The original Insidious (2011) was a welcome return to indie horror form for director James Wan and writer Leigh Whannell, who followed up their original breakthrough film, Saw, with a couple of misguided and forgettable excursions into major studio territory (anyone remember Dead Silence?). Insidious was intimate, original, a little insane and genuinely creepy; it established some of the stylistic and narrative devices that Wan would utilize for large-scale horror success with The Conjuring a couple of years later.
It was also a hit, which meant the 'we have a new horror franchise!' signs lit up at the offices of original backer Film District. So Insidious 2 came along in 2013, with Wan and Whannell taking up camera and pen again, but it proved to be an unnecessary, overplotted and often