Insidious: Chapter 2 continues the story we came to be familiar with from the first movie; Josh and Renai Lambert (Patrick Wilson & Rose Byrne) have three kids. Dalton (Ty Simpkins), Foster (Andrew Astor) and a daughter named Cali. If you recall, at the end of Insidious, Josh has just killed Elise Ranier (Lin Shaye) but no one but the audience knows that.
Chapter 2 primarily focuses on the possession of Josh Lambert, who we come to find out is possessed by the woman in black, who turns out to be a man by the name of Parker Crane (Tom Fitzpatrick), who in life, was known as the “The Bride in Black” because he would dress in black and kill young women. Elise’s coworkers Tucker and Specs (Leigh Whannell & Angus Sampson) meet Carl (Steve Coulter) who used to work Elise. Together they uncover the truth about Parker Crane and show up at the Lambert’s house to help Josh and his family.
In ‘The Further’, Josh, Carl and Elise are trying to find Parker so that they can get rid of him for the sake of those in the real world. They find out that when he was younger, Parker was forced to wear dresses and his mother called him ‘Marilyn’ and when he got older, he was killing young women at the behest of his mother’s spirit. (Very Friday the 13th) In the end though, the Lamberts are able to reunite and all seems well.
From this point on, the Insidious franchise does not look back at the Lamberts. Their part is over.
Not as good as its predecessor but still a scary movie, I like that Elise still had a role to play despite being dead. The scares in the first film had a lot more to do with tension and creep-factor whereas this one was a lot more in your face scary. I think Patrick Wilson’s acting in this was really good considering how we got to watch the descent into madness as he was being told to kill his family. Overall, an okay sequel that is followed by two more movies. Parker being told what to do by his mother reminded me a lot of Jason Voorhees from Friday the 13th (1980) and his own mother. That being said, the similarity didn’t take away from the fear factor of the scenario. I definitely preferred the first movie though.