Saturday, April 2, 2011

Insidious - Movie Review


Starring Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Lin Shaye, Barbara Hershey, Ty Simkins and Leigh Whannell.
Directed by James Wan.

The writer and director of the original Saw have come together for a different type of horror movie, one co-produced by Oren Peli (Paranormal Activity) and demonstrated that less can be more. What we have then is an old-fashioned haunted house movie that is more concerned with spooks than severed limbs.

The first hour or so of this movie is great. It has all the familiar trappings (creaking stairs, objects moving mysteriously) and the trappings work when done well. In a nod to Poltergeist, we eventually have a paranormal expert (Lin Shaye) show up to exorcise the dark beings surrounding this family. As the movie explains more and more what's going on, I grew less interested, and yet there was something trippy-wonderful about the way it turned "Tiptoe Through the Tulips" into a haunting tune.

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