Insidious: Chapter II
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Film: Insidious: Chapter II
Director: James Wan
Writer: James Wan and Leigh Whannell
Starring: Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne and Barbara Hershey
This film begins where the last one left off. Rose Byrne is speaking with a detective, who is played by Michael Beach. He is trying to figure out who killed Lin Shaye and he thinks it was done by Byrne’s husband Patrick Wilson.
We then jump to 1986 when Wilson was a child, the child is played by Garrett Ryan. His mother, who is played by Jocelin Donahue, is concerned about him, because he is troubled and the doctors do not know why. She decides to go a different route and seek other help. A man shows up played by Hank Harris. He has a camera and he calls in the younger version of Shaye, played by Lindsay Seim. She is a clairvoyant and he is there to film what is happening. They know there is a presence there, but they can’t stop it. It is decided to make him forget about it. Before he does, there is a weird instance while the boy is hypnotized and speaks with someone, points and a door opens.
We shift back to the present. Wilson wants to just forget about everything that happened and move on. Byrne is still noticing that they are being haunted. There are pianos playing, a toy turning on by itself and seeing a woman in a white dress, with a pale face. The woman isn’t very happy either. Barbara Hershey is Wilson’s mother in the present and she begins to notice as well.
Byrne and Wilson’s eldest son is played by Ty Simpkins and he is awake in this one. He has noticed there is something wrong with his dad as well. He has heard him talking to someone who isn’t there during the night. The family is finished off by another son, played by Andrew Astor and a sister played by Brynn and Madison Bowie.
The two guys who helped out Shaye in the first film are back in this one. There is one with glasses played by Leigh Whannell and a bigger one played by Angus Sampson. They are told that the troubles are still happening. They enlist the help of the older Harris, who is played by Steve Coutler. Together they learn the history of what has happened to this family and sees what Shaye had in her records about it. They also decide to talk to her spirit for help using Coutler’s blocks, which are rolled like dice but spirits use them to answer questions.
This film ends up becoming Byrne trying to protect her children from her husband while Hershey, Whannell, Sampson and Coutler learn about the entity that has been after Wilson since he was a boy. We learn the history of spirit and try to get Wilson back to normal.
They will go to an abandoned hospital, learn the horrible history of the woman and her child that is haunting the family, but despite all this, will they be able to get the old Wilson back? Will they be able to do it before the spirits plaguing this family finally kill them?
I have to start off saying that I loved the first one. I didn’t know much about it and had low expectations, but it blew me away. This one had some big shoes to fill and I think it did well enough. This one wasn’t as good, but this one took what the original did and expanded on it. It ties in things that happened in the first and shows you what really happened, which I thought was good. This one gives us more information what happened to Wilson as a boy and it explains what is happening to him now. There were some scary parts, but I think this is much more story than the original. There is a good story in the first one, but the second does more to expand upon it.
The only thing I didn’t like about this one was that it wasn’t as scary as the original. The original did a lot more things happening where people can’t see or things moving by themselves. As they were trying to save the son in the first, it was scarier. This one did have its creepy parts though. This one was also a little bit more boring compared to the first, but that comes with being more about the story.
I would recommend giving this one a viewing if you liked the first Insidious. It is a solid ghost horror movie that deals with possession. The acting is good, the story is great and there are some scares. Definitely not the best one out there, but it does expand on what the first one does. If you want to see a solid horror or a solid ghost film, this one is worth a viewing.
My Rating: 7 out of 10