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No scares again
Member Name: Donf18
Advantages: the music
Disadvantages: not scary
I like a good horror movie, but of late I've found it harder and harder to find one, which actually scares me..................even a little. Perhaps this is because we have become accustomed to the genre and there isn't really that much left to scare us. This said this afternoon I decided to give Insidious an airing and see if for a change I could be moved into being a bit scared.
Directed by James Wan Insidious is a tale of out of body experience, but from the start it wasn't particularly the storyline or the acting, which captured me. From the first frame the music of Joseph Bishara had me hooked. With strings and sound more in line with the old horrors of days gone by when a movie would scare me. There were haunting, scary and some soft and gentle moments neatly woven into a pretty tame script. I think it might if not for the music have been ejected quite quickly, however thankfully the music kept my interest as the movie developed and took over the interest role.
The Lambert family have a crisis, their son Dalton ( Ty Simpkins ) has went into a mysterious coma after a fall from a ladder, there is no medical evidence to prove the coma was a result of the fall. Shortly afterward his mother Renai ( Rose Byrne ) starts having weird episodes and visions. They move house after she suspects the current one is haunted, but hubby Josh ( Patrick Wilson ) is not so convinced. Although he does suspect something it would appear.
Enter Josh's mum Lorraine ( Barbara Hershey ) and her friend Elise Rainer ( Lin Shaye ), from here on in the music gets creepier as does the movie. It all flows nicely for a while and is well directed to this point, something goes sadly amiss here and I'm not sure I can put my finger on exactly what it is. I went from at least being moved toward being scared to laughing in the space of about five minutes, which is kind of sad as the movie did start to get better but my thoughts kept drifting to why I found a certain scene funny and not scary.
I guess again here I might well have ejected had it not been for the truly excellent music score, which both kept the momentum of the movie going and also the suspense. The performances in the Min were pretty good, with the odd unbelievable effort from Patrick Wilson. Where I was forced to laugh yet again.
It's not a film that I will return too, and apart from the music I can't find a lot to praise about this well hyped and over-rated horror. I think perhaps my days of jumping from the couch might well be over, and perhaps I set standards to high in such cases. However I would and did expect a lot more from James Wan, unfortunately he was unable to deliver the scare I required, except perhaps in the fact of how overall how feeble this plot and story were.
Summary: A bit of a let down from Wan