Which is all the more surprising when the writer-director team behind it also introduced the Saw franchise to the world.
Director James Wan and screenwriter Leigh Whannell were the minds that created the Saw series, that annual horror movie offering that embodied more and more the torture porn sub-genre that came with it. The Oz pairing’s 2010 Insidious junked this approach in favour of creeps and chills, and it pays dividends again here. F
ollowing on straight from the initial movie, in which Patrick Wilson’s Josh ventured to ‘the Further’ to rescue his son from another astral plane filled with possession-eager demons and the like, it seems all is not well and good, and that ‘something’ has come back with him.
Cue loads more creepiness, things going bump in the night and jump-out-of-your-seat moments that will have you peeking at the screen through firmly held together fingers.
They inject a healthy dose of humour into it all, particularly in the shape of the two bungling ghostbusters, Specs (Whannell) and Tucker (Angus Sampson), but it does lack the subtlety of the first movie, which itself, particularly with its dream-land finale, could hardly be described as shooting for gritty realism.
But it is great fun if you’re prepared to jump on board with its preposterousness and has enough scares to keep genre hounds well entertained.
Good for: Showing how horror and humour can go hand in hand.
Starring: Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne | 15 | 105mins | Out Sep 13