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It's not the house that's haunted.
From the director-writer team of James Wan and Leigh Whannell (Saw), comes Insidious, the terrifying story of a family who shortly after moving discover that dark spirits have possessed their home and that their son has inexplicably fallen into a coma. Trying to escape the haunting and save their son, they move again only to discover that it was not their house that was haunted.
Patrick Wilson (Morning Glory), Rose Byrne (TV's Damages) and Barbara Hershey (Agatha Christie's Poirot: Murder on the Orient Express) star.
Reviews Counted: 162
Fresh: For all its creaky-old-dark-house cliches, Insidious is a fun ghost-train ride, full of truly terrifying moments. But once it's over, it's forgotten.-David Michael Brown, Empire Magazine Australasia, July 04, 2011
Fresh: Director James Wan here proves himself very adept at building dramatic tension and making you anxious about the things going on in your peripheral vision.-Jim Schembri, The Age (Australia), June 16, 2011
Rotten: Insidious is certainly part of a great tradition of scary films, but it's a little too bland and visually unappealing to be memorable.-Thomas Caldwell, Cinema Autopsy, May 14, 2011
Fresh: While the third act descends into silliness, for the most part this is a superbly crafted and genuinely scary flick that borrows brilliantly from horror classics.-Matthew Pejkovic, FILMINK (Australia), May 12, 2011
If you love horror movies you will definitely love this movie. I will watch it many more times I loved it!
Reviewer: Jan Review refers to DVD version
Reviewer: Tigger45 Review refers to DVD version
I didn't think it was anywhere near as good as these other reviewers. I found it to be a let down.
Reviewer: Ladyshalene Review refers to DVD version
Insidious reminds you of the old horror movies, where there was less reliance on special effects and more on music, sudden sounds, sudden appearances. This movie scared the heck out of me and I watch a LOT of horror movies.
What I've noticed though, in discussing it with friends who've seen it is that younger viewers (teens-twenties) don't really get the scare and it has little effect on them. I can only assume that's because of the lack of special effects that people are used to seeing now-a-days.
You have to appreciate the subtleties to really enjoy this one and it's so different from modern in-your-face fx-fests that the younger generation isn't quite sure what to do with it.
Reviewer: Kessily Review refers to DVD version
“Insidious” is 70 minutes of good old-fashioned horror movie creepiness. The story is familiar to any fan of classic horror movies. A happy family moves into a new house, and weird stuff starts to happen—books appear where they don’t belong, odd noises emanate from the attic, apparitions appear and disappear. And then one of the sons lapses into a mysterious coma. The wife/mother (played by an appropriately distraught Rose Byrnes) implores her husband (Patrick Wilson) to move—she insists that the house is haunted. He acquiesces and they move to a new home, only to find that the haunting continues. For a brief time after the move to the new home, “Insidious” looks as if it’s destined to become a contemporary horror classic, reminiscent of “Poltergeist.” But then there’s a fateful scene involving a gas mask, and the movie rapidly goes downhill. The remaining 30 minutes or so of the film focuses on astral projection and other dimensions, and “Insidious” seriously loses its way. The ending telegraphs an almost inevitable sequel, which I’m sure will be a disappointment. Too bad—I had high hopes for this one.
Reviewer: Jimg Review refers to DVD version