Insidious: Chapter 2
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The famed horror team of director James Wan and writer Leigh Whannell reunite with the original cast of Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Lin Shaye and Ty Simpkins in INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2, a terrifying sequel to the acclaimed horror film, which follows the haunted Lambert family as they seek to uncover the mysterious childhood secret that has left them dangerously connected to the spirit world. (c) FilmDistrict

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 38%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Most of [Wan's] peers shoot a bunch of scenes and let the editor make a smoothie. Wan no longer relies on visual gibberish. He has become a classicist in that sense."
‑ Wesley Morris, Grantland
"Insidious: Chapter 2 is not only unnecessary but it commits the cardinal sin of devaluing its predecessor."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"It's not gory, but relies on ceaseless weirdness with scores of jump scares and even an odd Back To The Future 2-style subplot that's undeveloped yet still adds to the overall sense of crazy. Love or hate it, this is pretty effective modern scare cinema."
‑ Richard Haridy, Quickflix
"Wan and Whannell have attempted to do something interesting, but Chapter 2 - AKA Back To The Further - is overly complicated as a result. More repetitive than last time and less grounded."
‑ Stephen Carty, Flix Capacitor
"Carrying on where the last one left off, horror maestro du jour James Wan (Saw, Dead Silence, The Conjuring) serves up a juicy, fright-filled spookfest with this follow-up to the 2011 hit."
‑ Jim Schembri, 3AW
"Characters in Whannell/Wan screenplays speak with the first-draft expository bluntness of a cheap '50s thriller, letting the characters step on some of the best reveals."
‑ Jesse Hassenger, AV Club
"An increasing amount of metaphysical backtracking dilutes the few simple jolts that do work this time around."
‑ William Goss,
"The best horror films stay with you, leaving you jumping at the slightest sounds. This is decidedly not that kind of movie."
‑ Bryan Bishop, The Verge
"Insidious: Chapter 2 has a number of issues, chief among them the fact that it recycles far too much of the first film, turning this into a dreadfully dull ghost story with no chills."
‑ Jeff Beck,
"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."
‑ Blake Howard, 2UE That Movie Show
"Though there's some admirably clever plotting to interweave the film's second half with events in the original, it's simply not as scary."
‑ Ian Buckwalter, The Atlantic
"This sequel to the horror hit about a boy lost in the demon-infested netherworld called The Further adds the element of time travel to its paranormal expeditions -- and sinks in its own murk."
‑ Michael Sragow, Orange County Register
"It's a treat to see old-school film technique and makeup design rather than an overabundance of CGI work."
‑ Eric Melin,
"At this film's start, young Elise tells young Josh, "I promise, it won't hurt." You know that she knows this can't be so."
‑ Cynthia Fuchs, PopMatters
"Trashy and silly and occasionally unintentionally funny, it is nonetheless weirdly compelling."
‑ Anthony O'Connor, FILMINK (Australia)
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