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5.0 out of 5 stars Insidiously spooky
A family moves into a new home, and spooky things start happening. Eventually they realize the truth -- they are being haunted by a malevolent supernatural force.

It's a plot so common that it has become a cliche, but there is still some creative juice to be squeezed from it -- and in "Insidious," it scares the pants off you. James Wan (the guy who gave...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Coma Chameleon
Surprisingly 'old-school' ghost story given that the writer and director are best known for their work on the hardcore Saw films. If it weren't for the last twenty minutes and the subsequent, exhausted 'twist' ending, this would be a really solid film.

Young Dalton Lambert goes into a medically inexplicable coma. His family searches for answers. Weird things...
Published on Nov. 21 2011 by Jonathan Stover


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3.0 out of 5 stars Coma Chameleon, Nov. 21 2011
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Surprisingly 'old-school' ghost story given that the writer and director are best known for their work on the hardcore Saw films. If it weren't for the last twenty minutes and the subsequent, exhausted 'twist' ending, this would be a really solid film.

Young Dalton Lambert goes into a medically inexplicable coma. His family searches for answers. Weird things happen. A psychic is consulted. More weird things happen. That's the movie with the major twists and revelations unrevealed.

Wan and Whannel get a lot of productive mileage out of showing little and suggesting a lot, of quick scares and odd things lurking in the outskirts of the frame. The cosmology introduced by the psychic to explain what's going on makes a certain amount of sense, though it's not developed enough to be all that convincing for long. A visual homage to Neil Gaiman's Sandman series is a bit jarring; that one supernatural entity looks an awful lot like Darth Maul undercuts a certain amount of tension.

Rose Byrne is a stand-out as the worried mother. Byrne's face in repose tends to look sad anyway -- I think it's her eyebrows -- and the look suits the material. Patrick Wilson is fine as the father, who has supernatural secrets of his own, though he appears to lose about 50 IQ points in the last twenty minutes. When the psychic tells you not to draw attention to yourself, don't run around yelling at every supernatural entity you encounter, that's all I've got to say.

The movie also joins the horror sub-sub-sub-genre of 'Monsters who love novelty songs,' as one entity really likes Tiny Tim's "Tiptoe Through the Tulips," which was already terrifying enough on its own. Hell's playlist must be really awful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Insidiously spooky, Jan. 11 2015
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EA Solinas "ea_solinas" (MD USA) - See all my reviews
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A family moves into a new home, and spooky things start happening. Eventually they realize the truth -- they are being haunted by a malevolent supernatural force.

It's a plot so common that it has become a cliche, but there is still some creative juice to be squeezed from it -- and in "Insidious," it scares the pants off you. James Wan (the guy who gave us the original "Saw" and "Dead Silence") crafts a slow, eerie drift through a ghostly nightmare, which is only flawed because sometimes it feels like he's throwing every single scary thing imaginable into it.

Renai and Josh Lambert (Rose Byrne and Patrick Wilson) have just moved into a lovely new house with their three children, and everything seems fine.... until their son Dalton (Ty Simpkins) falls into a coma, and the doctors don't know why. Then weird things start happening -- Dalton's brother reveals that Dalton sleepwalks through the house every night, faces appear in the windows, and a mysterious specter attacks Renai.

So they do the sensible thing: move to a new house. But then Josh's mother Lorraine (Barbara Hershey) spots a horrifying figure lurking near Dalton's body, and they realize that whatever was haunting them before has followed them.

So Lorraine calls in an old psychic friend, Elise (Lin Shaye); Josh believes that she's just a fraud, but she soon shows that she can detect the Darth Maul-looking creature that is haunting Dalton. It turns out that Dalton's soul is lost in a spiritual in-between zone that Elise calls The Further -- and if they don't save him soon, something terrible will steal his body.

In a lot of ways, "Insidious" reminds me of "Poltergeist" -- a family, a new home, a terrifying ghostly presence that is stalking a gifted child, and a parent who is forced to go into an "in between" death dimension. And like "Poltergeist," this movie takes well-worn ghost story cliches and makes them scary once more... just by doing them really well.

