Insidious (2011)

insidiousStarring: Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Lin Shaye, Ty Simpkins, Leigh Whannell, Angus Sampson, Barbara Hershey

Directed by: James Wan

PG-13. 102 mins

Creating spine-tingling atmosphere and borrowing elements from classic ghost stories, the folks behind Saw and Paranormal Activity have added a slightly spooky entry into the canon of supernatural thrillers. After moving into an old house, Josh and Renai (Wilson and Byrne) are shocked to discover their son has fallen into a deep coma for no apparent reason. Slowly but surely, the situation creates stress in their own relationship and it becomes clear that their new home has some dark spirits who wish to possess their son at any cost. The film isn’t terrifying, but there’s plenty of jumps and all the gloom you’d expect from cast and crew, plus some intensely creepy music. Unfortunately, the second half verges on ridiculous and even the spectres incite more humour than horror. Insidious brings some goosebumps, but doesn’t quite get under your skin – * * 


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