Dead Air Episode 38 – INSIDIOUS:CHAPTER 2 – Too Insidious 2 Quit

insidious 2 posterInsidious: Chapter 2 managed to do a number at the box office. That’s good for good horror no matter what your thoughts are about the sequel to one of the scariest supernatural flicks in recent memory. It shows that a genre dominated by budgets that win limbo contests, can make money…. lots of money. This has proven time and time again, but every once in a while Hollywood needs to remember what the little guy can do (John Carpenter… George Romero…) That means that original horror concepts might just stand a chance in the theater, and, though I do not agree with the mindless trouncing of remakes, we might have a new cycle on our hands that at least temporarily stalls the regurgitation of fan favorites of yesteryear: the non-found footage house haunting genre. We haven’t seen activity in this subgenre like this since the late 90’s when the remake cycle took a hold of 1960’s classic ghosties and made them into modern day effects driven music videos. Before that it was Amityville Horror,Poltergeist and the Enity some twenty years earlier that scared the shit out of audiences. 20 years earlier than that… The Haunting, House on Haunted Hill, 13 Ghosts and The Innocents to name a few.  We’re nearly due for the next cycle. Let’s hope James Wan and Leigh Whannell have made waves for change with Insidious, its sequel and The Conjuring.

How many extra pairs of pants should you bring to the theater? What the hell is up with James Wan and creepy old ladies and kids’ toys? Why is Shawn terrified of walkers? How does the movie compare to to its predecessor? More importantly, is it worth your time and money?

insidious 2 2All of these burning questions will be answered… Oh, and don’t worry if you haven’t watched it yet… The first part of the show is spoiler-free, and all of the revealing stuff is left for the very last section, so you can listen without fear.

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About Jimmy Terror

Dr. Jimmy Terror, more commonly known as James P. Harris, has been “writing your eyes” shut since 2010 with his horror themed blog, Dr. Terror’s Blog of Horrors (whose name is a play on words derived from the Amicus film, Dr. Terror’s House of Horrors). In the early 2000’s he fronted the band The Vaudeville Vampires, a short-lived "Horrorabilly" band which saw the creation of a catalog of horror related songs before disbanding (with only one, six song demo ever being produced and distributed). He has had only one on screen appearance to date in the horror short, Ocean Parkway, as maniacal, gloved killer with a hair fetish. Having done some un-credited, behind the scenes work in some low budget genre pictures, he is currently working on his first foray into screenwriting with a demonic, retro gore entry that pays homage to Lucio Fulci, Dario Argento as well as other Italian masters of the genre.
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  • Sean Kelly

    I guess I will start this comment by saying I quite liked the original Insidious (including the “weaker” second half). I saw that film nearly entirely blind when I saw it as part of the Midnight Madness programme at TIFF 2010 (I didn’t see it at midnight, though I now wish I did). TIFF always picks 1 image to sell their films and Insidious’ was the image of the old woman, which was more than enough to sell me on the film.

    Now Insidious Chapter 2….I didn’t NOT like it, but I also left the theatre not really crazy about it either. I thought some of the scares early on were well done, I liked Patrick Wilson’s performance, and I kind of liked the overall continuity, however there were many aspects of the film that just bugged me.

    I have always hated it when horror sequels explain too much and I liked the “Old Woman Ghost” when she was just a scary ghost holding a candle. Not only did the explanation lessen the impact of the ghost from the first film, but I was left thinking “what the hell?”

    The film also came off a lot more stylized for me, especially when it came to the ghost make-up. It just came off as a bit garish to me and a lot of people in the theatre were actually laughing at the ghosts (especially the mother).

    I also really missed the red-faced demon. I think they were hinting its return in the third film, so that would at least be something to look forward to.

    I wouldn’t rule out re-watching Insidious Chapter 2, I just really didn’t like it as much as the first one.