INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2 Blu-ray Review

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Director James Wan and writer Leigh Whannell‘s 2011 creeper Insidious was a box office success, even though the general consensus was that the second half sucked.  But since it made a profit, a sequel was only natural.  The filmmaking duo have fallen into the trappings of sequels before with the Saw franchise that they started, but for Insidious: Chapter 2 they decided to take the reigns themselves.  The result is a mixed bag of cheap jump scares and effective atmosphere that makes you wonder, was this a story that really needed to be told?  Now Insidious: Chapter 2 is available on a solid Sony Blu-ray.  Hit the jump for my review of the package.

Leigh Whannell Talks INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2, What He’s Most Excited for Fans to See, How He Comes up with Scares, and His Upcoming Film, COOTIES

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Opening in theaters this weekend is James Wan’s Insidious: Chapter 2.  The follow-up to the 2011 surprise hit picks up exactly where the first left off.  Josh (Patrick Wilson) has returned from the Further feeling not quite himself, and when Renai (Rose Byrne) begins seeing familiar signs of the paranormal the Lambert family is thrust once more into a world of psychics, demons and ghosts.  Insidious: Chapter 2 also stars Barbara HersheyLin ShayeLeigh WhannellAngus Sampson, and Ty Simpkins.

During a recent New York press day for the film I sat hopped on the phone for an interview with Whannell.  He talked about what he’s most excited for fans to see in the sequel, why he wanted to write it, his method for coming up with new scares, learning from Wan on set, working as writer and actor, and his upcoming film Cooties.  Check out what he had to say after the jump. 

Lin Shaye Talks INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2, Returning for the Sequel, Fan Enthusiasm for Her Character, the Best Acting Advice She Ever Got, and More

by     Posted 1 year, 71 days ago

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Opening in theaters this weekend is James Wan’s Insidious: Chapter 2.  The follow-up to the 2011 surprise hit picks up exactly where the first left off.  Josh (Patrick Wilson) has returned from the Further feeling not quite himself, and when Renai (Rose Byrne) begins seeing familiar signs of the paranormal the Lambert family is thrust once more into a world of psychics, demons and ghosts.  Insidious: Chapter 2 also stars Barbara HersheyLin ShayeLeigh WhannellAngus Sampson, and Ty Simpkins.

During a recent New York press day for the film I hopped on the phone for an interview with Shaye.  She talked about if she was surprised Elise was in the second film, the enthusiastic audience response to her character, building the character of Elise, the best acting advice she ever got, what’s up next and more.  Hit the jump to see what she had to say. 

TOP 5: INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2 Interviews, Oscar Beat, HARRY POTTER Spinoff Film Series in the Works from J.K. Rowling, Cinemath, TIFF 2013 Coverage

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Having played in limited release since August, director James Ponsoldt‘s high school drama The Spectacular Now finally made its way to my Midwestern neck of the woods this weekend and I jumped at the chance to see it last night. Although it elicited fewer laughs than I expected, the film levied an emotional punch that I’m still shaking off today. As has been noted by many before me, Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley‘s performances are fantastic and their chemistry is palpable from beginning to end (one scene in which Woodley’s Aimee describes her dreams of a perfect marriage stands out to me in particular). Moreover, Kyle Chandler‘s turn as Teller’s estranged father is as powerful as it is short-lived. If you have the slightest interest in the coming-of-age genre, and this film is playing nearby, take the time to see it. Few in the genre capture the nuance of high-school love and personal demons as honestly as The Spectacular Now.

With that ringing endorsement behind me, this week’s Top 5 includes a slew of Insidious: Chapter 2 interviews, Adam keeping his finger on the pulse of awards season with his recurring Oscar Beat feature, news that Warner Bros. and J.K. Rowling are teaming up for a new film series inspired by Harry Potter, a new installment of Cinemath that takes a look at the history of movie ticket prices, and a recap of our robust TIFF 2013 coverage. At the risk of sounding like a broken record, a brief recap and link to each of the above can be found after the jump.

Jason Blum talks INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2, Bringing Back the Entire Cast, The Creative Freedom of Low Budget Filmmaking, STRETCH, MOCKINGBIRD & More

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Opening in theaters this weekend is James Wan’s Insidious: Chapter 2.  The follow-up to the 2011 surprise hit picks up exactly where the first left off with the Lambert family thrust into a world of psychics, demons and ghosts.  Insidious put an entirely original spin on the haunted house subgenre with its unique third act, and Chapter 2 digs deeper into that universe traveling further into the, well, Further and answering any last lingering fan questions.  Insidious: Chapter 2 stars Patrick WilsonRose ByrneBarbara HersheyLin ShayeLeigh WhannellAngus Sampson, and Ty Simpkins.

