As Halloween approaches, more and more horror films will be making their way onto the big screen. In fact, some already have.
“Insidious: Chapter 2” premiered just a couple weeks ago on Friday the 13th. How convenient, right? As one of those people who finds herself scrunched up in the corner of a sofa during horror flicks with a blanket over her head, I wouldn’t be caught dead (no pun intended) at the opening of a scary movie on Friday the 13th.
However, my friends managed drag me to the theatre and I was forced to watch two hours of a little boy and his family being torched by evil spirits through what I could see between my fingers.
If I had not seen the first Insidious, I wouldn’t have understood the movie. It goes straight from where the last one left off. I actually wish I had watched the first one more recently because my memory of it was a little hazy, but the screenwriter did an adequate job of reminding the audience of the most critical parts.
The film brought back all of the actors from the previous “chapter”, and the performances were well done, just as expected. However, I was not very pleased with some of the character choices.
The “scary” roles were not as haunting as I had anticipated. Instead, they reminded me of what I would see on my doorstep on Halloween. Don’t get me wrong, they were still frightening enough to make me jump, but I felt as though the director could have done a better job of making them more realistic rather than looking as though they had just walked out of a costume shop.
Even so, my friends and I did spend half of the movie on each others’ laps. If you are a thrill seeker, this is a movie for you. It keeps you on the edge of your seat. I am embarrassed to admit that I nonchalantly checked behind me a few times to make sure no one was standing over me.
“Insidious: Chapter 2” is the kind of movie that makes the audience jump in the theaters and check their closets and underneath their beds when they get home.
A couple days after seeing the film, a friend confessed to me that she slept with her light on the first night after seeing it. I wasn’t ashamed to admit that I also slept with the glow of my TV on as a slight comfort to ward off any evil spirits.
All in all, I was thoroughly pleased with my viewing of “Insidious: Chapter 2.” Other than a few sore muscles the next day from tensing up so much, the only downside to the trip was the last two minutes.
I thought that maybe, just maybe, the family and the rest of the characters were going to have a happy ending, and everything would be put to rest. But, as it turns out, I was wrong. It seems as though there will be an “Insidious: Chapter 3.”
I just hope it doesn’t wear out its welcome like “Paranormal Activity.”