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Insidious 2: A Sequel More Possessing Than The First

Insidious 2: A Sequel More Possessing Than The First

“Insidious 2”, directed by James Wan, blew away all my expectations after having seen the first Insidious. The first “Insidious” was slow and boring and, except for a jump here and there, just not that scary.

Wife Renai (Rose Bryne) was a pathetic creature. Husband Josh (Patrick Wilson) was kind of a jerk, and the only source of excitement was stuck in a coma.

Quick recap of the storyline: The son’s (Ty Simpkins) spirit is captured by a creepy, evil red guy in a place called The Further. Josh goes into The Further to save his son, which he does, but his body ends up being possessed by the evil spirit that followed him in his childhood. Yay! Fun cliffhanger!

In “Insidious 2”, Josh’s body is still taken over by that same evil witch spirit, ew, while his own spirit is stuck in The Further. No one even realizes, which I truly don’t understand. For one, he’s acting loco with some major crazy eyes.

And two, the picture of the witch at the end of the first “Insidious”! Everyone saw it. Elise (Lin Shaye), the woman helping to save their son, was even killed over it. Everyone knew the witch wanted Josh’s body and that the witch only showed up on film. I feel like it would have been pretty obvious leap to suspect Josh’s spirit was not there.

Also there’s also some extremely gross teeth pulling going on as he ages super fast because the healthy body can’t handle the dead spirit. Ugh, I’m really not a fan of the bloody teeth, but it certainly ups the major creep factor this movie has going on.

While Josh’s body has the crazy eyes going on, spirit Josh gets to watch as his family becomes more and more unstable. So, fun times.

Renai especially is generally just useless and hysterical while Josh’s mom Lorraine (Barbara Hershey) gathers Specs and Tucker (Leigh Wannell and Angus Sampson), who I absolutely adore, from the first “Insidious” as well as Elise’s (Lin Shaye) old friend Carl (Steve Coulter) to, you know, actually solve the problem.

I love that Wan made “Insidious 2” so much more exciting. So much more happened and (most of) the characters were actually proactive. Plus, you found out some information that explained creepy events in the first Insidious.

I just would have loved more from Josh and Renai. In the first and second they’re boring and not helpful. The real stars of “Insidious” 1 & 2 are the side characters. Even the two sons with their combined lines of 10 were more exciting.

“Insidious 2” was most definitely creeptastic. I was actually jumping out of my seat and shrieking at times, which is quite unusual for me. Even if you didn’t like the first, like me, you’ll love “Insidious 2”.

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When Olivia Kalb ‘14 finds a spare moment, she cannot help but spend the time reading an enjoyable book. Although Kalb’s schedule has been booked tight lately college essays and the beginning of senior year, she still makes reading a priority in her life.

“I don’t really have a favorite [book] since I’m always finding new ones I adore, but my favorite genre is romance,” Kalb said. “I love falling into a story as I’m reading.”

However, in addition to adoring books, Kalb also enjoys writing short stories and creative nonfiction. She is very is cognizant of her surroundings, causing her to always be creating dialogues, characters, and stories in her head as she walks through the halls of Staples.

Kalb’s passion for writing was the reason she joined Inklings her junior year. However once part of the newspaper staff, she realized she was able to combine her love of reading and writing. Specifically, last May, after Kalb finished reading a novel, she in return wrote a review on it for Inklings.

Kalb will continue to read and write as she feels it is putting her on the path to success in life. “I have my whole life planned out,” Kalb said. “I want to be an editor for a New York Publisher.” While this may seem like a big dream, Kalb knows that Inklings is teaching her all the right skills for that lifestyle.

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