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Nice try but not quite the complete horror movie.
Member Name: chloke83
Advantages: Typically jumpy and suspense filled horror movie
Disadvantages: Yet again a horror movie with a lackluster ending
Insidious is directed by James Wan who is widely recognised for the other films he has directed, such as Saw and Death Sentence. I quite enjoyed both of these films so on that basis i thought i would give Insidious a go.
I might add that i watched this during the daytime with my girlfriend so it may of had more of an impact if i was on my own and it was at night.
Insidious starts off pretty well, a family has moved into their new home and are getting on with the usual stressful things such as fitting in work around unpacking the boxes and furniture. Renai (the wife and mother) works from home as a songwriter as well as looking after the children.
After one of her sons has a fall in the attic he enters a coma that the Doctors cannot wake him from, Renai starts hearing things and seeing strange apparitions/ghosts around the house. She eventually convinces her husband to move house to escape the scariness.
Initially things seem fine until....
.....it becomes apparent that they have not escaped and the ghosts have followed them. After a couple of comical "ghostfinders" and a Psychic arrives to find out what is happening, they find out there son is not in a coma but has spirit walked to a dark place that he cannot get back from. There is now a variety of ghosts and demons trying to possess his physical form so that they can live again.
I will not give away the ending but lets just say it was slightly "luke warm". I have found this to be a problem with most of the modern horror movies, its almost like the writers ran out of ideas and quickly rushed the ending.
Insidious IS a good horror movie, it will make you jump and it will fill you with suspense and keep you on the edge of your seat. The initial part of the story is intriguing and the acting from the cast is solid (if a little wooden at the start). There are not many plot holes and things tend to be quite well explained. It is just unfortunate that the film is let down by the ending (which looks like it has left itself open to a sequel).
On a technical note the cinematography was very good and the usual camera filters for a horror movie were used (dark, grainy, sepia) well.
I have watched a lot of horror movies so am used to the usual signs and tricks that are thrown in so i can generally tell when something is coming up. However my girlfriend spent most of the movie hidden behind a cushion or with her fingers in her ears. From this i can presume that the film does its job well and on this basis i give it the rating below.
My rating 8/10
Summary: Definitely worth seeing for some jumps