Insidious is… one hell of a scary film. Written by Leigh Whannell and directed by James Wan, the same creative team behind the Saw franchise, Insidious drops the blatant gore and goes in for the scare. The end result is the scariest movie since the 70s and 80s.
Whannell and Wan tell the terrifying story of a family, who shortly after moving into a new house, discover that dark spirits have possessed their home and that their son has inexplicably fallen into a coma. Trying to escape the haunting and save their son, they move again only to realize that it was not their house that was haunted. Patrick Wilson (Lakeview Terrace, The A Team, Little Children), Rose Byrne (Bridesmaids, X-Men: First Class) and Barbara Hershey (Black Swan) star in this frightening story of a family looking to prevent evil spirits from trapping their comatose child in a mysterious realm called “The Further.”
Coming across much like Poltergeist and The Exorcist before it, Insidious is a classic scare film and will most likely be looked upon in 10 years much like The Exorcist and Poltergeist is today. And if history is anything like it has been, Whannell and Wan’s “The Further” realm will most likely see future releases, much like Jigsaw in the Saw pictures. Let’s just hope the “The Further” realm will continue to scare and not gore us to death.
If scary movies are not your thing, this movie will scare the pants off you – if you can sit through a typical horror without a twitch, Insidious will most likely make you subtly jump at least at one point in the movie. And for that, it deserves the ranking of classic.