Last night I saw "Insidious: Chapter 2" with two of my friends (ok I was third wheeling it as they say but none-the-less) at Regal Cinemas Burlington 20 in Burlington Township, New Jersey. An 8:05 PM showing, we got our tickets pretty early at about 7:35 PM. We get great seats, right in the middle, perfect viewing. About fifteen minutes pass, then all of a sudden it hit me....."Insidious: Chapter 2" is a PG-13 movie. Armies of kids all of a sudden start to flood the theater anywhere from ages 10-16, unsupervised, all sugared up on whatever (perhaps some were even drunk, I wish I was...). It then begins to hit me, no matter how good this film is, I'm not going to enjoy it. I'll admit I have a poor recollection of the events that went on in the first "Insidious" so I wasn't particularly pumped to see it, however I wasn't mad either, I mean what else am I going to see French action porn? The theater fills up with unruly little brats whose parents probably were ecstatic that those little Cretans were out of their lives for at least a few hours. We're all 24 years old and its apparent that we are the oldest ones in the theater by at least 8 years.
What is wrong with kids these days? Even when I was younger and rowdy at the movies we had the common courtesy to shut the fuck up when the lights went down. These should've been aborted oxygen wasters could not keep quiet during the entirety of the film. Some were even taking selfies during the movie! They reacted with the typical hooting and hollering during the movies jump out of your seat moments but I don't know how they were even able to follow the story much less know what was going on. The theater sent a guard (of sorts) to patrol the theater, he was more concerned with the light let off by cell phones, but even he couldn't fully control the ruckus. I can't totally blame him. I love seeing movies in the theaters, there's nothing like that shared experience of terror, laughter, crying, inspiration etc. but I don't think I'm ever going to see a movie again during the weekend, just way too much. I walked out of "Insidious: Chapter 2" about an hour into the picture. For me, horror films work the best when I forget that i'm watching a film or that I'm in the cinema. With constant chattering and picture taking, that thought never crossed my mind.
What do I think of the film? It's ok, pure formula, nearly every scare was telegraphed but I can't honestly give the film a rating. It's probably the first film I've walked out on in nearly 10 years. Kids need to realize the cinema is a place for shared experiences not constant interruption and nonsense.
Better times when kids shut up and were awed by movies.
The reaction to the new "Romeo and Juliet" trailer.