Ebiri: Insidious: Chapter 2 Is a Scare Machine in Excellent Working Condition

In case you don’t have the events of the first Insidious seared into your brain like an inescapable childhood trauma, here’s a reminder: The film left off with our heroes Josh (Patrick Wilson) and Renai Lambert (Rose Byrne) having just retrieved their son Dalton (Ty Simpkins) from the Further, a spirit-filled purgatorial dimension into which Dalton and Josh were able to project themselves. Unfortunately, Josh came back possessed by an evil murderous presence, and the film had ended with him killing Elise (Lin Shaye), the old family friend and paranormal investigator who had helped them through the ordeal. Insidious: Chapter 2 basically picks up from that point, and, for a while, it teases that question whose answer had seemed so clear at the end of the original: Is this the real Josh or a demonic interloper?  Read More...



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