(Episode 115 of) Cinema Smackdown – Insidious 2

Cinema Smackdown
By Bret Dorman and Kate Peterson

It’s hard to reinvent a genre and not disappoint its fans. Insidious 2 may not be a total game changer, in fact it evens pays homage to classic horror films and urban legands; however, it also tries to push things in a new direction for itself and its fans. Leigh Whannell and James Wan challenge you to like their movie by making some truly bad decisions, a few creative ones, and backing all of it up with some awesomely terrifying moments and great talent. Bret and Kate tackle what it means to be a “B Movie” and how Insidious 2 is a shining example of good and bad, and while always managing to be fresh and entertaining.

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Taking the horror genre and adding in outside elements can be tricky. 28 Days Later is another example of a “scary” movie that transitions into other areas quite seamlessly. Instead of focusing on survivors battling survivors like the first expertly handled, this time around we get to see what happens when survivors have to battle the military to stay alive. Once again, zombies are used as a backdrop to create some tense moments while people are forced to make tough decisions and ask how far they are willing to go to stay alive. Here’s a sample:

Next Episode will be Prisoners!

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