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Insidious…Yeah, That’s One Word For it

Insidious, directed by James Wan and written by Leigh Whannell is like a modern day Poltergiest, but not good. It starts with a promising build up of tension, which is blown to smithereens once we see that our main antagonist demon ghost looks just like Darth Maul. There are a few good jump scares, and some creepy stuff with photos. Plus there’s an interesting final scene that takes place in a different ghost dimension, but the character design takes away any kind of fear built up through the editing and acting. It looks like a Hot Topic employee wrote and directed this film. It is as if a mall goth watched Poltergeist, Stir of Echoes, the original Amityville Horror, and a bunch of other influential horror films with ghosts, and then decided to steal a little bit from each one and make their own shitty flick about a haunting.
The score is loud and overbearing. It doesn’t so much assist the images you see in the film, as it does overpower them, and drill into your brain.
The acting is decent, considering what the actors had to work with, but it in no way saves the film from being what it is; a crappy knock off of way better films about ghosts.
It’s tough to care about a child in a coma, when we barely get to meet the kid. It’s equally difficult to deal with the ghost hunters in the film, who are played for laughs, which ruins any tension which might exist otherwise.
The funny thing is, most people have an issue with the end, when the father goes into “the further,” to go after his son. Yes, it switches the tone into weird, supernatural action film territory, but I appreciated the originality. Frankly, it was my favorite part of the film. It was unique, something which the rest of the film wasn’t.
You want a good ghost story? There is a long list of films you should see before Insidious. However, if you want a film with a Darth Maul demon putting a kid into a coma, and an old lady holding a candle terrorizing the guy from Watchmen, I guess go see Insidious.
So yeah, I loved it.
That scene with the gas mask was pretty bitchin’ though.


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