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Film Review: Insidious

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by Kiki (subscribe)
Freelance writer and MA Journalism graduate
Published October 10th 2011
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Directed by James Wan and written by Leigh Whannel, 'Insidious' is the story of a young couple whose child falls into an inexplicable coma followed by a trail of mysterious sightings and bumps in the night, the family assumes the house is haunted and they move.

However, shortly after settling into their new home, a rapid series of unsettling events make it abundantly clear that the houses are not haunted, but the couple's comatose son is.

The film then follows the young parents' journey in an effort to prevent evil spirits from trapping their son's spirit in an astral plane called 'The Further'.

While this film sounds a lot like any other supernatural horror, I can safely assure you that it is pretty much its own genre. Yes, it's scary, personally, I was left fighting tears at the end, but this film is so well made that It will stay with you long after the end credits.

Patrick Wilson and Rose Byrne perform fantastically, not only as people whose reality literally crumbles before their eyes, but also as the heartbroken and worried parents of a child in otherworldly danger.

Ty Simpkins also deserves a mention. For a 10 year old boy to grasp and portray the character of Dalton (the haunted boy), even when he's possessed at one point in the movie, is just - it's beyond me. He was fantastic.

It may not be for everyone, but I found this film to be extremely haunting.

Get to your nearest video store and see what I'm talking about.

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Why? Because it's a fantastic film that has a profound effect on the audience.
When: Now available on DVD
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