Insidious received very mixed reviews - some said it was the scariest film they’ve ever seen, some said it was stupid and not worth their time, others (like Meg) told me that she had trouble sleeping because of it. It’s not my type of film. Don’t scare me. I hate being scared. Meg still persisted that I finally check it out…so I did.
I have to admit that even though the film itself was very scary, it wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought it was going to be. It was also slightly fragmented in the way it was presented. The first half of the film builds off of the horror/suspense genre of the films of the 70’s and 80’s. I thought of Poltergeist a couple of times in the beginning. It was much more simple in the way the horror aspect of the film was being presented to the audience, going for (what could be considered) cheap thrills and scares. The atmosphere was perfect and it set the film up to be something that the second half changed on the audience.
The film then follows Poltergeist and brings psychic mediums into the mix, preparing to exorcise the demons, turning the film a bit more surreal and bizarre. From there the film unravels slightly and becomes more predictable than terrifying, and leans much more heavily on the use of special effects and Nightmare on Elm Street-esque “Dreamscapes” to help move the story forward.
The film itself was entertaining though. I thought it was a decent modern horror film and didn’t shove “gore” down the viewer’s throat. I hate how a horror film in my generation can only be classified by how many buckets of blood and entrails are spilled in the course of 90 minutes instead of playing off natural human emotions and capitalizing on the use of suspense (which Insidious does very successfully). The film is beautifully shot with extreme angles and through camera lenses not typically found in the horror genre. Every shot is set up to be perfectly captured as a still frame though, a beautifully set up visual interpretation of the story.
I highly recommend watching it. If you scare easy, it’s not that bad. If you’re a horror pro - you might just enjoy yourself anyway.
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