A few weeks ago at a Los Angeles press day I got to sit down with producer Jason Blum for an exclusive interview.  He talked about bringing back the entire cast from the first film, the creative freedom of low-budget films, going where he’s needed as a producer, attracting  name actors to small genre projects, and more.  He also gave updates on Stretch and Mockingbird.  Hit the jump to see what he had to say.

Patrick Wilson Talks INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2, Teaming up with James Wan Again, Playing Multiple Characters, His Desire to Get Back on Stage, STRETCH and More

by     Posted 1 year, 73 days ago

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Opening in theaters this weekend is James Wan’s Insidious: Chapter 2.  The follow-up to the 2011 surprise hit picks up exactly where the first left off. Josh (Patrick Wilson) has returned from the Further feeling not quite himself, and when Renai (Rose Byrne) begins seeing familiar signs of the paranormal the Lambert family is thrust once more into a world of psychics, demons and ghosts. Insidious: Chapter 2 also stars Barbara HersheyLin ShayeLeigh WhannellAngus Sampson, and Ty Simpkins.

During a recent New York press day I hopped on the phone for an interview with Wilson. He talked about working on his first sequel, playing multiple characters, what he’s learned from his collaborations with James Wan, wanting to get back on stage and more. He also gave an update on Joe Carnahan’s Stretch. Check out what he had to say after the jump. 

Rose Byrne Talks INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2, Returning for the Sequel, Working with James Wan and Leigh Whannell, the Diversity of her Career, ANNIE, and More

by     Posted 1 year, 74 days ago

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Opening in theaters this weekend is James Wan’s Insidious: Chapter 2.  The follow-up to the 2011 surprise hit picks up exactly where the first left off.  Josh (Patrick Wilson) has returned from the Further feeling not quite himself, and when Renai (Rose Byrne) begins seeing familiar signs of the paranormal the Lambert family is thrust once more into a world of psychics, demons and ghosts.  Insidious: Chapter 2 also stars Barbara HersheyLin ShayeLeigh WhannellAngus Sampson, and Ty Simpkins.

During a recent New York press day I hopped on the phone for an interview with Byrne.  She talked about what brought her back for an Insidious sequel, working with James Wan, and acting alongside screenwriter Leigh Whannell.  She also talked about the diversity of her career, her recent work in comedy, Annie and more.  Hit the jump to see what she had to say.

Leigh Whannell Talks INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2, Working with James Wan, Writing a Sequel, His Love of Horror, Plans to Direct, and His Upcoming Film, THE MULE

by     Posted 1 year, 75 days ago

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Opening in theaters this weekend is James Wan’s Insidious: Chapter 2.  The follow-up to the 2011 surprise hit picks up exactly where the first left off with the Lambert family thrust into a world of psychics, demons and ghosts.  Insidious put an entirely original spin on the haunted house subgenre with its unique third act, and Chapter 2 digs deeper into that universe traveling further into the, well, Further and answering any last lingering fan questions.  Insidious: Chapter 2 stars Patrick WilsonRose ByrneBarbara HersheyLin ShayeLeigh WhannellAngus Sampson, and Ty Simpkins.

A few weeks ago at a Los Angeles press day I got to sit down with Leigh Whannell for an exclusive interview.  He talked about the working dynamic between him and James Wan, the freedom of writing a sequel, and creating a story around the first film.  He also talked about his plans to direct, why he loves making horror, and his upcoming film The Mule.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

James Wan Talks INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2, Why He Wanted to Make a Sequel, Taking a Break from Horror, FAST & FURIOUS 7, & the Genre He Wants to Try Next

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Opening in theaters this weekend is James Wan’s Insidious: Chapter 2.  The follow-up to the 2011 surprise hit picks up exactly where the first left off with the Lambert family thrust into a world of psychics, demons and ghosts.  Insidious put an entirely original spin on the haunted house subgenre with its unique third act, and Chapter 2 digs deeper into that universe traveling further into the, well, Further and answering any last lingering fan questions.  Insidious: Chapter 2 stars Patrick WilsonRose ByrneBarbara HersheyLin ShayeLeigh WhannellAngus Sampson, and Ty Simpkins.

A few weeks ago at a Los Angeles press day I sat down for an exclusive interview with Wan. He talked about gaining confidence as a filmmaker, why he wanted to make an Insidious sequel, taking a break from the horror genre, his approach to Fast & Furious 7, future plans with Leigh Whannell and the genre he most wants to do next. Hit the jump to see what he had to say.

INSIDIOUS and INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2 Double Feature Screening on Thursday, September 12th

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If an action-packed double feature of Star Trek Into Darkness and World War Z is what you’re into, then this Labor Day weekend has a treat in store for you.  If scares are more your thing, then you’ll be happy to hear that James Wan’s Insidious and the new release Insidious: Chapter 2 are playing back to back the night of Thursday, September 12th.  The horror sequel stars Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Lin Shaye, Ty Simpkins and Barbara Hershey, and opens in earnest Friday, September 13th.  Hit the jump for more details on the double feature.

