Insidious: Chapter 2 Monday, 30 March 2020

Insidious: Chapter 2

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    M: Supernatural themes and violence.

  • The pitch:

    A dicey sequel.

  • Starring:

    Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Ty Simpkins, Lin Shaye, Barbara Hershey, Steve Coulter, Leigh Whannell, Angus Sampson, Andrew Astor

  • Directed by:

    James Wan

  • Running time:

    106 minutes

  • Rated:

    M (Australia), 15 (UK), PG-13 (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    Kidnapped baby, abused child. People are stabbed (needle), slapped, grabbed, near-crushed, gagged, attacked by apparitions, attacked with a knife, near-choked, elbowed, tasered, pursued, wrestled, trapped, hit with objects, beaten, tied up, head-slammed, threatened with a hammer, grabbed, near-crushed, thrown through a window, dragged. A baby falls out of a cot (implied). Break-and-enter, smashed window, objects smashed, objects thrown. Suicide (jumping), self-castration, murdering family, killing, missing women mentioned. Tormented childhood discussed. Screaming, yelling, shouting, arguing. Blood/gore: Corpses. Slashed arm, blood-splattered sheets, hands. Bruising, indentations on neck (photo). Extracted teeth, sliced hand, bloody teeth, bloody mouth. Evil spirits with decomposing flesh, skulls.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    Shirtless male.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    A woman takes prescription pills. A man is injected with a tranquiliser.

  • LANGUAGE:

    S-word, b*tch. Name-calling. Religious exclamations. Gender, genre stereotypes. Slang for genitals.

  • THEMES:

    Possession, memory suppression, astral travel, moving house, found footage, family, forensics, clairvoyance, paranoia, suicide, hauntings, time travel, freaky baby toys, paranormal investigation, serial killing, cross-dressing, disguise, horror.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Hospital, abandoned hospital, abandoned house settings. Deceased psychic. Bad dreams mentioned. Tooth removal, vomiting. Mysterious creaking/knocking/scratching, loud noises, hearing voices, mysterious shadows, objects moving by themselves, ghostly apparitions, creepy photographs, door-slamming, séance, haunted buildings. Cobwebs, aquarium fish.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Creepy, tense, non-gory, self-aware, self-referential. Some laughs, some thrills, skillful camerawork.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Repetitive, unimaginative, incoherent, tedious, weak, predictable, clichéd, illogical, clumsy, muddled, sloppy, lazy, shoddy, overwrought. Contrived staging, jumbled script, sloppy narrative, pedestrian scares, hackneyed tropes, lacking tension.

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