Insidious: Chapter 2


Insidious: Chapter 2

Critics Consensus

Insidious: Chapter 2 is decidedly short on the tension and surprises that made its predecessor so chilling.



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The famed horror team of director James Wan and writer Leigh Whannell reunite with the original cast of Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Lin Shaye 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. (c) FilmDistrict


Patrick Wilson
as Josh Lambert
Rose Byrne
as Renai Lambert
Ty Simpkins
as Dalton Lambert
Lin Shaye
as Elise Rainier
Barbara Hershey
as Lorraine Lambert
Jocelin Donahue
as Young Lorraine Lambert
Lindsay Seim
as Young Elise Rainier
Andrew Astor
as Foster Lambert
Steve Coulter
as Carl Stanaway
Tom Fitzpatrick
as Parker Crane
Garrett Ryan
as Young Josh Lambert
Hank Harris
as Young Carl Stanaway
Tyler James Griffin
as Young Parker Crane
J LaRose
as Long Haired Fiend
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Critic Reviews for Insidious: Chapter 2

All Critics (123) | Top Critics (30) | Fresh (48) | Rotten (75)

  • Most of [Wan's] peers shoot a bunch of scenes and let the editor make a smoothie. Wan no longer relies on visual gibberish. He has become a classicist in that sense.

    Oct 4, 2013 | Full Review…
  • Characters in Whannell/Wan screenplays speak with the first-draft expository bluntness of a cheap '50s thriller, letting the characters step on some of the best reveals.

    Sep 17, 2013 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
  • Insidious: Chapter 2 is a puzzle movie with too many unnecessary pieces and not enough essential ones, but it's superior to its predecessor in a few basic ways.

    Sep 13, 2013 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Though there's some admirably clever plotting to interweave the film's second half with events in the original, it's simply not as scary.

    Sep 13, 2013 | Rating: 5/10 | Full Review…
  • Insidious: Chapter 2 is not only unnecessary but it commits the cardinal sin of devaluing its predecessor.

    Sep 13, 2013 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
  • An increasing amount of metaphysical backtracking dilutes the few simple jolts that do work this time around.

    Sep 13, 2013 | Full Review…

    William Goss
    Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Insidious: Chapter 2

  • Feb 05, 2017
    A decent enough movie I suppose, and an interesting sequel, but pales in comparison to the first.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • May 02, 2015
    Not as good as the first one, but still pretty creepy.
    Erin C Super Reviewer
  • Nov 02, 2014
    Insidious Chapter 2 is quite scary, however it is scary in the amount of headache-inducing bangs and popping out faces that the film uses. The actors work fine, but the film almost devalues the scary original with some rather irritating backstory reveals. Still, if simple old-fashioned scares are what you're looking for, there might be something worthwhile here. It isn't 38% bad, that's for sure. Rating: 47
    Bradley J Super Reviewer
  • Sep 01, 2014
    A disappointing sequel. The scares seem more contrived this time and although there are a few jumps it all gets really silly towards the end.
    David S Super Reviewer

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