Movie Review: Insidious

I watched Insidious after having heard about it online. This movie is not for the faint of heart, and it's not for people who don't like being scared.

This movie was written by Leigh Whannel and directed by James Wan who, if you recall, were the same magnificent duo that wrote and directed the original Saw movie. The first one. The good one.

Insidious is about a family that moves into a new house. It's a very real environment, and draws you in, and weird things start happening right away. These things are all in the 'minor poltergeist activity' category at first. Books falling off shelves, doors opening. The action ramps up after the oldest son falls into a coma.

The movie plays a game of steady escalation, where you go from seeing things out of the corner of your eyes to jumping when something runs right in front of you. It does make use of jump scares, which I know annoy some people, but they are never the cheap kind of jump scares- the friend jumping out to scare people. You'll feel the jump scare coming and still jump when something happens- I'm not a noisy movie watcher but I screamed a little a couple of times. There are ghosts, a demon, a medium (and a really creepy scene with the medium in a gas mask), and some really heavy moments just full of dread.

Insidious was, for me, like riding a roller coaster of scares. I was frightened and wanted to stack up in line to do it again.

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