5 things we’ve learned from the ‘Insidious Chapter 2’ Trailer

Five things we’ve learned from the "Insidious" Chapter 2 Trailer

Recently, the new trailer for Insidious: Chapter 2, the follow up to the 2010’s horror-flick (Insidious) about a family who tries to stop evil spirits from trapping their son in another realm, was released. It’s full of goodies sure to whet the appetites of horror fans and fans of the previous film, so below is a list of some things from the trailer that caught my eye. 

“Is there something wrong with Daddy?”

YES. Not to spoil anything for those who haven’t seen the first film, but as in typical “Saw” director James Wan and screenwriter Leigh Whannell fashion there was a punch-to-the-gut twist at the film’s climax. Can Josh Lambert (Patrick Wilson) overcome the demon inside of him, or will his son have to travel into limbo to save his father?! Also, what’s with Patrick Wilson pulling his tooth out?

“Nothing’s going to bother us, not anymore.”

WRONG. The Lambert family tries to move on (by apparently moving in with grandma), but as specified in the first movie, it’s not the house (s) that’s cursed, and it looks as if the origin story of the family’s curse will be revealed.

Poor Rose Byrne

Sure, we should feel bad for the entirety of the family seeing as how they’re all victims if this movie follows suit set by the last movie. But, the men in the family (the son and his father, Patrick Wilson) have an inherited gift (spoiler alert) that allows them to travel into a hellish-like realm where souls are lost, so they are able to somewhat deal with the trouble they’re in. Renai Lambert (Rose Byrne) didn’t inherit anything, so she’s stuck dealing with possessed tricycles and creepy women in white gowns walking through her house at any given point in time. Also, what’s with the demonic noises from the baby monitor (see trailer for first movie)? Does something have hold of the little one?

Director James Wan delivers clear, crisp scares

Rarely are horror films so revealing about their antagonists, but nearly every scary instance in the first film and this trailer are clear and detailed. Couple that with excellent make-up and sound design, and things get real scary real quick. Wan knows how to build tension, and he defies many standards set by the horror movies of yesteryear– anything can run across the screen at any time (morning, night, lunchtime) and scare the crap out of you.

The paranormal chasers return

The paranormal ghost/demon chasers (one of them played by Whannell) we saw assist the Lambert family in getting their son back in the original film are back for more supernatural action. And it looks like those insane gas masks used to conjure the dead from the first movie are back?! I wonder if Wan and Whannell have any more tools up their sleeves.

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Jesse Tabit is a native of Charleston, WV. He studies journalism at West Virginia University.

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