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Although Insidious: Chapter 2 is not arriving in theaters until September 13th, there's still plenty of time to get excited for 's demonic horror.

So, in the spirit of looking ahead to Insidious 2, we will also look back to see what it will have to do to beat its predecessor.

Horror movies, especially those of the Saw/haunted house/demonic possession variety rarely go down well with critics. For example, no movie in the Saw franchise has ever scored above 50% on Rotten Tomatoes, while other recent arrivals such as 2013's The Last Exorcism: Part 2 and The Haunting in Connecticut 2 have done even worse, only gaining scores of 15% and 23% respectively. Even though it's not exactly in Shindler's List territory, Insidious' 66% is extremely respectable for the genre.

Sure, there are some bad reviews, for example Matt Looker of labeling Insidious "About as subtle as a fart at a séance." But enough about that negative stuff.

Bruce Diones of The New Yorker said:

Wan and Whannell have, in effect, ripped pages from the "Poltergeist" playbook and stripped the formulas down to old-style gothic scares.

While Jim Schembri of The Age wrote:

Director James Wan here proves himself very adept at building dramatic tension and making you anxious about the things going on in your peripheral vision.

But perhaps the 'fairest' review comes from James Berardinelli of ReelViews. He claimed:

If there's a complaint to be made about Insidious, it's that the film's second half is unable to live up to the impossibly high standards set by the first half.

Perhaps Berardinelli is right, once Josh and Dalton had headed off into "the further," Insidious did become a little bit less gripping. Still, the final twist scene perfectly set up a potential sequel. Producer Jason Blum has already hinted that Insidious 2 will go some way to explaining the mythology behind the first movie.

Furthermore, the castings of younger versions of Elise (the paranormal expert) and Lorraine (Josh's mother) also suggests we'll get to see the history behind Josh's demonic affliction.

Personally, I think this is the best way to continue the story. Insidious left so many unanswered questions in Josh' past, to ignore these and continue the story purely in the present day could be doing the franchise a disservice.

I guess we'll have to wait until the Insidious 2 trailer is released next week.

What do you think? Which direction would you like Insidious 2 to go? Let me know below.

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