Insidious, scarier than paranormal activity?
With the same director, and the same concept of Paranormal Activity, one would think Insidious would just be the same movie. But whoever would make such an assumption would be wrong once they watch this thrilling nail-bitter of a movie from start to finish. Director James Wan (Saw, Dead Silence) created a movie with the same idea of demons and a possessed soul, but instead of using sounds to build up the tension, the director uses distinct camera angles and shadows as his weapons of suspense. There wasn't a lot of music leading to the buildup making it even more petrifying and tense for the audience.
Insidiouswas filmed in Los Angeles during the early part of 2010 on a budget of just under a million. Nonetheless, Insidious received a cool $13.5 million over the weekend surpassing its expectations as this low-budget movie turned out to be of high quality.
Critics have called Insidious the scariest movie since Poltergeist; they were right considering many people literally jumped out of their seats in the movie theatre.
With the shortage of creativeness and sound in horror movies these days, Insidious brings to the table a series of twists and turns, and countless frights that haven't hit movie screens in a while.
The movie is full of tension building moments wherein the audience tends to glue themselves to the screen, waiting anxiously for that demon or caped figure to pop up. The director however, catches the audience when they least expect it.
The characters bring grounded performances from beginning to end. Each actor plays a vital role, from the always nervous mother Renai (Rose Byrne), to the skeptical father Josh (Patrick Wilson), to the unconscious child that is Dalton (Ty Simpkins), and the ever so suspicious paranormal activity expert Elise (Lin Shaye); all bring a sense of fear that is rarely realized in horror movies these days.
Horror movie fans deserve and need this kind of movie. Insidious dishes out startling imagery and breath taking scares more than any other recent horror flick.
The blood and gore of horror movies today have been somewhat obsolete and overrated. The audience doesn't need guts flying all over the place in a movie to be considered scary. The directors and producers ofInsidious hope that their movie convinces audiences that a real horror movie doesn't need to be bloody for them to get scared.
Classic horror might not be back for good, but Insidious makes up for a lot of the recent failures.