Escape to the Movies: Insidious: Chapter 2

Insidious: Chapter 2

MovieBob exorcises his demons in this review of Insidious: Chapter 2.

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Cannot wait to check it out! Really been looking forward to this one.

Sounds more to me like you finally exorcized your demon when you did The Big Letdown. Nice to have you back Movie Bob.

Jumps? I like horror when it creates dread that induces panic at a reveal. Jump scares however, I find annoying. Someone could clap their hands next to my ear while watching Toy Story and I'd have the same experience with most modern horror flicks, annoying, not scary. I hope this film doesn't over do the jump scares.

Much like someone said before, I'm not much into horror because most of them seem to be either gore porn and/or attempts to startle, and I guess neither of which I find entertaining in terms of movies, but I certainly understand why other people would. So I'll be taking a pass on this movie, but I did think this was a good review.

Bob, I do have a genuine question in regard to the whole No to Robocop reboot. Do you think you'd feel as strongly if Robocop wasn't your favorite movie? I mean I haven't seen anything related to the new Robocop outside of the pictures you've shown these last two episodes, so I'm curious. Does it actually look like a BAD movie, or are you just worried it's just one of those remakes that's gonna earn gangbusters on the name alone even if it ends up horrible and will somehow dampen the original?

And that time of year again? Oscar Season? Have fun with that, Bob. Just remember that we've got Thor in a few months. That'll be fun, right?

dint like the first one, even when it was pretty creepy when he went in to the spirit world and this crazy looking woman was just standing in front of him with this freaky smile.
this one looks like another rental for me.

but yes, the conjuring was creepy and i agree that he knows how to build up tension and places the camera in an good angle.even my wife was on the edge of her seat wile watching it wile i had pretty much was relaxed.

The ghost was obviously a democrat or Bob would have hated this movie. :P

I kid, I kid. Come on people, with things like today's Critical Miss floating around I think we all need to learn how to take a joke.

OT: Glad to hear it seems they did this one right. Pulling off a good ghost movie is really tricky as most of them just come across as lame and bland. I mean there's only so many "unexplained things happening" that you can pull off in a movie, only so many pale-faced spooks hiding beneath/behind stuff or showing up in the mirror but not really being behind you. If Bob's review is accurate it seems like they managed to use such things and use them well which, as I said, is pretty tricky to pull off.

I saw it last night as a double feature with the first movie. That was the way to do it. As a standalone, or even if seeing it without just watching the first, it probably still would've been pretty decent though, just based on the mentioned cinematography alone. I didn't think it was nearly as scary as the first though.

No matter what video I'm watching (and I am not a fan of horror films, so I only watched this to see what Bob had to say), the Rayman commercial always seems to make me happy.

*Pulls a gun and shoots the Moviebob cutout* I'm sorry, it had to be done.

Good reference!

Naw Robcop might be the right kind of bad, just like the original.

They made a movie of Osage County? And it's Oscar bait? Ugh.

Spoilers, I guess. I saw that play; it's basically a family in a house rolodexing through every cliché of dysfunctional you can think of, without any real story or narrative. Divorce, suicide, incest, dementia, drugs, ephebophelia, adultery, racism - though surprisingly, they leave homosexuality off the plate. If you've seen Eulogy (with Zooey Deschanel, Hank Azaria and Famke Janssen), you've already seen a funnier version of it. There'll probably be some good performances, I guess, which would be the only reason to ever make a movie of this.

Also [1], after seeing the trailer for the new Robocop last night, I watched the original. It's a damn good movie. I won't be seeing the remake. And to all of those who are saying "It looks like crap and remakes are overdone, but I'm probably gonna see it anyway", know that I'm better than you and you can be, too.

Also [2], thanks for scaring the shit out of me by flashing the Exorcist face. Good thing I was already pooping while watching this vid. [grins creepily]

See, this is what I like about Bob, he liked the movie, but still found something to criticize about it. That's what I get about him, he's honest and professional with this sort of thing.

I realize that The Shining isn't traditional horror. But every time I see that picture of Nicholson with his face crammed through an axe-abashed door, I am reminded of how good his perfomance was in that movie. Watching Jack act through a touching scene with his son while mentally on the border of "completely freakin' loosing it" over his son's innocent admissions of his mom's mutinous actions. Damn. That scene stands out in my head as the best acting in anything I have seen.

But I guess Nicholson had plenty of time to hone his skills in The Shining since "he's always been there."

Damn it, whenever a video has an extra bit of length after I get exited thinking it'll be an announcement of a special episode or something, but its always your book. Yahtzee probably advertised both of his books for a total of like 6 episodes combined. Advertising on this site has got out of hand on every front.

Dammit BOB! You KNOW you want to tear into Robocop! OT: Eh, horror movies have lost their charm for me, would still like to see the first one though. And did anyone see what flashed by at 1:08 for that very briefest of moments?

Phuctifyno:
They made a movie of Osage County? And it's Oscar bait? Ugh.

Spoilers, I guess. I saw that play; it's basically a family in a house rolodexing through every cliché of dysfunctional you can think of, without any real story or narrative. Divorce, suicide, incest, dementia, drugs, ephebophelia, adultery, racism - though surprisingly, they leave homosexuality off the plate. If you've seen Eulogy (with Zooey Deschanel, Hank Azaria and Famke Janssen), you've already seen a funnier version of it. There'll probably be some good performances, I guess, which would be the only reason to ever make a movie of this.

