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Insidious: Chapter 2 could give us the ultimate Friday the 13th

Posted on May 11, 2013 at 7:25 pm by Nathan Tolle

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It was recently announced that the sequel to the enormously profitable and critically-acclaimed Insidious would be coming out slightly earlier than planned. With Lionsgate’s 3-D adaptation to the graphic novel I, Frankenstein pushed back yet again (this time to January, possibly to re-create the success of Texas Chainsaw 3-D) there was suddenly an open slot in one of the best possible dates for a horror film: Friday the 13thInsidious: Chapter 2 will now be hitting theaters on September 13th and now that the film has been in post-production for several weeks, we should be expecting a trailer soon.

Even though James Wan’s Insidious is regarded by many to be the scariest film to come out in several years, excitement for a follow-up has been awfully muted (much like the 2009 sequel was to another insanely frightening film, Neil Marshall’s The Descent), most likely because the original ended on such a perfectly satisfying note that it’s difficult to imagine how this story could continue. It also seemed like too classy and sophisticated of a film to inspire a sequel just because it made so much money. But it seems that the more I learn about it, the higher my hopes are that Insidious: Chapter 2 won’t follow the cynical, predictable, idiotic, money-hungry route that the Paranormal Activity, Resident Evil, and Saw movies took.

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What gives me the most confidence is the fact that Leigh Whannell returned to write the screenplay and once again, James Wan is the director. These two men have formed a powerful partnership in the horror community and I am always excited about their future projects. Insidious was a reward to old-school horror fans who were growing increasingly impatient and disillusioned with the state of the horror genre, and who were  hungry for a smart, suspenseful haunted house thriller like Poltergeist and The Shining. I don’t think these two men would be making a sequel to a movie they were so proud of unless they felt they had a good concept and plenty of inspiration to dive deeper into The Further.

I’m not sure if the cast members were contractually obligated to become available for potential sequels or if they were just really happy to be working with Wan again, but just about every single performer in the original will be appearing in part 2, even somehow Lin Shaye, whose character was viciously strangled at the end by a recently-possessed Patrick Wilson. This is great news because the acting in Insidious was absolutely perfect, especially from Rose Byrne as the sympathetic and intelligent Renai Lambert.

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Official Synopsis: 

The haunted Lambert family seeks to uncover the mysterious childhood secret that has left them dangerously connected to the spirit world.

The list of characters includes Young Lorraine, Young Josh, and Young Carl so we’re obviously going to be treated to some flashbacks; I just hope the movie doesn’t become overly talky and concerned about answering every question we may have about this demon-ruled netherworld.

But shortly before we find out whether Insidious: Chapter 2 is that rare, special sequel or yet another lifeless, disappointing retread, we’ll be treated to another haunted house movie called The Conjuring, and if you happened to see its trailer, you’ll notice striking resemblances to Insidious in terms of style and tone. Usually this would give me nothing to ponder about, but upon learning that this movie also stars Patrick Wilson and is directed by none other than James Wan himself, I can’t help but feel a little perplexed and uneasy. Loosely based on the paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren (who were heavily involved in the Amityville Horror case), The Conjuring opens on July 19, about a year after production was completed.

A film with so many similarities opening only a couple months prior could affect Insidious: Chapter 2’s box office potential, but on the other hand, it’s a sequel to an extremely popular horror movie opening on Friday the 13th with the horror genre’s most beloved month just around the corner, so I think it will do just fine. I just wish there wasn’t that dorky backwards S on the film’s poster because it makes me think of the godawful Thir13en Ghosts! 

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