A scary sequel
When we last left the Lamberts in "Insidious," eldest son Dalton (Ty Simpkins) had awakened from his comalike trance thanks to a rescue mission by his intrepid father. Like a paranormal Navy SEAL, Daddy (Patrick Wilson) had metaphorically rappelled, under hypnosis, into the spirit realm, where his son was being held captive. "Insidious: Chapter 2" picks up there.
Where do you go with a tale that ended so over the top, in a fog-shrouded netherworld called the Further? Apparently, even further.
Director James Wan and writer Leigh Whannell, who collaborated on the 2004 film "Saw," have made a name for themselves as horror auteurs. Here, they try to outdo what they did in "Insidious," piling on plot twists borrowed from a host of other movies that, while in some cases are genuinely creepy, turn "Chapter 2" into an overly busy mess.
The DVD (Sony, $31) includes a behind-the-scenes featurette and a short on the actors' makeup effects. The Blu-ray ($41) adds more featurettes and webisodes.
Also out Tuesday
"The Berlin File," "Caesar Must Die," "More Than Honey," "Una Noche."
Time to go wild
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McClatchy News Service