A prequel set before the haunting of the Lambert family that reveals how gifted psychic Elise Rainier reluctantly agrees to use her ability to contact the dead in order to help a teenage girl who has been targeted by a dangerous supernatural entity.
A gripping story of a family in search of help for their son, Dalton, who fell into a coma after a mysterious incident in the attic. Little do they know that there is much more to this endless sleep than meets the eye as they explore the paranormal, and rediscover the past; the key to getting their son back once and for all. Written by
David Murray Arthur
(at around 28 mins) When the alarm goes off and Josh runs downstairs the front door is wide open and the porch beyond with no screen-door, something that was present earlier when he opened the door to look outside after the knocking. After he has gone around the house checking everything out and the alarm goes off again he closes the front door. The next scene is an exterior shot of the house and there is clearly a screen door present again. See more »
Tiptoe Through the Tulips
Written by Joseph A. Burke (as Josephn Burke) and Al Dubin
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Although familiar and overdone, the talent behind "Insidious" makes for a quality film
Haunted houses and questionable children have composed many a horror
film, but there's a reason they work. When they do so despite years of
being recycled, it's usually thanks to talent. "Saw" director James Wan
found something of promise in "Saw" writer Leigh Whannell's story
"Insidious" and the same must've gone for stars Rose Byrne and Patrick
Wilson. Horror films rarely get that infusion of talent, and as such,
"Insidious" does not get lost in that dark dimension of forgettable
Josh (Wilson) and Renai (Byrne) Lambert have moved into a new home with
their two young boys and infant girl. Like always, paranormal oddities
occur in small doses here and there until one morning they find their
son Dalton in a coma. A few months pass and they move Dalton back home.
The freaky incidences increase and eventually Renai sees the ghosts.
She convinces Josh to move them into a new home, but it gets worse, so
they bring in a paranormal expert (Lin Shaye) who provides them with
some shocking revelations about the state of their son.
Like "Paranormal Activity" (a film thats producers have credits on this
film unsurprisingly), the idea is to mount tension through paranormal
phenomena and expert suspense. Wan provides a number of perfect angles
and color to achieve the various moods. As much as you've been spooked
this way by films before, you can't simply shirk the way the film
creeps in Wan won't have any of it. In fact, nothing here in terms of
scare tactics will come as a revelation; many with a higher jumpiness
tolerance will likely find it boring in many regards. No gore or
horrific images to be found here "Insidious" does it old school.
Once Shaye's character Elise and her two employees arrive on scene, the
story mutates from paranormal suspense to other-worldly mystery. Elise
explains what's going on something that involves Dalton's soul being
lost in a realm called The Further and now they must rescue him.
Whannell constructs an interesting mythology here and the story goes
from horror to more of a mystery/thriller with demonic elements. In a
sense he borrows from science fiction in establishing the rules of
what's going on. It's mostly interesting, but in many instances
flat-out weird to the point that horror purists might not like it.
The best way to describe "Insidious" is first half "Paranormal
Activity" and second half something akin to Sam Raimi's "Drag Me To
Hell," which equates to a nice balance between self-seriousness and
horror fun. The "X" factor would be the performances. Byrne keeps Renai
from becoming an obnoxious scaredy cat as her role's importance
dwindles in the latter half of the film, in which time she still keeps
Renai relevant. Wilson's character is no typical over- macho father
figure or anything. Together they provide an unusual boost for horror,
which typically strives for random faces with questionable experience.
In general, "Insidious" possesses a professionalism not often seen in
the genre; most horror films go for cheap across the board from the
budget to the talent to the thrills. Although "Insidious" lacks
distinctiveness in terms of story, not an ounce of it can be perceived
as immature or hollow. What a rare (but not unusual) treat.
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