|Formats:||15 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Barbara Hershey, Angus Sampson, Ty Simpkins|
|Collections:||Most Popular, Popular Horror, September - Thriller/Action|
|Run time:||1 hour 42 minutes|
|Rental release:||12 Sep 2011|
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Huge disappointment!By helentom (2 reviews) , 11 Jun 2011
[Highly rated reviewer]My husband and I hadn't been so excited about seeing a film in years, as we had heard such great things about it from friends and critics.
It started promisingly, and there were some genuinely jumpy moments, but it quickly descended into a farcical, absurd joke of a film!
I tried to stay with it, and let a few silly moments go (such as the little ghost boy jiving and jumping out of the cupboard giggling), but the scene involving a psychic wearing a WWII-esque gas mask and the photos of the old lady getting closer, and closer.... hysterical! My husband actually had to walk out the back to collect himself as we were shaking with laughter.
Don't get me wrong, I genuinely wanted to be scared, and actually scare very easily! However, the art of subtlety was completely lost, and the ghostly characters were outrageously silly and badly styled. I'm sure I spotted Darth Maul and the whole cast of the Michael Jackson Thriller video in the final scenes!
Would only recommend for comedy entertainment purposes.
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Unfortunately Disappointing!!By laneyb (312 reviews) from Rochester, Kent , 05 Oct 2013I enjoyed the first half of this film but felt come the second half it started to get rather silly, so was disappointed by that.
Dazed and Confuzed!By AndersonCouncil (5 reviews) , 03 Oct 2013
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS Show review anywayHideThis film is a first for me as it left me feeling both exhilirated and disappointed at the same time, hence why I've only given it a good rating rather than a very good. The first half of the film is brilliant with plenty of jumps and unusually for this genre no false scares (a noise that turns out to be a cat that jumps out at the last second). The score is fantastic and the film would be nothing without it. Then we get into the second half of the film and this is where it gets dodgy. The main actors seem to lose the ability to act and the actors playing the new characters we're introduced to are so soooooo bad that even if the film continued to provide the scares you'd never buy them. It's such a shame as this promised to be a great movie, but the second half just lets it down. Strangely I would still recommend watching as I'm glad I did. The sequel has now been released at cinemas and and I will be seeing that too. On the whole though, I preferred Sinister which I think is a far superior film in it's entirity.
Whatever happened to horror movies?By AxeVictim (23 reviews) , 27 Sep 2013As someone who has a love of the 'horror movie genre' I looked forward to seeing Insidious. The movie Insidious 2 was currently showing at the movies and I was intending to go and see it today (just back). Hence the reason that I rented the first film....anyhoo it wasn't the worst film I had seen, but it was far from the best (that would be the Shining or the The Wolfman 1941 with Lon...but hey.. that's a personal thing). Glad I watched Insidious as it gave the movie I saw today more meaning. As for scares, or jumps, these are sparse in Insidious. No real depths to the characters, but the acting was quite good. Felt the director could really have made something of this film if he had only stopped and thought about it rather than using the same tired formula. Still it is worth a look, what have you got to lose?
Great first half, absurd second halfBy JafarIqbal (94 reviews) from London , 13 Sep 2013A family is seemingly haunted by spirits from another dimension, which leads to their young son going into a coma. The longer the boy remains comatose, the worse the haunting gets. A medium is brought to solve the issue, who discovers that the boys spirit is trapped in another dimension known as The Further. I havent watched very many horror movies at the cinema; mainly because there arent many top quality horrors out there now. But the pull of a double-bill, and the fact that this is made by the creator of the Saw franchise, dragged me here for this. And for about half of Insidious, I was pleased I made the decision to go. The first half of the movie is terrific. The characters and the haunted house is all set-up nicely. You have accomplished actors in Rose Byrne (as Renai) and Patrick Wilson (as Josh) at the helm, and pretty good child actors. Like all good horror movies, the chill factor is amped up. Creaking staircases, dark doorways, scary apparitions its all here, and its all very good. Ill be honest, I was a little scared. Theres something quite unnerving about watching a horror movie in a dark cinema, it certainly adds to the ambience. The second half, though, is ridiculous. As we start to understand what is going on, and what these apparitions are, the film starts to descend into absurdity. The monsters arent really that terrifying once we see them properly, and the story becomes far too mental for my liking. The best bit about the second half is the introduction of medium Elise (Lin Shaye), who is a breath of fresh air. Similarly, the characters Specs (Leigh Whannell, also the writer) and Tucker (Angus Sampson) bring some much-needed comedy to the proceedings. These three characters keep the film watchable, but doesnt stop it getting ridiculous. Insidious is definitely a game of two halves the setup is nice, the payoff not so much. However, there arent that many great American horror movies out there. So if were using its peers as a comparison, then the film is definitely one of the stronger offerings out there. If youre able to tolerate the absurdity of the second half, then I think youd enjoy the terror of the first.
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If it's not your type of film then why are you watching it?By a customer , 07 Sep 2013
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS Show review anywayHideThis film made you jump from the beginning opening scenes and menacing music which I like. It was slow paced but kept up the interest with supernatural storyline and good acting. Of course the pessimists will criticise but it's a good horror film and I can't wait to see the sequel.