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Parents' Guide to

Insidious: Chapter 2

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Horror sequel brings more of the same creepy scares.

Movie PG-13 2013 105 minutes
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Community Reviews

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Based on 12 parent reviews

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Amazing Movie!

I love this movie it is awesome! It has an amazing story. There is some cursing but that’s not really a problem. There are some intense scenes. Overall this movie is great for kids 10+ it could be too scary for younger children.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (12 ):
Kids say (65 ):

This movie 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 Insidious: Chapter 2 isn't 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.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: September 13, 2013
  • On DVD or streaming: December 24, 2013
  • Cast: Barbara Hershey , Patrick Wilson , Rose Byrne
  • Director: James Wan
  • Inclusion Information: Asian directors, Female actors
  • Studio: FilmDistrict
  • Genre: Horror
  • Run time: 105 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG-13
  • MPAA explanation: intense sequences of terror and violence, and thematic elements
  • Last updated: January 2, 2023

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