This sequel does what a good sequel does by giving those who enjoyed the original film more of what they liked, tying up plot threads left dangling at the end of the first film and giving more background on the characters and events. All of the original cast reprise their roles and the film has been created by the same writers and director. This means this really feels like a continuation of the same story. The only downside is that those who come into this film fresh without seeing the first film may feel they are missing part of the story and the events of this film are major spoilers of what happens in the first film.
The film opens with a scene from the past with a younger Elise Rainer (Lindsay Seim) who was the psychic medium who helped Lorraine Lambert (Jocelin Donahue) to rid her son Josh (Garrett Ryan) of an evil spirit possessing his body. This was mentioned in the first film but they didn’t mention that Elise was brought in by another psychic called Carl (Hank Harris) who is friend of Lorraine’s. Elise discovers that Josh’s problem is that he can send his consciousness out of his body when he’s sleeping and his empty body is vulnerable to possession. To remove this ability Elise hypnotises Josh and makes him forget how to leave his body and forget even being hypnotised. This explains Josh not remembering Elise in the first film. The actors playing the younger versions in the flashbacks are really good and the voice of younger Elise is exactly like Lyn Shaye’s which means either they did a very good job of dubbing or the actress is an amazing impersonator.
Back in the present the police interview Renai Lambert (Rose Byrne) about the events of the first film. Josh (Patrick Wilson) and Renai have moved into Lorraine’s house temporarily with their kids Foster (Andrew Astor), Dalton (Ty Simpkins) and their baby daughter. They are all a bit shaken from their experiences but Josh seems to have been affected much more than he lets on to his wife or mother. When creepy things start happen again he resists admitting that they are having trouble with spirits again.
Lorraine (Barbara Hershey) is much less resistant to idea that the old trouble has started again since she’s been through this twice before and she enlists the help of Specs (Leigh Whannell) and Tucker (Angus Sampson), Elise’s assistants (and comic relief) to investigate the spirit that has mainly been responsible for all their troubles. They bring in Carl (Steve Coulter) to help them and this Scooby Gang go off exploring creepy old hospitals and abandoned houses to find out the spirit’s story.
Anyone who has seen these modern ghost stories knows all the tricks that are going to be used in this film and they are done pretty effectively which is only to be expected since it the same creative team who have made a number of these stories. The first film was a pretty good remake of Poltergeist while this film takes influence from films like the Amityville Horror. It isn’t as creepy as the first film and relies a lot on jump scares. It is a okay sequel that manages to continue the story but I wonder how many more of these they can churn out.
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- Insidious Chapter 2 Movie Review (shockya.com)
- Review: Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013) (monsterzeronj.wordpress.com)