The horror-thriller Insidious: Chapter 2, the sequel to the 2010 film Insidious, hits theaters today. But is the follow-up worth watching, according to critics?
Patrick Wilson and Rose Byrne reprise their roles as husband and wife Josh and Renai Lambert, who seek to find out a mysterious childhood secret.
Directed by James Wan, Insidious: Chapter 2 weaves a suspenseful tale as they discover how dangerously connected they are to a world of darkness.
That sounds good, but does the final product measure up?
Let's take a look at what a few critics are saying ...
"For all but the most forgiving horror fans, this is a lazy, stupid and incoherent failure. Even if you succumbed to the dog-eared scares of The Conjuring, you'll struggle to find magic in this calamitous sequel to director James Wan's earlier, sillier haunted house movie, Insidious." - Time Out
"This sounds like more of the same, and it is: Insidious: Chapter 2 picks up the story at the very moment we left it, and expects its audience to have a detailed understanding of that first film's characters and rulebook. Anyone who does might feel a pang of disappointment that the plot is even feebler this time, and becomes slightly bogged down as Renai, her mother-in-law and a team of ghost-hunters engage in some Scooby-Doo-like detective work … the scares are mostly very scary indeed, and that means the film does its job." - The Telegraph
"Capable of generating plenty of chills without resorting to gore … Performances are also pretty much on par with the first, with Rose Byrne as Josh's wife Renai even more anxious to protect her children and the always watchable Hershey getting an expanded role. Wilson gets to extend his range a little further, from the skeptical dad in part 1 to a Jekyll-and-Hyde wannabe. And dead or alive, Lin Shaye's Elise as the ghost medium is awfully good." - The Toronto Star