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Rated R · 112 minutes · 2013

Director James Wan follows up Insidious (2011) with another relatively bloodless haunted house movie. Like its predecessor, it's generic and lazy as storytelling, but this time there's almost enough playful camerawork to distract from the feeble conception. The early-1970s setting seems to have been an excuse for the filmmakers to hunt around thrift stores; there's no period detail, only kitsch, yet Wan lays it on so thick that he sabotages the joke. (At the same time, the pervasiveness jokiness keeps the movie from ever being scary.) Ron Livingston and Lili Taylor play the parents of the haunted family; Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga are the paranormal experts who come to their aid; the considerable talents of all are squandered.
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Director: James Wan
Producer: Tony DeRosa-Grund, Peter Safran, Rob Cowan, Walter Hamada and Dave Neustadter
Cast: Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Lili Taylor, Ron Livingston, Shanley Caswell, Haley McFarland, Joey King, Mackenzie Foy, Kyla Deaver, Shannon Kook, John Brotherton, Sterling Jerins, Marion Guyot, Morganna Bridgers, Amy Tipton and Steve Coulter

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