Wednesday, 6 March 2013


"Insidious" (2011, James Wan, Stage 6 Films, IM Global, Alliance Films, FilmDistrict) is a modern supernatural horror.

When Renai (Rose Byrne) and Josh (Patrick) moved into a swanky new home with their new baby girl and two young boys, Dalton (Ty Simpkins) and Foster (Andrew Astor) they didn't expect to find themselves victims of a haunting. They expected it less when they moved out of the 'haunted house' only to find that the entities had followed them! Soon it becomes apparent that perhaps it wasn't the house that was haunted, but a member of their family!

Starting as a relatively atmospheric slow-burning haunted house flick there are some very good jumpy bits and a building dread that is effective! The creep factor is spot on and the interestingly shot camera work works for the atmosphere, rather than against it.

At the start I felt it had a lot of 'Poltergeist' to it, but by the third part I realised it was pretty much a retelling of 'Poltergeist'... right down to the lost child and the weird medium lady with her two sidekicks. Not necessarily a bad thing, though.

The only problem is that the plot aimed to get too much in there and winds up with a hokey ending that doesn't match the incredibly spooky start to the film. It's as if they lost their way into a different movie and the ghosts really start to lose their effect due to the 'too-much-shown-factor'.

However, for the unseasoned horror viewer this film will certainly give you some chills and have you jumping. I just felt that the end lost something after such a spot-on start!

[Image: FilmDistrict]