Released: April 1, 2011
PG13, 1 hr 42 min
Released: September 13, 2013
PG13, 1 hr 45 min
Director for both: James Wan
Cast:Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Lin Shaye, Ty Simpkins, Barbara Hershey
As we wait for the second prequel, Insidious 3, we allow ourselves to review two movies under one heading? Can we? You damn skippy we can! Because these are identical in nature, shameful to call it a sequel by any stretch.
Ruining the original is a sin, but it happens...just ask Jason, Michael Myers, Freddie and so on. Insidious is no different. Two years apart are these two which centers on a family of five who have moved into a sweet looking house..kinda reminds me of the Amityville Horror house.
Director James Wan has a unique way of scaring the bejesus out of ya and the first flick doesn't disappoint! The Lambert family is targeted with supernatural villains, who put the oldest son in a haunted coma! The remaining family members are riddled with assaults and visions of the dead and the hubby is, of course, acting like nothing is wrong. The misses says "Oh Hell No...get up off your ass and save us!"
The hubby breaks down and moves the family to another house, but the ghosts follow along. The wifey calls in the paranormal investigators who are comical to say the least and fit right in this spook fest!Two geeks and an old broad who knows way too much about 'the other side.'
We are left with a happy ending or so it seems...thus Insidious 2 continues with the same story and nothing changes, except less karma, less scaring, less everything! A complete bore which came close of getting the "exit stage right" click on the Netflix remote.
Insidious, the original is worth the rental, but stay away from the sequel unless you get it for free. Insidious 3 pre dates the Lambert family so this could be a redemption...this time without James Wan!