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Insidious - Film Review

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Published May 29th 2011

Director James Wan (Saw) has joined forces with Oren Peli, Jason Blum and Steven Schneider (Paranormal Activity) to create what Wan hopes to be "the Poltergeist for this generation."

Insidious is a definitely a strong contender to be the Poltergeist of this generation. Insidious is not just another modern horror movie that will leaving you yawning instead of screaming. This is one of the best horror movies to hit the big screen in a long time.

The story follows a seemingly happy family, lead by two great actors - Rose Byrne and Patrick Wilson, who recently move to a new home. It is there, that their son falls mysteriously into a coma, and spirits from the realm known as The Further, attempt to inhabit his body.

In an attempt to be rid of the strange ghostly presence they feel in the house, the family moves again, thinking it was the house that was haunted. Only to find, that the spirits have followed them.

The story may seem like just another rehashed, typical horror movie, but it's the camera work, soundtrack, acting and split second ghostly images that put Insidious a cut above the rest.

Insidious is very reminiscent of horror movies from the '70s and '80s. When they were actually good, remember that? The way the title Insidious appears on the screen in large font with a high, loud note played, very much akin to The Exorcist, just takes you back to the horror movies of days gone by. One of the first images of a ghost that we see, is just a quick flash, not right in your face, just like the first glimpse of the devil in The Exorcist.

The movie doesn't use gore to shock and scare the audience. The ghosts that flash quickly in and out of sight, with creepy smiles and face paint, do the trick just fine. Insidious is a must see for 2011, especially if you are a fan of old horror movies. Those who scare easily, don't watch this alone.

Insidious opens 12th of May in Australia, starring Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Barbara Hershey, Lin Shaye and Ty Simpkins as Dalton.

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Why? The must see horror movie of 2011
When: Australia 12/5/2011, UK 29/4/2011, USA 1/4/2011
Where: At a cinema near you
Cost: Depends on ticket
I was very impressed with this film. So many horror flicks these days are just filled with creative deaths and pools of blood. While the main villain seemed a replica of Freddy, the early shots send a shiver down the spine. You can see the influence from movies such as Paranormal Activity with some of the angles and scares, but I feel Insidious has a more complete plot than the aforementioned thriller. A good choice of actors also, with so much Aussie talent on show.
By Chris Sutton - senior reviewer
Wednesday, 17th of August @ 08:50 am
I was wondering whether I should get this out on DVD or not at my local video shop but after reading this review I will definitely be getting it. It always seemed like a hit or miss movie from the get go but I love the 70's and 80's horror movie feel so now it is a must. Thank you for the review.
By Alexander Lewandowski - senior reviewer
Sunday, 2nd of October @ 01:56 am
You are very welcome Alex. I just hope you enjoyed the movie now! Glad my review was able to help.
By Retired Writer - senior reviewer
Sunday, 2nd of October @ 08:01 am
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