Insidious (2011)

4.5 Overall Score
Story: 4/10
Acting: 5/10
Visuals: 5/10

Atmospheric beginning

Horrible final half hour, the psychics

Movie Info

Movie Name:  Insidious

Studio:  Stage 6 Films

Genre(s):  Horror

Release Date(s):  April 1, 2011

MPAA Rating:  PG-13


Oh no…an old woman…and she has a candle!

Renei and Josh Lambert (Rose Byrne and Patrick Wilson) move into a new home with their three children.  Soon their child Dalton (Ty Simpkins) goes into a coma after an accident in the attic.  When Dalton doesn’t wake from the coma his family takes him home and they begin to see and hear things…The answer is to move, but the visions and sounds don’t stop.  Josh’s mother Lorraine (Barbara Hershey) suggests contacting a psychic friend Elise Reiner (Lin Shaye) and her team of experts who reveal that Dalton is lost in “the Further”.  Will Dalton wake up and will it be him if he does?

Directed by James Wan and produced by Paranormal Activity’s creators, Insidious was released to generally positive reviews and a huge box office return for the generally low budget film.  The movie was nominated for a number of horror awards and praised for the building of suspense.


After you work for Darth Sidious, no one wants to hire you

Insidious has an ok introduction.  It is the typical creaking house, objects moving, haunting story.  It honestly just kind of feels like a scripted Paranormal Activity (the creators are also responsible for this movie).  It is creepy, but not horrific.  The movie goes downhill when the family takes the logical step of moving from the haunted house…but discover that it isn’t the house but Dalton who’s haunted.  This leads to an almost nonsensical trip into the Further (the world between the living and the dead…horribly named) and the discovery that Dalton is being held by a demon that looks amazingly like Darth Maul.

The paranormal investigators are way too goofy and almost feel like the Lone Gunmen from X-Files.  They are led by Magda from There’s Something about Mary and I just kept seeing her like that.   The shocking (which was extremely un-shocking) revelation that Patrick Wilson’s character also has ties to “the Further” just convoluted the story more and seemed like every psychic ghost story (the non-believer really is a non-believer because he’s afraid of his abilities).

By the end of the movie, I didn’t really know what exactly was going on…Did Darth Maul really want the kid?  Was it all just a plot by the old woman to try to get to Patrick Wilson again?  By that time, I also really didn’t care.  Insidious was followed by Insidious:  Chapter 2 in 2013.

Related Links:

Insidious:  Chapter 2 (2013)

Insidious:  Chapter 3 (2015)

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