Director James Wan has proven himself to be one of our most gifted genre filmmakers. After kicking off the Saw franchise almost a decade ago, he surprised everyone in 2010 with Insidious, a suspenseful take on the classic ghost story.

Wan took things up a notch earlier this year with the fantastic The Conjuring, showing that he’s not just a master of the simple scare, but that he can summon the kind of unrelenting dread that’s a signature of horror classics. His second film this year is Insidious: Chapter 2, and while it bears all the trademark flourishes that have made his recent outings so effective, it’s missing their soul, resulting in a rushed, jump-scare amusement that shocks and then immediately fades away.