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Insidious (I) (2010)

PG-13  |   |  Drama, Horror, Mystery  |  1 April 2011 (USA)
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A family looks to prevent evil spirits from trapping their comatose child in a realm called The Further.



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A gripping story of a family in search of help for their son, Dalton, who fell into a coma after a mysterious incident in the attic. Little do they know that there is much more to this endless sleep than meets the eye as they explore the paranormal, and rediscover the past; the key to getting their son back once and for all. Written by David Murray Arthur

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boy | house | baby | coma | demon | See All (107) »


We need to save Dalton . . . Now! See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic material, violence, terror and frightening images, and brief strong language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

1 April 2011 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Astral  »

Box Office


$1,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$13,271,464 (USA) (1 April 2011)


$53,991,137 (USA) (26 August 2011)

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2.35 : 1
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For 2015 there will be an Insidious themed maze at Universal Studios Orlando for the annual event Halloween Horror Nights. The maze will be based on all 3 Insidious films. See more »


When Elise first sees the demon, she describes him to Specs as having eyes that are "like two black holes," and has him draw a picture as such. Also, Dalton's picture of the demon is that of a red face and two completely dark spots for eyes. However, when the demon appears in person, his eyes have extremely constricted pupils, and at other times the eyes of a cat. See more »


[first lines]
Dalton Lambert: Mom?
Renai Lambert: Hey, sweetie. What are you doing up? Come here.
Dalton Lambert: I don't like my room.
Renai Lambert: No? That's okay. You know, you're still getting used to it. I can't sleep either.
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Best Scary Movies I've Seen In A While
31 March 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I went to an early screening of the movie last night and I'm not exaggerating when I say that I felt like a little child watching The Exorcist for the first time. James Wan did a very impressive for only an $800,000 budget for this movie. If you're going in the theatre expecting to see the typical, run of the mill, haunted house flick you will be sadly mistaken and surprisingly pleased at the same time.

The parts that I liked most about the film is the detailing. Everything in the movie means something no matter how small and I love that when the suspense builds up for the audience to be scared, you won't be disappointed to find its just the dog or the tree brushing against the window....it will definitely be something to be scared of. The people sitting beside me kept laughing at me because whenever the suspense would build I would say to myself "uh uh....uh uh".

But enough of my rambling, the plot was definitely original and James Wan and Leigh Schanell definitely succeeded in bringing the audience something scary, suspenseful, funny, emotional, and frightening all at the same time. The score is amazing. The use of all sound design was great specially since they weren't any fake screams. LOL. The best acting performance, hands down, was Lin Shaye. She did an amazing job with her role. I can't say anymore without spoiling the movie. All I can say is, if you LOVE a good scary movie then you must see this movie.

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