Kernel Rating (out of 5):
MPAA Rating: PG-13 Length: 105 minutes
Age Appropriate For: 13+. All of the classic creepy scary movie clichés are here: a baby’s screams through a baby monitor, pianos and toys playing on their own, messages from the undead, a séance, and so forth. The main villains are old female and male ghosts, who jump out of closets, scare children, and try to enter the world of the living. Lots of creepy imagery and themes, like a serial killer, a room full of corpses, and so forth. But none of it feels original enough to stick with you; all of the bumps in the night disappear when you leave the theater.
‘Insidious: Chapter 2’ lacks most of the first film’s originality, delivering more clichéd, expected scares coupled with a largely nonsensical plot. It’s a disappointment.
By Roxana Hadadi
It’s Friday the 13th, so of course there’s a new scary film in theaters! But “Insidious: Chapter 2” isn’t much to get excited about. Even for this reviewer, who is such a wuss that her own shadow has literally scared her during many a late night reading in her apartment, the movie just isn’t that frightening. It’s too expected, too nonsensical. Director James Wan’s originality seems tapped out.