Even before the spooky stuff begins, director James Wan gives the movie an eerie atmosphere. Every scene is full of pale grey light, with lots of empty shadowy rooms and sudden bursts of loud wild sound (including "Tiptoe Through the Tulips," which is terrifying enough). And he gives you the feeling that something is lurking in the corner just out of sight -- something cold and hungry, something utterly merciless. Even worse, it's not alone.

Gradually, Wan builds up a sense of building horror, throwing in glimpses of dead-faced men, gas masks, and finally a venture into the Further itself. This is basically everything that James Wan finds terrifying -- a hellish, eerie dimension filled with the grinning puppet-like dead, victrolas piping eerie music, and a demon who looks like a Darth Maul minotaur. It doesn't sound scary, but it will have you clawing the arms of your chair.

The only problem with the Further is... well, it feels like Wan flung every single scary thing he could come up with into the Further, without much of a plan. It's wildly effective on a visceral level, but it leaves you wondering how some parts of it (the laughing kid, for instance) gel together with Darth Maul Demon.

Sympathetic characters in horror movies are about as common as frogs who can do algebra, so it's refreshing that... well, pretty much everybody in this movie is likable. While Josh seems insensitive at times, it's gradually revealed that there's a reason why he shies away from all things supernatural, and Patrick Wilson really gives a powerful, intense performance as a guy desperate to save his son, yet resistant to what could save him.

Byrne is at the other end of the spectrum -- Renai is crumbling slowly under the constant onslaught of specters and scares, and Byrne captures her raw terror for her family. Shaye and Hershey give solid performances as well... and my only complaint is that the baby is ALWAYS crying.

With excellent direction and a very talented cast, "Insidious" is a haunting ghost story that builds up to visceral, nightmarish terror -- and while the horror seems random sometimes, it's still very effective.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Slow and steady build up to real creepiness!, Sept. 7 2011
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If you like to feel scared but don't like goriness, this is for you. I don't want to reveal any plot details, but I liked the way a supernatural situation was handled by realistic and intelligent people. As the story unfolds, the reasons to be frightened develop to a climax.
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4.0 out of 5 stars It's a nice movie but suffers from the same ills of American ..., July 10 2015
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It's a nice movie but suffers from the same ills of American movies on the subject. Americans have difficulty to understand what they cannot touch or blow up. When they deal with spirits, they either go overboard or under-do it. And then there are the 2 guys with the ghost machines. Why on earth were they made to be comedians? And why were they more terrified than the lay people they were supposed to help? And lastly the dad. He was totally opposed to everything at the beginning, like a typical macho dad, and then he was battling spirits like he did it for a living everyday!
Despite all this, the movie will entertain most people who likes scary movies and who do not ask too many questions.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Scary, Nov. 22 2013
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This is a very scary movie. But quite entertaining if you enjoy very spooky. I will have to buy Insidious 2 when it comes out.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Insidious blu ray, June 13 2015
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Great horror flick! Definitely one to catch if you haven't seen it. Me and my wife loved it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, July 28 2015
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Really good movie, enjoyed all of them so far...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Happy Makes Good Of Everything, Feb. 16 2013
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I was wondering why all three of these reviews did not get
any voting that's here on amazon.you know why because you people don't know
A CRAP about movies and film.i think you should go back and watch it and don't put your eyes
in the ceiling while you're watching it Okay.so stay focus.i was wondering if this movie is in any
relation to the Entity with Barbra Hershey back in the 80'' or 90'' i think. which was so good.and
this movie deal with the same subject matter and i love it as well as the Entity.so four stars for
this one.Now please stay focus.Barbra Hershey is in this one as well...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun for the whole family!, Nov. 2 2013
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If you like horror and love enjoying a good old' fashioned horror movie with the family...
pick this up.
Enjoy watching your family flinching, cringing, jumping and hollering. It always works on the most easily frightened.

Enjoy!

