Insidious (2010)

Insidious is the newest film by James Wan, written by Leigh Whannell and starring Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Barbara Hershey, Ty Simpkins, Leigh Whannell, Angus Sampson and Lin Shaye.

Josh (Patrick Wilson) and Renai (Rose Byrne) just moved into a new house with their three kids. Their lives are quite normal, their marriage not perfect but mostly well. But then Renai starts to hear and see weird things in the house. After that their son Dalton (Ty Simpkins) falls into a coma – one day he just doesn’t wake up anymore, for no apparent reason. And that’s when the bad things really start to happen.

I’ve heard good things in advance about Insidious and I was hoping that the film lived up to his hype – much too often I’m disappointed by horror movies. I enjoy them but I’m just not that easily scared. But holy freaking mother of crap. Insidious went straight into my top 3 scariest movies ever. My heart still beats a bit faster when I think about it.

Many movies adhere to the belief that you better not show the creepy things because you can never match the people’s imagination anyway. Well. Those films don’t work that well for me because my visual imagination just isn’t that strong. [Maybe that’s why I like movies that much.] Insidious strikes the perfect balance. You always know that you’ve seen something and you mostly know what you’ve seen (and those are creepy things), but they are still only glimpses so you keep chewing over what you’ve seen and then the next thing already happens and oh boy…

Seriously, about 5 minutes in I got goosebumps and they wouldn’t go down until about 15 minutes after the film. That doesn’t happen to me. Ever. And I enjoyed every minute of it.

I was a little surprised that James Wan and Leigh Whannell would hit my nerves as  much as they did with that film. Saw never overcame lukewarm for me [I did enjoy the premise, but they couldn’t hold the tension] and I didn’t even watch the sequels or anything else they did. And I can’t really credit them with all of the scariness of this film: A good part of what made this film so scary was the sound editing, but at the same time the sound editing was also one of its biggest weaknesses. Sometimes it just got a little too much, a little over the top, a little too loud and in those moments it slightly jolted you out of the film again.

The ending felt a bit cheap, though. But they can have all the cheap endings they want as long as they give me 90 minutes of fear, Patrick Wilson looking good and a bit of humor. That’s a damn good trade in my book.

Summarising: If you want to be really scared, go check out this film.

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