Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Insidious - 2010

Horror movies haven't been this fun in a very long time. Director of Saw, James Wan and Leigh Whannell have left the torture scene behind, though they really didn't revel in it, if you think about it , to deliver Insidious, the most delightful celluloid dark ride of this or any other year. Rediscovering the basic joys in shocks and suspense, the duo don't so much reinvent the haunted house film as revive its rollercoaster thrills. By using a simple setup and a various payoffs, the movie plays as a joke-a-minute parody where dread and terror takes the place of punchlines, the audience screaming instead of laughing in devious delight.

After teacher Josh (Patrick Wilson) and his wife Renai (Rose Byrne) discover old family roots, and move into a new house, everything seems fine . Within the first couple of days, however, oldest child Dalton (Ty Simpkins) suffers a simple fall and suddenly falls into a coma. Months pass and the doctors have no answers. While caring for her son, Renai is convinced that an evil presence is trying to take him from her. Hoping to confirm (or cancel out) such supernatural ideas, Josh's mother (Barbara Hershey) asks a psychic friend (Lin Shaye) to look in on the brood. Without warning, the medium makes a shocking discovery. Dalton is being attacked by spirits from "The Further", a parallel plane of tortured souls -- and one particularly malevolent demon. If they can't find a way to save their son, he will be lost forever.

Rating: 7,5/10

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