Thanks for that. I got confused at the end there because that was the first I've heard of that movie.

As for today's video: Holy Shnikies, the grandma looks like THAT?! DAYUMN!!!

You know, I love Robocop. I loved it for the hyper violent special effects when I was younger, I loved the satire as I grew, and it's one of the few movies from my younger days that I can still watch that has great action, great pacing, great effects, and I don't feel the need to asterisk anything by saying "For it's day".

All that said though, I've actually let myself get a bit excited for the Robo-reboot. Let's be perfectly honest here, there is one good Robocop movie. The sequels were trash; the television series was barely watchable at it's peak and downright abysmal at it's worst; and there's a bunch of comics I couldn't be bothered to read. So you know what, why not? I'd be happy to "keep it sacred" if the film's owners bothered to do so, but they didn't. They let Frank Miller direct a sequel that was so preposterous I find it hard to take seriously even as a gag or as satire or on any real level. As great as the original was, that franchise as a whole is equally proportionate to it in dreary badness.

Of course I really like Michael Keaton and Gary Oldman so I am likely biased. But until I have a solid reason to think poorly, I'm going the high road on this one. It looks like they are taking it in a different direction rather than some print by print remake for the sake of a remake and if the filmmakers want to blaze a new trail with an established franchise I say go for it. Worst case scenario is they make a decent popcorn flick and then we all get months of bitching about it. And the inverse is we might get a watchable and maybe even enjoyable new Robocop without the stink of the original set (again, as a whole; Robo 1 is still amazing).

I mean Dawn of the Dead was my big set piece landmark movie. But I gave the remake a try and it turned out really good. Maybe not as good as the original, but the original didn't have Ving Rhames with a shotgun blasting undead in the face.

I'm probably going to be the odd one out here and say that I found Insidious to be not really scary at all. The first time I even saw the demon I just thought he looked like Darth Maul, but besides that he was just an asshole. Not really even other worldly, just kind of an asshole, like Freddy from the Nightmare on Elm Street films. Hell, the old woman was creepier than him, and that side plot was much more interesting if you ask me. And maybe it's all ruined by my own spiritual beliefs and my viewings of evil creatures that go bump in the night, making the demon look almost like a school bully at his top game, but it just felt so bland. At any rate, with the new one being more about ghosts than pitiful looking demons, maybe it could insight a little bit more fright from me, but I won't be betting on it, I'll just wait until it hits Netflix.

I've been watching MovieBob's content for a few months now, and I think I've come up with a terrifying realization

MovieBob

wants us

to buy his book

Eh... I thought Insidious was rubbish, so a second chapter isn't drawing me...

I am looking forward to this. The only bad thing about the first one was the comedy ghost hunters. Now in their own horror comedy it would be awesome as i liked them. But in a movie where the first half was serious horror and then all the tension an horror was gone when the comedy team turned up. An spoilt the ending when they wanted to be all tense and scary.

Any way, will watch this at some point.

Just came back from watching Chapter 2. It wasn't as scary as the first, largely because we know the whys and the hows already, but it was still a fun horror house romp, starting with bumps in the night then ramping up to scenes of frozen faces in the darkness, with the occasional jump scare thrown in for good measure. I enjoyed it, although watching it midday I didn't exactly get the full "theater experience" which could've both added to and detracted from this film.

Quick question. How long are you planning on running the "buy my book" gag borrowed from the critic at the end of every episode?

Also, while you were probably just being sarcastic, really bob? "The things I go through for you people?" You are an internet movie critic. You get paid to watch movies. Are you really going to act like some kind of martyr?

I'm getting kind of sick of the book too. Yahtzee did it for about 4 weeks or so with Mogworld but this is getting sad. It's getting so I don't even want to see the comments during the credits and double check the length of the video just to avoid it.

I've already bought your book XD

Wait... Insidious was excellent? I'll grant you that it was creepy for about the first half. Then we started tip toeing through the tulips and playing hide and seek with Darth Maul.

Can't believe you are comparing it to the Conjuring. That movie was waaaay more scary.

TWEWYFan:
*Pulls a gun and shoots the Moviebob cutout* I'm sorry, it had to be done.

Good reference!

Why? All he said was Buy my book! Buy my book! BUY MY BOOK!

Endocrom:

TWEWYFan:
*Pulls a gun and shoots the Moviebob cutout* I'm sorry, it had to be done.

Good reference!

Why? All he said was Buy my book! Buy my book! BUY MY BOOK!

Lol. I'd finish the reference but part of me worries I'd get banned or something.

You do go through a lot for us Bob. And we love you for it. Thanks man!

Captain Howdy never gets old, does he?

Why do horror movies name their sequels with things like Part 2 and Chapter 2 and what not that seems to suggest that they always intended to continue the story?

That ending makes me kinda not want to buy your book. Trying to sell something by annoying your target audience sure is an interesting way to sell. Let's see if it works.

iol i forgot about his book promotion at the end and i left it running. My nephew hated the "buy my book!" and its stuck in his head for the rest of the night. He is now understandably angry at me LMAO!!!

MovieBob:
Insidious: Chapter 2

MovieBob exorcises his demons in this review of Insidious: Chapter 2.

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Great review Bob. And Bob when your self promotion annoys 11 year-olds you might wanna change it LMAO!

I can't say I enjoyed this movie all that much. It had some good moments, and unlike Bob I liked the backstory that's given, but overall it just feels like the film equivalent of an expansion pack/DLC than it does a proper sequel.

 

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