Having no clue about director James Wan’s “Insidious” except that it was PG-13, when I set out with some friends to see it in theaters, I was 99.9% sure I was going to wish I had my $10 back.  In fact, throughout the movie, I did!  Many times throughout the film, I questioned why successful stars Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Barbara Hershey, Leigh Whannell, Angus Sampson, & Lin Shaye participated in “Insidious!”  I felt worried for the child stars Ty Simpkins & Andrew Astor’s careers! Yes, I will admit that I jumped a couple of times throughout the movie, but then, I was greatly shocked in a way I did not expect.  Sure, some bits & pieces of the film were stupid throughout the entire film, but roughly the last half hour of the film was fantastic!  A lot of the acting was poor & the most of the fright factor was total crap, but once more focus came into play on the demon, ghouls, & astral plane, “Insidious’s” under accomplished plot developed into an original twist!
    After Josh (Patrick Wilson) & Renai Lambert (Rose Byrne) move into their new home with their children.  The oldest Lambert son Dalton (Ty Simpkins) soon enters a deep sleep of which no doctors can awaken him or diagnose.  While Dalton’s condition maintains, Renai & her family begin to experience some frights – hearing voices, seeing “people,” & moving objects.  After relocating to escape the haunting, Renai comes to find that the haunting has followed her family.  In a desperate attempt to find answers, the family hires Specs (Leigh Whannell) & Tucker (Angus Sampson) to use their technology to detect the paranormal.  When found frighteningly successful, Josh’s mother Lorraine Lambert (Barbara Hershey) realizes her worst nightmares are coming true once again & hires her old psychic friend Elise Rainier (Lin Shaye) to help the family fend off ghosts & demons while they attempt find their son who has become lost during a travel to the astral plane before another being possesses his body.


    With so many flaws, I will start with the most important aspect of “Insidious:” viewers interested in watching “Insidious” have to keep in mind that it is a PG-13 movie focusing specifically on a PG-13 audience. Most scares are expectable & not very scary for adult viewers. This is only considered a flaw because it targets a small audience which includes teens that might not have the availability or support of parental guidance. On that note, most parents will not only feel their money had been wasted, but they will be bored out of their minds; incapable of using sleep as an escape due to overdramatic teenage screams. The biggest flaw was that the acting was terrible. I was incredibly shocked with how poor the acting was throughout most of “Insidious,” especially with such a talented cast. I was further shocked when I heard “Insidious” was directed by James Wan, who has won my heart seven times over with the “Saw” series (although I was also disappointed with “Dead Silence”)!
    But then, suddenly, I was thrown into an entirely new movie. The plot had thickened & became original. It was as if someone had injected horror film adrenaline into “Insidious.” I was interested in the family, their friends, the ghouls, the demon, & I could not leave my seat. The astral plane was executed brilliantly, with only a few reminders that this was a PG-13 film. In fact, I had never seen this idea used in film before! Yes, I have seen it in some similar ways, but to spare giving away too much detail about the movie, trust me when I say it is something new for us viewers. The ghouls finally became more realistic & their make-up & fright factor was better. The demon, one of the only consistently frightful things throughout “Insidious,” became even more terrifying. For me, the scene in the demon’s lair was the highlight of the movie – nonsensical, creepy, & it gave the demon personality. I was briefly reminded of the monster from “Jeepers Creepers,” only I was more intrigued with ‘Insidious’s” deranged & determined-for-life demon. I gladly took back my regrets of money wasted.
    So what makes a horror film good? Well, it varies, but for ones based on the paranormal, I believe the best are those who’s frights stay with the viewer after the movie is over – being afraid to look in the rearview mirror on the drive home, becoming silent & aroused at every little sound at home regardless of if it is night or day, & being afraid to turn the lights off before bed. “Insidious” has made this accomplishment. In fact, it made this accomplishment in roughly the last half hour after it had been so terrible a film prior! I’m not saying we should appreciate how much the beginning of “insidious” sucked, but the film definitely deserves honor for it’s ending.
    I have only two things left to say about “Insidious.” The first is that I wish it had been made for an older audience. I feel that if it had been, it’s flaws would have not been present. The second is that “Insidious” would have been greater if it had been created in the early 1900’s when movies were new. If it had been (& it could have been seeing as most of the effects could have been created back then), this film might just be one of notoriety. It even seems at times throughout the movie that this was a goal of James Wan, especially with it’s opening & closing title.
    Director James Wan’s “Insidious” might not be a completely good quality movie, but it’s ending it definitely worth a watch. Starring Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Barbara Hershey, Leigh Whannell, Angus Sampson, Lin Shaye, Ty Simpkins, & Andrew Astor, “Insidious’s” ending makes up for it’s flaws. I encourage all to watch, if not in entirety, then at least the ending. Maybe you will be as shocked as I was.

2 thoughts on “Insidious”

  1. Insidious was one of the most by-far Terrible movies i have seen,Several times I thought of leaving the Room and requesting my money back. Although I do admit it did get better towards the end.I do agree the Acting could have been better but i must remember it was a PG-13 movie.I Beg they do not come out with a sequel.

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