INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2: CFQ Spotlight Podcast 4:36

There's absolutely nothing wrong with Patrick Wilson in INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2.
There's absolutely nothing wrong with Patrick Wilson in INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2.

Oh yeah, kid, you’ve got a bad case of sequelitis right there. Technically polished with occasional striking moments, INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2 picks up the story of the Lambert family — Patrick Wilson as daddy Josh, Rose Byrne as mother Renai, plus kids including Ty Simpkins as the psychically tuned-in Dalton — immediately after their disastrous sojourn in the netherworld in the first film, and then pretty much repeats the beats with some painful expository writing  and awkward retconning to explain why the story didn’t just stop while it was ahead.
Cinefantastique Online’s Steve Biodrowski, Lawrence French, and Dan Persons have no shortage of opinions on how things went wrong (or in some cases, right) with INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2, and sit down to talk about how supposedly scary spirits wind up looking silly instead, why it may not be a good idea to take inspiration for your Big Reveal from MOMMY DEAREST, and, once again, why the police in horror movies are so dumb.
Plus: What’s coming to theaters next week.

Insidious: Chapter 2 – photo gallery

Insidious Chapter 2 teaser posterThe first INSIDIOUS was a supremely spook movie, and the sequel promises to offer up more of the same, judging by these photographs. I thought the story of the original took a wrong turn in its desperate effort to provide a shocking finale, and apparently screenwriter Leigh Whannel and director James Wan agree, since INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2 seems to avoid following that ending to its logical conclusion (which would have turned the sequel into a murder trial). Here’s hoping that CHAPTER 2 can deliver a good ending without resorting to another arbitrary twist.

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Danielle Bisutti as Michelle

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Ty Simpkins as Dalton Lambert

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This rocking horse is not a winner

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Lin Shaye as Elise Rainier and Rose Byrne as Renai Lambert

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Leigh Whannel, Lin Shaye, Angus Sampson

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Barbar Hershey, Patrick Wilson, Ty Simpkins, Rose Byrne

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Patrick Wilson and Ty Simpkins

Byrne and Wilson Cast in The Astral


Actor Patrick Wilson
Actor Patrick Wilson

Bloody Disgusting have the scoop that director James Wan’s (SAW, DEAD SILENCE) next horror film is coming together as Patrick Wilson (WATCHMEN, HARD CANDY), Rose Byrne (28 WEEKS LATER, SUNSHINE) and Barbara Hershey (THE PORTRAIT OF A LADY, FALLING DOWN) have now all been cast in THE ASTRAL.

THE ASTRAL (previously known as INSIDIOUS) sees Wan re-teaming with his SAW co-writer Leigh Whannell and follows a young family which makes the terrifying discovery that the body of their comatose son has become a magnet for malevolent entities. Meanwhile his consciousness lies trapped in a dark and insidious realm known only as ‘The Further’.
The film has a great cast (especially Wilson, who recently impressed me in both WATCHMEN and LITTLE CHILDREN) but nothing that Wan has done since SAW has been anywhere near as good as his début.  Hopefully the fact that he’s back working with Whannell will change things and make THE ASTRAL a return to form for the director.
THE ASTRAL has no definitive release date but expect to see it appear sometime in 2011.