Review Roundup: Patrick Wilson Stars in INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2
The famed horror team of director James Wan and writer Leigh Whannell reunite with the original cast of Broadway vet Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Lin Shaye,Barbara Hershey 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.
Let's see what the critics had to say:
Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
A mess from start to finish - though, judging by the ending, this story won't be over any time soon - "Insidious: Chapter 2" is the kind of lazy, halfhearted product that gives scary movies a bad name.
Matt Kennedy, Washington Post
Although "Insidious" had built up a nice head of suspense for much of the film, its final act was absurdly out of proportion to the delicious sense of dread that had been created by director James Wan and writer Leigh Whannell.
Claudia Puig, USA Today
Predictability lurks in every dusty nook of this sequel. It incorporates hackneyed tropes -pianos suddenly starting to play, children's toys coming to life, the sound of infant screams emanating from baby monitors and that creaky old staple, terrifying monsters lurking in the closet. Children are the targets, and a malevolent old hag is behind the mayhem. (The killer that does her evil bidding was once a tormented child.)
Sandy Cohen, Associated Press
"Insidious: Chapter 2" deftly juggles various responsibilities: It offers a good dose of non-gory scares, tells a story of supernatural time travel that recalls elements of "Inception," and... look for thematic and visual nods to "Pyscho," ''Poltergeist" and "The Blair Witch Project" in "Insidious: Chapter 2." The film is also self-aware and self-referential, rewarding viewers of the original film with additional explanations in the sequel. And, like its predecessor, "Chapter 2" leaves open the possibility of more to come.
Scott Foundas, Variety
Wan and Whannell once again spin a ripping good ghost story here, populated by lots of restless spirits who ended their time among the living badly, a mother only Norman Bates could love, and a lyrical bit of time travel borrowed from Proust.