Proceeding in a gradual, subtle way, but with harmful effects… And INSIDIOUS does just that.
Many of you have already made up your mind about INSIDIOUS, right? You are probably thinking something in the lines of “This Looks stupid” or “No way am I paying for this” and by watching the trailer, I would agree with you but what you may not know is that this film can have easily being taken from an Alfred Hitchcock flick… It’s not; but it does possess that certain quality, that “Old School” horror feel if you will.
Within the first five minutes of the movie you realize the kind of movie this will be. Starting with the amazing score (paying homage to Horror movies of the past), to the all CAPS in the title “INSIDIOUS” and to the long opening credits, the Retro in this film literally oozes from its pores.
James Wan, who is no stranger to Horror movies, has done an AMAZING job working behind the director’s chair on this one. He has created a feeling of suspense that I haven’t felt in a very long time. The camera angles, the great acting, down to the intensity of fear that will creep around the theater like a plague.The last movie that made me feel this way was Texas Chainsaw Massacre (Remake 2003)
Now, when I say that James Wan is no stranger to horror movies, I mean just that. Remember that little film called “SAW” (AKA The First Saw)? Guess who co-wrote it and directed it. That’s right, Mr. James Wan. And that’s not all, he has also directed movies such as Dead Silence & Death Sentence (Kevin Bacon). Now, with INSIDIOUS under his belt, He has become a force to be reckoned with.
This time he team up with Saw co-writer Leigh Whannell and with Paranormal Activity writer/director Oren Peli to give the familiar haunted house story an exciting new twist with this tale of a family that moves into an old house and begins to suspect they are under siege from otherworldly forces when their young son inexplicably falls into a deep coma. As devoted parents Josh (Patrick Wilson) and Renai (Rose Byrne) struggle in vain to uncover the root cause of their son’s condition, the stress of the situation gradually begins to take its toll on their once-strong relationship. Later, when darkness falls and specters appear to reach out for them from the shadows, the frightened parents realize they’re dealing with powers beyond human comprehension. Barbara Hershey and Lin Shaye co-star in this great film.
Listen, I am not going to sit here and tell you a lot about the film because the “Not-Knowing” it’s what makes this a great and fun and scary endeavor. I highly recommend INSIDIOUS for a good scary night.
Just remember to find your way back from your dreams.