I’m walking through the hallway of an abandoned hospital. The weatherworn walls covered in stains I’d rather not think about. I pass a threshold and suddenly I’m standing in what could almost pass as a fully functional hospital lobby if it weren’t completely empty. I walk a little further, past the occasional gurney or IV stand, and then I’m standing in a living room with only two walls. I know this room. I watched someone die in this room. It’s March 2013 and I’m at the Linda Vista Hospital visiting the set of Insidious: Chapter 2. I’m standing in a replica of the living room from the Lambert’s second home, the room where the finale of the first film takes place, and as a fan, it’s pretty freaking cool.
Insidious was one of those rare films that took me by surprise. With the first two acts firmly rooted in the classic structure of ghost story narrative, director James Wan and writer Leigh Whannell delivered some of the most finely crafted scares in recent memory. Then the third act delivered a bold and wonderfully weird finale that put an entirely unique spin on the haunted house subgenre. It was a move that divided audiences, and it certainly gave me pause, but it also allowed for the creation of a universe and mythology with plenty of room to explore. So I was totally on board when they announced a sequel and super excited at the opportunity to visit the set and get a glimpse at what’s in store. Insidious: Chapter 2 stars Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Lin Shaye, Barbara Hershey, Jocelin Donahue, and Ty Simpkins. Hit the jump for more on the visit.