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Insidious: Chapter 2

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Remember the good-old-days when a movie came out, failed or succeeded, and then gradually drifted off into the studio's archives? Well those days are long gone, as any film with the slightest hint of box office success seem to be immediately reworked into a sequel. INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2 (2013) starring Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, and Barbara Hershey is just another one of those very sequels that was obviously released just to cash in on its predecessor's glory.

Still connected to the spirit world through unexplained forces, Josh and Renai Lambert once again struggle to find out what is pulling their family toward a dark and sinister presence with the help of Josh's mother Lorraine.

Although reuniting the original cast, you unfortunately might have to scribble the number 2 on your bucket of popcorn to help you remember which installment you're presently watching. Not only guilty of reworking the same material as the original, INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2 seems to also borrow heavily from other horrors with the haunted-toy scenarios popping up every couple of minutes.

Unabashedly set up for a third installment, you can almost mark your calendars for the summer of 2015—which wouldn't be bad if INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2 hadn't seen such a disappointment. Directed and written by the successful horror team of James Wan and Leigh Whannell who were obviously basking in the glow from their summer hit THE CONJURING (2013) also starring Patrick Wilson, we now wonder if this sequel had been given their full attention.

Since the definition of insidious means to proceed in a gradual, subtle way, but with harmful effects—Wan and Whannel might be better off allowing this franchise to fade off into the archives before their very reputation is slowly but surely damaged. PG-13, 106 Mins, Horror, Thriller, Sequel. ** 2 stars out of 5.

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Reviewed by Lynne Martin September 23, 2013
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