Insidious 2010

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Josh and Renai are a happily married couple with three young children who have moved into an idyllic new suburban home. When tragedy strikes their young son, Josh and Renai begin to experience things in the house that are beyond explanation. Before long, their lives are turned upside down by demonic forces, hell-bent on terrorising their existence.

Starring:
Patrick Wilson,Rose Byrne
Runtime:
1 hour, 38 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Thriller, Horror
Director James Wan
Starring Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne
Supporting actors Barbara Hershey, Angus Sampson, Ty Simpkins
Studio Momentum Pictures
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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3.9 out of 5 stars

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96 of 103 people found the following review helpful By Mr. S. Johnson on 16 July 2011
Format: DVD
Not many films scare me these days. Mostly it's all gore or cheap shocks. But gut-churning scares are something of a rarity. Insidious, the new film from Saw director, James Wan, has chills and creeps a-plenty, with the obligatory jump-out-of-your-seat shocks thrown in for good measure.

Josh and Renai Lambert (Patrick Wilson and Rose Byrne) have three kids, two young boys and a baby girl. Soon after moving into a new house, weird stuff starts happening: strange noises, glimpses of figures, the usual. When Rose is attacked by a spectral figure and their son, Dalton, ends up in a coma-that's-not-really-a-coma, they decide to move house again.

Obviously this doesn't help and Josh's mum (Barbara Hershey) calls in a psychic, Elise, and her team to help. Turns out it's not the houses that were haunted, but Dalton. You see, the young scamp can astral project himself to a place Elise calls The Further. Unfortunately, he's strayed too far and got lost, unable to find his way back to his body, which is now an empty vessel attracting spirits and demons like flies around... you know.

Luckily, the ability to project astrally is genetic (hard science!), so Josh has to go in and bring back his son before the big bad can get his literal claws into him.

Doesn't sound too scary, does it? Actually sounds a bit like a rip-off of Poltergeist. Yeah, well, it is a bit. But it's a flippin' scary one!

From the outset, you are peering into dark corners, wondering if you saw something there. Was that a face at the window? Did somebody walk by that open door just then? There's plenty of that and all's well and good while that's going on. It's when the astral projection sub-plot arrives that things go a bit awry.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Persona Synthetic TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 3 Sept. 2014
Format: DVD
How the makers of 'Poltergeist' haven't sued the makers of 'Insidious' is a mystery nearly as big as why James Wan is entrusted with directing them. This is ridiculously similar with the exception perhaps of the best element of the former, the Indian burial ground backdrop, omitted with instead a much lamer 'astral projection' novelty insertion instead.
It's not at all scary though that is very subjective as I find very few things scary these days; there is some success with creating mood and characterisation but it has all been seen and done before much better.
If you've seen Poltergeist then you've seen all the elements here done much better, if you haven't seen it then go and see it instead of this. I think these sort of films are for people born in the 1980's onwards, just a rehash of ideas and themes for people who haven't had the benefit of existing when some modicum of originality existed.
The first half of the film was done okay it just lurched towards daftness for the last third or so. Hated that really naff phrase 'the further' to describe the spooky ghost parallel universe world type thing where some guy in a homemade halloween outfit grinds his nails.
The extras mainly seemed to consist of Wan expressing how innovative Insidious is due to its Out of the body experience element without having the artistic integrity to at least quote Poltergeist as an inspiration for the rest of it. Performances were fine, mostly. Some creepyness sure but very average all round.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By rbmusicman TOP 50 REVIEWER on 12 Sept. 2014
Format: Blu-ray
Must admit i had read a mixed bag of reviews at the time of it's cinema release, therefore was unsure of what to expect.
However, i have to say this was one of the most chilling and tense films i've seen in recent years, it did run out of steam a little toward the end sadly, but, it's worth a watch at the very least.
The story tells of a family who's son had fallen, seemingly into a coma after the fall.
When unexplained things start to happen around the home along with images of persons not really there 'Renai' persuades her husband to move home, which they do, however the problems they experienced in the old house are still with them.
they call in a team that specialise in strange happenings, but the answers they are getting are not what they want to hear.
Somehow the problem is within their son who remains in a coma, they are being told he's not in a coma but in another world, alive, but his concious being is being threatened.......can they bring him back with help. ?
Maybe watching it early, if you are a little nervous, just so you can watch something after that's ''nice'' .....just to avoid ''nightmares''
This was a pretty decent watch, however the follow-up, for me, at least, fell well short of expectation.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Colonel Decker on 3 Nov. 2014
Format: DVD
Insidious may be a 15 certificate in the UK, but you can't help but remember that the film went through over in the US as a PG 13. Horror sometimes just isn't horror. Insidious is not original and there is no blood. There are a few very good jump out scenes and the first 30 minutes are quite superb. But soon after it all falls apart, and simply becomes uninteresting. The two bungling paranormal dudes, hoof around too much and take that element of horror out of the picture, hence the low certification rating. Still uneasy at times, but the real fault lies with our two main characters, Barabra Hershey and Patrick Wilson, there just too wooden. Lin Shaye, a horror veteran of sorts has the face for a good horror film, and she is very good. The film just lumbers on for about 20 minutes too long- redemmed somewhat by a good ending. But Insidious wants to make us jump every five minutes, and most of those scenes go down like a lead balloon. Certaintly not a bad film, but nothing special.
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