Thursday, July 21, 2011

Insidious (2010)

I'm going to be totally lame and admit that jump scares get me every freakin' time.  I get so stressed out that something is going to pop out from somewhere and I'm never quite prepared.  Also creepy imagery a la The Cell really makes me lose sleep, and this flick really had a lot of it.  Scary kids also flip me out, so when I realized this movie was going to be about creepy children, I was already super stressed going into it.

Insidious is a strange and freaky love child of The Haunting in Connecticut, Poltergeist, and A New Nightmare.  It's about a nice and happy little family: Josh (Patrick Wilson), Renai (Rose Byrne), Dalton (Ty Simpkins), Foster (Andrew Astor), and Cali (who is a baby, and therefore not listed on IMDB)  Dalton is playing around in the new house when he falls off of a ladder, bumping his head.  The parents think that all is well, and they put the kid to bed.  But the next morning, he doesn't wake up.

Doctors determine that he is in a coma, but unlike one they have ever seen.  Their advice is to run a bunch of tests, and hope that he eventually comes out of the coma.  Meanwhile, things that go bump in the night are constantly invading the family's home.  They keep seeing visions, people, and all around scary shit.  Josh is in denial about the whole thing, but Renai is very convinced that their house...and lives are haunted. 

When they bring in a medium of sorts (unfortunately not Tangina, but Lin Shaye) things go all kinds of crazy, and Josh and Renai learn that Dalton's supposed sickness runs deeper than they ever could have imagined. 

I wouldn't say this movie was super-original, as it was obviously heavily influenced by Poltergeist.  But it's been a while since I've seen a supernatural movie that actually scared me, even though much of it is because I am such a huge baby about jump scares and freaky looking people.  But I thought this movie had a good story, some great scares, and if you liked any of the aforementioned ghost movies, then you'll like Insidious.

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Real Queen of Horror said...

Whoa! It does sound like its awesome. I was actually going to check the movie out this weekend but was feeling unsure. Because of you, I will!