Movie Review of ‘Insidious’

by on September 17, 2011

in Entertainment, movie reviews

This is a movie review of the 2010 movie, Insidious.  Yep, I’m finally getting to it.  It’s directed by James Wan (Saw franchise, ) and stars Patrick Wilson (Watchmen, The A-Team; upcoming: Prometheus) and Rose Byrne (Bridesmaids).

INSIDIOUS movie poster

Insidious opens with Renai (Byrne) getting up to deal with three kids in the morning.  Meanwhile dad, Josh (Wilson), is getting ready for his day at work.

Our first clue of trouble is when some books that Renai put away earlier end up on the floor.  Hmm.  Later, one of their sons, Dalton, does not wake up and than after that, their baby monitor (in another child’s bedroom) broadcasts some interesting then nasty sounds.

It also doesn’t help the nerves when the oldest son asks mom if he can change bedrooms because he doesn’t like it when Dalton walks around at night.  (Yea, the kid in a coma!)

The movie moves along at the standard clip where things and events occur to take the viewer along this demon haunted house or child or family.  You choose.

But even when they move to another house, the ghostly hijinks continue!  And then Barbara Hershey shows up and my fragile nerves just take me back to the old scary movie, The Entity!  Anyone remember that nerve scattering classic?

'Insidious' Movie Still

As scary movies go, I’m not sure we really encounter anything new.  Things not seen, things seen through pictures, things on walls and ceilings.

But they do pull it off with all these standard scenes and visuals with an efficient story flow.

For the record, watching this at home, I had five scenes that gave me a good set of goosebumps.  Then again, I’m suspecting that I’m a victim of producers Oren Peli‘s style.  (Yea, that’s the guy that scared the crap out of me with the Paranormal Activity franchise.)

In the end, I’ve been told by my co-reviewer said certain aspects of Insidious felt a lot like Poltergeist.  In the end, well, there’s a bit of a twist to it.

I would have probably been happy to have seen Insidious in the movie theater, but hey, I finally did get to see it!


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