, pointless, allover terrible horror film of 2013; and I will remind you that 2013 bore witness to Texas Chainsaw 3D.
  • Joshua Brunsting @ The CriterionCast
  • Billy Donnelly @ This Is Infamous
    • Excerpt: INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2 reads very similarly to its opener: some good, some not so good, okay results.
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: Like its predecessor, Insidious: Chapter 2 has one clever concept to toss into the mix of its otherwise all-too-familiar proceedings of a haunted house…
  • Sam Fragoso @ SF Bay
    • Excerpt: Carelessly oscillating from past to present and consistently blurring the line between reality and fiction, Wan effectively established Insidious: Chapter 2 as not merely an incomprehensible piece of work, but a nearly unwatchable one. More at SFBay:
  • Susan Granger @
    • Excerpt: Tedious and repetitive, it concludes with yet another creepy cliffhanger.
  • [New – 5/8/14] | A.J. Hakari @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
  • Mark Harris @
  • Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: From a narrative standpoint, Insidious Chapter 2 makes the mistake of thinking we required additional explication to the first film.
  • Blake Howard @ Graffiti With Punctuation
    • Excerpt: INSIDIOUS: Chapter Two has a good cache of scares; a necessary injection of mystery and despite small doses of clunky performances and scripting it’s a rare, high quality horror sequel.
  • MaryAnn Johanson @
    • Excerpt: The simple elegance of the first film has been lost in a jumbled mess that sometimes hits on fresh angles on ghost stories but most often is shoddy, sloppy, and lazy.
  • Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: Isn’t a total loss if all you want is a jolting, increasingly hokey cinematic funhouse that meets its goal to complete the full story.
  • Benjamin Kramer @ The Voracious Filmgoer
  • Brent McKnight @ Beyond Hollywood
    • Excerpt: Insidious 2 is too jumbled to fully deliver on its spooky promise.
  • Ross Miller @ Thoughts On Film
    • Excerpt: This isn’t going to convince anyone who wasn’t a fan of the first film as it carries that same distinct flavour and perhaps only fans will be willing to let its flaws slide in favour of being able to revel once again in the creepy world Wan and Whannell so successfully created.
  • Frank Ochieng @ SFcrowsnest
    • Excerpt: Routinely, ‘Insidious: Chapter 2′ tap dances to the tepid trappings of its conventional creepiness while never challenging the audience beyond the opportunistic reboot that lazily rehashes clichéd fodder such as haunted houses and jeopardized children.
  • Jason Pirodsky @
    • Excerpt: That investigation is where the film starts to go wrong, as the trail leads to a serial killer and his demented mother and the film explains, explains, and explains: the ghosts stop being scary when we’re given a step-by-step guide on how to get rid of them.
  • Amir Siregar @ Amir at the Movies [Indonesian]
  • Andrew Wyatt @ Gateway Cinephile
    • Excerpt: The strange trajectories of its story notwithstanding, Insidious: Chapter 2 ultimately sinks or swims on its merits as a device for delivering scares, and in this respect it’s arguably superior to its predecessor.

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