Trust the Insidious…
April 8, 2011 Leave a comment
Insidious, 2010 5 out of 5
Insidious starts of with a set of parents who moved into a new home, I know most of you are thinking “Hey, that’s every scary movie out there, whats so crazy about that!” and that is when this movie takes off in a whole new perspective. Yes, the family moves into a new home with their two older boys and their baby daughter, but it’s really not the house you focus on, but the family dynamic, and the fact that their son falls into a coma from what appears to be a bad fall, but it really isn’t. At the beginning of the movie, the family is strong, like most archetypes in these films and you see that dynamic waver and crush as the movie progresses and in one swooping moment the family is together again, no questions asked, as if the past several months never existed. Again, that is and is not present in this film.
To me, the writers of this film were trying to get rid of the archetypes that plague the horror genre for years now, and I’m not just talking about teenagers who have sex, I’m talking about the whole genre itself. Now where this movie really had me going was the fact that they used suspense to build upon the audience’s localized fear, and use the fact that the audience is in a dark room surrounded by people whom they do not know as that catalyst. The suspense in this film was amazing, at one point you’re staring [SPOILER ALERT] at a woman who is not moving, and the music is building with the great crescendo of strings and then BOOM, the woman blinks, startling everyone in the room, some girls scream and others start to laugh at the fact that they were startled by eye blinking[END SPOILER] and the feeling is that the whole world is falling apart. Not only that, but the director used the element of surprise in the film and for the most part, those are the moments that are ingrained in my mind as we speak, and what has prevented me from sleep for the past couple of days! Not only that, but the suspense building set my nerves on edge to the point that my true phobia of clowns came out and the clown marionettes in the movie set of a panic attack, because I had images of the clowns strangling the son out of life. Yes, it did that to me. Not only that, but my fear of the dark prevents me from even seeing certain scary movies in the dark, and like Paranormal Activity, Descent and Poltergeist I have to watch these films in full light or I’ll be a nervous wreck.
I won’t go into many of the sordid details but that for those who doubt this movie’s credence because of its PG-13 rating, you are sorely mistaken, a good horror film shouldn’t be about the gore and violence, but about suspense, hacking into that deep unreachable area of our mind where there is still that primal fear of the dark, of death, and of not knowing. SO yes, for a PG-13 film, this movie does not disappoint, and puts itself among the other great movies of that rating like Poltergeist.
The never-scares-easy boyfriend even was scared at the end of this film, and neither of us have had that effect since we watched Descent more because we both have a fear of confined spaces and we needed some “Room to breathe” so to speak, but Insidious doesn’t give you that break. The directors take art direction to a whole new platform with this movie, and in order to fully appreciate the direction of this film you have to be looking AWAY from the main action at hand and look at what is behind these people, the opening credits help prepare the audience with this idea, and for horror movie junkies, this is a “HEY LOOK BEHIND THE ACTORS” sign for the majority of the movie.
The story line does falter towards the end, and even before the end of the movie, the boyfriend and I had an idea on what would happen but again, it was foreseeable but the afterthought in it didn’t seem as likely. I can see why this movie may not be favored among horror enthusiasts, but I sure did love it, and so did the boyfriend when it came to this movie. I completely give it a great recommendation and a 5/5 rating for the movie.
One last thing, I will never hear “Tip-toe Through the Tulips” the same ever again!