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3.0 out of 5 stars Déjà vu? Lost Child in an Other-Worldly Plain? Evil Demons/Spirits? Why Does it Feel Like I've Seen this Film Before?, Oct. 23 2013
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A young family begin to experience supernatural occurrences and their young son, Dalton, who never recovered from a minor accident and is in a mysterious coma, appears to be the centre of this strange phenomenon. A medium is called in and it is discovered that Dalton, has the ability to astral project and travel to another realm, which is referred to as "The Further" and is somehow lost and may be in the company of a monstrous entity. His empty, soul-less body, has become an open vessel for other worldly creatures who are wanting to live again, and will possess his body if the sleeping boy's soul is not returned soon.

It has been stated that this film bears a resemblance to the classic Tobe Hooper film, "Poltergeist" (1982). Let's see. Both films deal with supernatural activity tormenting a young family with the phenomenon concentrating on one of the children. Both films have a child lost in another dimension, "The Further" (Insidious) or "The Other Side" (Poltergeist, although this term wasn't used until the sequel). Both children are in the company of a monstrous evil. Both films have a team of parapsychologists called in to try and establish contact and return the child to this world. Both films have a parent travel to another dimension to reclaim their child. The similarities appear endless. However, visually, the 2 movies look nothing alike. "Poltergeist", in my opinion, is superior. Hooper's classic is very Special Effect's heavy and has a lot more on screen action, with floating phantasms, supernatural whirlwinds, exploding coffins and many corpses on display, not to mention, it also had heart and a funny bone. "Insidious" really has none of the above, and this films tone is much more darker. Comparisons aside, "Insidious" has a lot of atmosphere and there are some real sinister scenes. You do see some surreal characters and images during the last quarter of the film and the performances are good. Patrick Wilson and Rose Byrne who play the tormented couple, John and Renai Lambert, are good, although Josh, at times, was kind of loopy (more on this a bit later). I also loved seeing the beautiful Barbara Hershey again as Lorraine, Josh's tormented mother who also has a secret of her own to tell. The film is more psychological, relying more on atmosphere and tense situations for its chills, and some of the make-up effects are frightening (the main demon resembles Darth Maul a bit too much). The score is a bit creepy, although it could get a bit grating if you sit through the end credits, almost like nails on a chalk-board.

Some of the scenes are a bit of a let-down. **Possible Spoilers** When Josh is shown ghostly pictures from his childhood, the apparition in the photos are just too in-your-face to the point that they look photo-shopped. Images that were less obvious would have been far more successful. Also when "The Further" is finally visualized, it is much too dark to see anything clearly and the ghosts/souls inhabiting this realm are quirky and rather pathetic, aside from the main demon, they do not appear at all that frightening, and I have to admit, the main demon lost it's frightening edge once I realized it likes to listen to Tiny Tim. Josh also appears to be a bit mindless in the latter parts of the film and is not able to follow important instructions all too well. A medium explicitly tells him that he is travelling to another realm and to NOT DRAW ATTENTION to himself because if they (meaning the evil creatures that reside there) realize he is not one of them, they will come for his "physical body in this world" yet once there, he starts screaming at the top of his lungs "Dalton!!!, Dalton!!!..Followed by "Where is my son? .. Tell me where my son is, please! .. Have you seen my son!??" and then initiates a fight with, none other than a parasitic and powerful entity and screams at it - `What do you want from me?..I am not scared of you ... Get away from me.. Leave me alone!!" . Really? Dude, really? You fail.

"Insidious" moves along surely but slowly and there really is minimal action here and when the action does start during the all too important climax, it is much too dark to see any of it. With that said, I do appreciate this film and would love to see more of this type of horror releases since for the past decade, we have been given far too many slasher movies and torture porn. "Insidious" is more in the lines of "The Changeling", "The Exorcist", and of course, "Poltergeist", the film it most resembles, at least in spirit. It's a good little horror tale but despite its chilling atmosphere and good performances, I still have to admit that this has been done before and done much better. It's still makes a great movie to watch on "Halloween" with the lights turned off and the volume set to MAX.

3.5 out of 5
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