The Lamberts believe that they have defeated the spirits that have haunted their family, but they soon discover that evil is not beaten so easily.
For every bit that I enjoyed Insidious, Insidious: Chapter 2 is a complete snoozefest. Harsh, I know, but the sequel takes a path that’s far too common, and does it dreadfully so. It’s redeeming quality comes in the way it weaves into past events, hinting at time running in a completely different way in the Further. It’s an interesting notion, but can it really be called a haunting with what we learn?
Character wise, Wilson does a far better portrayal of Josh/Not Josh and, almost as if my complaints were heard (which I know they weren’t), the kids are actually passed off and their disappearance form the film for many scenes thus explained.
The plot of this second installment deals with saving Josh. At the end of Insidious, we learn that it’s not Josh that came back from the Further in his body. Naturally, given that an entity from beyond has taken up habitation in his meat suit, the ghastly things that terrify his family follow them to their new house (or technically, old house since it’s Josh’s childhood home). Thus the goal of this movie is to save Josh (though this reverse damsel-in-distress is fairly amusing).
In Insidious: Chapter 2 we get to see the fun part of a ghost story – because this one is actually a ghost, rather than a demon. The Bride in Black, y’know the ghostly thing that Josh encounters in the first film, has a pretty interesting story behind her and much of this film is centered around discovering that… at a crawl. Worse, there’s not a whole bunch of originality in her, which is where I’ll leave it in order to avoid spoilers.
Once again, it’s the Further that seems to bother me most. We only get glimpses of it and we know next to nothing of it, aside from the fact that time is not linear. I do have to commend the writers for the whole dead body inside living body means the decaying of the latter, because that’s a neat thing that I expect to see in possessions. There’s just not anything that stands out about this film, though, and for me that’s a disappointment.