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Thursday, February 2, 2012

Insidious Movie Review



Insidious


Cast: Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne

Writer: Leigh Whannell

Director: James Wan

* out of four





   A family discovers some pesky ghosts in Steven Spielberg's supernatural thriller "Poltergiest". Wait a minute, I'm not watchng "Poltergiest" because that movie is actually scary while "Insidious" just tries to be scary. Watching this movie reminded me of going into a haunted house and having someone behind you describing every scary thing at ever freaking moment.


"Did you hear that, The floors just creaked. Are you Scared? Oooh there's some intense violins playing now, are ya scared yet.  Look, look. a cat just jumped out of no where.  Damn is this scary."

The story of "Insidious" is about a family whose son falls into a coma after witnessing a scare. Renai Lambert(Rose Byrne) begins seeing freaky things around the house and convinces her husband Josh(Patrick Wilson) to move out. That idea becomes moot when the disturbance still continues.A psychic is called in to investigate and she discovers that the house isn't the thing that's being haunted. It's their son.


                 ( Photo Courtesy of Alliance Entertainment

This could have been a great throw back to those great Haunted house thrillers of the past, but the way they tried to bring on the scares was just bad. If you have never seen a horror film before I could understand slightly why you would be freaked out by this,but for an avid horror fan like me, it was a major disappointment. There is one scene where they used Tiny Tim's "Tiptoe through The Tulips" and although they tried to make it disturbing it came out being awkwardly funny.One of the producers of this was Oren Pell whose "Paranormal Activity" was a major influence on the plot.  I'm not joking.   Just replace the girl from that movie with the little boy from this, add more cameras,a few more characters and you would have the same movie.


The Actors do a good job with the script they were giving, but their characters are very one note. Especially the skeptic husband. I'm not sure how this trend got started.  But in every horror film I see the man is the last one to believe that there is something wrong going on. Are men everywhere going to feel emasculated if there's one male character who believes in ghosts.


I do praise director James Wan and screenwriter Leigh Whannell for their pacing of the story. It gives the audience time to connect with the main characters before any scary stuff begins happening. Most horror movies just want to go for the kill right away and give us cheap scares and gore. It's impressive to see a movie that works on building suspense rather than the gore because it's the suspense that makes a horror movie good. I just wish that in "Insidious" had more of those elements for me.







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