“Insidious” Full of Bumps in the Night, Not Gore

Posted on April 26, 2011 by

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Saw director James Wan and Paranormal Activity’s Oren Peli unite to produce an “old-time” horror film called Insidious, which was released on April 1st.

For the duration of the movie, Dalton, an only child, is in a coma, and no one knows why–not even the doctors. While Dalton is in a coma, a series of events happen to his mother. The normal haunting material occurs, such as opening doors and apparitions and random musical accompaniment.  Unfortunately, the events grow progressively worse, so the family calls in a team of “experts” to figure out what is going on.  They call a psychic, who tells the family that Dalton isn’t in a coma but rather became lost in the “Further“ during his sleep. One demon has Dalton trapped in the Further and wants to take over his physical being on earth. Dalton can only be saved if someone travels into the Further and brings him home. As a result, the audience is told that Dalton’s father went through the same thing when he was a child and has to go back to save his son.

With such a contrast in their previous horror films—paranormality and gore—these directors came together to produce a great movie. The movie starts out with dissonant, loud music blaring, already trying to frighten the viewer at the onset of the upcoming movie. Throughout the film, there are moments of unpredictable slamming doors, etc., but at other times these events are predictable. At any moment, the peaceful movie onscreen could force something to jump out at the viewer. This is how the movie does its frightening; it’s not like other horror movies today because there is no gore in it at all.

Some of the images of demons in the movie are a bit overdone. It is as if the directors tried to make things scary but tried too hard and ended up with a hodgepodge of disconnected imagery.

You would think this movie has a happy ending because of all the “torture” thrust upon the family; unfortunately, this is not the case.  The movie has a few revenge-filled twists that make even the most fearless viewer crave a sequel.

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