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Insidious - Turn off the lights and enjoy the fright!
Member Name: kirstymc
Advantages: Pretty scary modern horror.
Disadvantages: Horror overkill in the second half.
Director: James Wan
Writer: Leigh Whannell
Stars: Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne and Ty Simpkins
When I first saw the trailers for Insidious I knew that this was going to be a film that was right up my street. I love anything spooky and there is nothing more spooky than a weird kid. However when I realised it was by the same guy responsible for the Saw movies I was a little worried that it would turn into a slasher gore fest.
Josh and Renai are a typical American family who seem to have the perfect life. They have moved into the house of their dreams and filled it with their 3 seemingly perfect children. One of the children Dalton is involved in what seems to be a minor household accident however within 24 hours Dalton has fallen into a coma. Released from hospital still in a comatose state Dalton is interred in his bedroom - it is at this point that strange things begin happening in the house. Freaked out that the house is haunted the family move to a different house however the hauntings continue and we realise this is not a typical haunted house movie.
I really enjoyed this film but to be honest, for me it was a film of 2 halves. Whilst the film clearly borrows themes and ideas from many different horror films such as Poltergeist it still had a lot of original ideas. As I said when I realised the movie was by Saw director James wan I was expecting a lot of blood and guts but I was pleasantly surprised as there was very little gratuitous violence or horror. The first half of the film relies on spooky understated ghostly activity which is well executed and builds up the tension so you are on the edge of your seat. There are a lot of great scares and some frightening imagery. However Insidious falls into the trap of revealing the "monster" and from that point on it was a bit ruined because lets face it, it can never be as bad as you imagine. I felt that the last part of the film suffered from horror overkill and there were almost too many frights in quick succession. That said the climax will have you jumping out of your seat.
The cast are all very good particularly Barbera Hershy who puts in great performance as Daltons grandmother. All of the characters play their roles in quite an understated way which keeps us in mind that these people are an ordinary family and this could happen to anyone. I thought it was great that Renai did the thing I always think victims of a haunted house should do, move house! I never believe when people stay in a house in which the whole family is potentially in danger.
Whilst this was not a film that had me wanting to sleep with the lights on there are a lot of scares to enjoy. f you like a good horror then I would recommend Insidious. Whilst it is not massively original I would say just suspend your disbelief and enjoy.
Summary: Everyday family suffers supernatural events.