Insidious: Chapter 2

  • Review Date: September 11, 2013
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Horror
  • Release Year: 2013

Common Sense Media says

Horror sequel brings more of the same creepy scares.
  • Review Date: September 11, 2013
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Horror
  • Release Year: 2013

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What parents need to know

Positive messages
Characters try to help one another in this movie, even entering into frightening and potentially dangerous situations in order to do so.
Positive role models
The supporting characters -- the paranormal investigators -- are the ones who seem the most heroic and interesting. They're forever forging ahead into frightening and unknown situations in the quest for knowledge and also to help others. They're sympathetic, brave, and supportive.
Violence
The movie is filled with very scary images and sounds. Some of the sudden shocks will send sensitive viewers jumping out of their seats. Some disturbing images come up as well, as when the father is seen attacking his wife and attempting to attack his children. In these scenes, characters hurl household objects at one another and beat each other up. Ghosts attack a young boy. Characters use a Taser gun and a syringe full of sedative. A dead body is shown, and a tiny amount of blood is seen, in a photograph and on a knocked-out tooth.
Sex
A married couple is shown kissing.
 
Language
A few uses of "s--t," plus "hell," "goddamn," "oh my God," etc. A character refers to his "nuts" after falling down in a dark room.
Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Insidious: Chapter 2 is the sequel to 2011's terrifying horror hit Insidious, featuring many of the same characters in similar situations. Like the original, there's little or no gore, sex, or language (a couple of uses of "s--t," plus "goddamn," "hell," etc.), but you can definitely expect a lot of very scary, disturbing, and shocking imagery, as well as some fighting (characters bash each other with household objects). The main young boy isn't separated from his parents in this film, but he is shown to be in danger. Bottom line? If you're not a veteran horror fan, this is the stuff nightmares are made of.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

When Josh Lambert (Patrick Wilson) returned from the Further -- the spooky world of the dead -- with his missing son, Dalton (Ty Simpkins), at the end of Insidious, it seemed like everything was going to be all right. Think again. The medium, Elise (Lin Shaye), is dead, and Josh is a suspect. Josh's wife, Renai (Rose Byrne), starts hearing and seeing scary things again, and even Josh doesn't seem quite right. Meanwhile, Josh's mom, Lorraine (Barbara Hershey), contacts Elise's assistants, Specs (Leigh Whannell) and Tucker (Angus Sampson), for help, which leads to an incident from her past. Will the family survive another trip to the Further?

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 
INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2 simply presents more of the same stuff we saw in Insidious, and it no longer feels quite so fresh. The "Further," a great idea in the previous movie, is no longer an unknown entity, the characters aren't explored any more deeply, and even the ghosts have no new tricks.
 
But just because it's not as good as the original doesn't make this sequel a bad movie. Director James Wan continues to develop his touch for truly scary horror. Unlike many of today's camera-shakers, Wan uses smooth, three-dimensional space and offscreen sound to generate his scares. His camera moves freely through houses and buildings, using natural obstacles like walls and doorways to generate prickly suspense. Like his film The Conjuring, it's also refreshingly free of gore, profanity, and sex. The weird, atonal score by Joseph Bishara adds another nightmarish layer. The bottom line is that it's still quite scary.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about Insidious: Chapter 2's violence. How much blood and gore is shown? Do you need that stuff to make a "horror" movie?
  • Is the movie scary? How does it compare to other scary movies you've seen?
  • What's the general appeal of horror movies? How is this ghost story different from a movie about, say, a serial killer?
  • How does Insidious: Chapter 2 compare to the original Insidious?

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Movie details

Theatrical release date:September 13, 2013
DVD release date:December 24, 2013
Cast:Barbara Hershey, Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne
Director:James Wan
Studio:FilmDistrict
Genre:Horror
Run time:105 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13
MPAA explanation:intense sequences of terror and violence, and thematic elements

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Teen, 17 years old Written bySean Broucek September 13, 2013
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14
QUALITY
 

Better, and still very well-acted and scary

Parents, even though your teen horror fans may be super eager to watch this second chapter to the acclaimed "Insidious", but even though this movie is rated PG-13, it isn't meant for anyone under the age of 14, due to very effective scares and strong thematic elements, not to mention some harsh language. Violence is much higher in this movie then the last one, including a dad beating up his wife and children, a man getting stunned with a taser, a mother abuses her child, and several mutilated and rotting bodies are shown, but it is mostly the shocking scares that pushes the envelope. Sex includes some brief kissing between the married main characters. Language is infrequent, but still has uses of "b-tch", "s--t", and one use of "f--k", though very hard to hear, due to loud noises in the background. In the end, the bottom line to this movie is that it is better than the original, and a very good, well-made, well-acted horror film. SUGGESTED MPAA RATING:
Rated PG-13 For Some Violent Content Including Child Abuse, Intense/Frightening Sequences, And For Some Disturbing Images

Teen, 14 years old Written byI am cookie monster September 15, 2013
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13
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Very fun and interesting movie!

First of all, I just wanna let everyone know that this is coming from someone who doesn't really get scared by movies. Insidious chapter 2 is a very fun and heart pounding movie that I reccommend to anyone 13 and up. I also reccommend that you bring a group of friends with you because, obviously, the more the merrier! It also has a surprisingly good and interesting (and slightly confusing) storyline. And as far as scary goes... I think if you're easily scared you should at least give this movie a try with some friends because it really is a blast.

What other families should know
Too much violence
Kid, 11 years old September 14, 2013
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Insidous Chapter 2

What other families should know
Too much violence

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