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Movie review: 'Insidious: Chapter 2' a chilling sequel

Published September 13, 2013 11:22 pm

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"Insidious: Chapter 2" isn't as scary as the effectively chilling 2010 original, but it has its moments.

The sequel starts the next morning — after Josh and Renai Lambert (Patrick Wilson and Rose Byrne) have escaped their demon-haunted house with their three kids, as Renai tries to explain to the police the death of ghost chaser Elise Rainier (Lin Shaye).

While staying with Josh's mother (Barbara Hershey), Renai begins to suspect that Josh isn't himself and that something evil returned when he went to the nether realm.

Director James Wan and screenwriter Leigh Whannell, both back from the first film, generate some cool scares and clever comic relief from Elise's junior colleagues (played again by Whannell and Angus Sampson), but a viewing of the first movie would benefit newbies.

Wilson seems to relish playing two personalities, which is two more than the bland actor usually displays.

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'Insidious: Chapter 2'

Opens Friday, Sept. 13, at theaters everywhere; rated PG-13 for intense sequences of terror and violence, and thematic elements; 104 minutes.