Insidious Chapter 2 (2013)

Insidious Chapter 2 (Wan 2013)

The fourth installment in our possession and haunting mini-series. We return to James Wan and the Insidious universe. Check out our episodes on The Conjuring and The Possession and Insidious! Marginally better ideologically The Conjuring and Insidious but still problematic. We talk the McDonaldization of horror and the joy or lack thereof of the routinization of sequels in general.

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Insidious Chapter 2 (Wan 2013) – please watch the film before listening!
Insidious (Wan 2010)
The Possession (Bornedal 2012)
The Conjuring (Wan 2013)

TOPIC INDEX – (Wan 2013) (times are approximate) 

0:35 – Introductions
5:45 – Discussion begins
5:45 – budgets and franchises
8:15 – gender
11:00 – what actually happens in the film
17:00 – what TF is the evil
22:00 – are we contradicting ourselves in our critiques
23:45 – circling back to what is the source of evil
24:15 – trust the audience
28:00 – human vs supernatural evil
43:00 – how could we improve the film
51:30 – back to domestic violence
1:00:00 – Both Insidious 2 and The Conjuring are released in 2013
1:04:45 – trust your audience
1:06:00 – it’s so hard being a demon
1:09:15 – stoke and reflect
1:13:30 – Ritzer’s McDonaldization
1:20:00 – routinization and comfort in horror formulae
1:24:45 – Grading the film using the Collective Nightmares Evolving Rubric of Social Responsibility

Related Episodes

Insidious (Wan 2010)
The Possession (Bornedal 2012)
The Conjuring (Wan 2013)


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