Insidious: 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?
All 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.