The Grade Book: “Insidious: Chapter 2”

Insidious: Chapter 2

Plot: The Lambert family continues to get haunted by evil spirits. 

Director: James Wan. 

Writers: Leigh Whannell and James Wan. 

Cast: Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, and Barbara Hershey. 

Genres: Horror, Thriller.

Running Time: 1 hour and 46 minutes.

U.S. Release Date: September 13th, 2013.

MPAA Rating: PG-13.




(Lowest Grade Given to the Film: D-, Highest Grade Given to the Film: A)

SUMMARY OF THOUGHTS: Insidious: Chapter 2 has a spooky atmosphere and some smart connections to the first film, but it also lacks scares and comes with script issues.



  • Tony Estrada:

Grade: B

While James Wan’s other 2013 horror film, The Conjuring, is better in my opinion, Insidious: Chapter 2 delivers the creepiness and silliness well. Wan is a genius at camerawork and uses it so beautifully, like a work of art. Amazing performances, a well-crafted story, and the mystery are well thought-out and intriguing. Those violin sound effects definitely get under your skin. The film is more silly than creepy, and it is more for the mystery genre than the horror genre, but overall it’s a hell of a fun ride at the theaters.

  • Chad Gleason (MovieManCHAD):


Grade: D-

Thanks for taking the wonderful mystery out of the amazing first film. On my “Worst of 2013” list!

  • Mark Krawczyk:

Grade: A

I enjoyed this film a lot more than the first one. The characters were definitely improved and the acting was as well. I loved the exploration into The Further and the story behind the old lady definitely was interesting. The look of the film, along with the story and soundtrack, in my opinion, gave it an old school 80s horror film feel. There are a few too many jump scares but some of the creepy scare moments help balance it out. I also enjoyed how it tied certain events into the first film. All in all, a solid follow-up and, in many ways, an improvement over the first film.

  • John Maffeo:

Grade: B-

This horror sequel is one that does require a viewing of the predecessor, in order to gain the most fulfilling and satisfying experience. Although the editing is choppy and some of the humor falls flat, Insidious: Chapter 2 continues the story in a creative way! The buildup to each scare is executed with care, and the scares themselves are terrifying! This is definitely a fun time at the theater, or a rather solid appetizer for next month.

  • Matt Marshall:

Grade: B

Like James Wan’s The Conjuring, there were very few moments in Insidious: Chapter 2 that were remotely scary. A far cry for the first film for sure, but Chapter 2 makes up for it by expanding the scope of the paranormal established in the first film — with solid second-round performances by Patrick Wilson and Rose Byrne. Just watch out for the forced horror classic throwbacks.

  • Austin Putnam:

Grade: B

While it’s not the greatness the first one is, James Wan is still able to craft a good horror/thriller film. It’s more intense than scary and that’s what I really liked about it. It does feel like he and screenwriter Leigh Whannell did kind of replicate the plot progression of the first film. Plus there are jump scares. That still doesn’t deny that Insidious: Chapter 2 is a very good follow-up to a great horror film.

  • Daniel Rester:

Grade: C

One of  James Wan’s weakest films yet. The director builds a great atmosphere for the film, but his usually inventive spins on old tricks are lacking here — with very little scares. Poor dialogue, mostly-basic plotting, and mediocre acting don’t help, either.

  • Christian Ruvalcaba:

Grade: B

A solid follow-up with a story that overshadows the scares. Too many jump scares and some things in the middle, which created some exciting events that take place, felt unexplained. The acting and writing are better than the first as well. An entertaining horror film!

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