17 New Images from INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2; Take Part in Online Seance If You Dare

by     Posted 1 year, 95 days ago

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FilmDistrict has released a new batch of images from Insidious: Chapter 2.  Additionally, the studio invites you to participate in a séance at the official site.  It is a neat bit of interactive promotional material as long as you don’t mind granting access to your webcam—worth a couple minutes if you are a fan of the first movie and care to role the dice.

Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Lin Shaye, Ty Simpkins, and Barbara Hershey star.  The James Wan-directed sequel opens September 13.  See the images after the jump.

New Posters for INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2, YOU’RE NEXT, and SEVENTH SON

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Briefly:

  • Insidious: Chapter 2  – Rose Byrne is hammer mom in the first poster for James Wan’s upcoming horror sequel.  The film opens September 13th and also stars Patrick Wilson, Ty Simpkins, and Lin Shaye.
  • You’re Next – Lionsgate has released an excellent new poster for Adam Wingard’s terrific home invasion thriller.  The film opens August 23rd and stars Sharni Vinson, Joe Swanberg, AJ Bowen, Amy Seimetz, Barbara Crampton, Wendy Glenn, Margaret Laney, Rob Moran, Nicholas Tucci, and Ti West.
  • Seventh Son – Ben Barnes features as the eponymous Seventh Son of a Seventh Son in the new Comic-Con character poster.  The film opens January 17, 2014, and stars Jeff Bridges, Alicia Vikander, Kit Harington, Olivia Williams, Antje Traue, Djimon Hounsou, and Julianne Moore.

Hit the jump to check out the posters.

New Posters for PERCY JACKSON: SEA OF MONSTERS, INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2, and ONLY GOD FORGIVES

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We’ve got new posters to share with you for the following films:

  • Percy Jackson: Sea of MonstersThor Freudenthal’s fantasy adventure sequel starring Logan Lerman, Alexandra Daddario, Brandon T. Jackson, Leven Rambin, Jake Abel, Anthony Head, Stanley Tucci and Nathan Fillion opens August 7th.
  • Insidious: Chapter 2James Wan’s horror sequel starring Rose Byrne, Patrick Wilson, Barbara Hershey and Ty Simpkins, opens September 15th.
  • Only God ForgivesNicolas Winding Refn reteams with Ryan Gosling in this violent revenge thriller that also stars Kristin Scott Thomas and Vithaya Pansringarm.  Only God Forgives opens July 19th.

Hit the jump to see all the new posters.

TOP 5: THE INTERNSHIP, INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2, Set Images Galore from X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST, THE PURGE, 101 Best Written TV Series of All Time

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For all of the uneasiness I felt watching The Internship play as a not so subtle promo for Google’s portfolio of services (what in the hell is Google Wallet?), the movie painted a dichotomy that I found interesting. While far from perfect, I thought the film did a nice job of contrasting the eternal optimism of a couple Gen X’ers with the often harsh practicality and cynicism I see embedded in myself and many of my fellow Millennials. Although this is hardly the platform from which to dive into a generational debate, The Internship at least introduced the idea that belonging to a generation that has had the wealth of the world’s knowledge at their fingertips for a good portion of their lives (not to mention video games and the lack of a military draft) faces a whole new set of unique challenges and insecurities. At the same time, it also sent an oft-overlooked truth that we (Millennials) don’t know it all, haven’t seen it all, and the “Culture of Meh” that we often embrace is cynical bullshit that I can only hope life experience will help pull us out of.

In addition to my “meh” soapbox, this week’s Top 5 offers The Internship interviews with Vince Vaughn, Owen Wilson, and Rose Byrne, the first trailer and a set visit recap for director James Wan‘s Insidious: Chapter 2, a truckload of set images from X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Purge interviews with Ethan Hawke and more, and a look at the WGA’s list of the “101 Best Written TV Series of All Time”. Check out a brief recap and link to each after the jump.

First Trailer and Images for INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2

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FilmDistrict has released the first trailer and images for director James Wan’s horror sequel Insidious: Chapter 2.  The majority of the cast from the first film returns in this follow-up, which finds the Lambert family trying to uncover the mysteries behind the childhood secret that has made them prone to some rather spooky paranormal events.  Having not seen the first film, I don’t necessarily find anything in this trailer scary (Wan’s other 2013 horror film The Conjuring, on the other hand, looks terrifying).  Chapter 2 almost looks like more of a thriller than a horror pic, but I’m sure fans of the first movie will be glad to wade back into the world of Insidious this fall.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer, and click here to check out our recap from the trailer event and Q&A with Wan.  The film stars Ty Simpkins, Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, and Lin Shaye Insidious: Chapter 2 opens on September 13th.

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