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

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$1,500,000 (estimated)

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

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$53,991,137 (USA) (26 August 2011)
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(at around 1h 12 mins) Josh looks through several pictures of his younger self when he finds out that he can astral project. In one of them, he can be seen carrying a dog, which belongs to director James Wan. See more »

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(at around 52 mins) The first time Elise and her crew enter Dalton's room, the light switch just inside the door is a regular Decora® on/off switch. When they later set up to try to communicate with Dalton in his room (at around 1h 1 min), the light switch has changed to a circular dimmer switch, presumably to serve Elise's line to dim the lights. See more »

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I will have trouble sleeping tonight....
3 April 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Of all the genre's that Hollywood has to offer, the most tattered of the bunch is without a doubt the horror department. I am so sick of these wannabe 'so called' horror flicks that belong on late night lifetime channel. Im sick of the same old parlor tricks and scare tactics that have been used for the past 10 years. And i am even more sickened by the fact that they keep making the same crap year after year. You would figure after great horror flicks like "The Decent" and "Paranormal Activity", studios would start realizing what actually works and what audiences want to see. Hopefully in the coming years, this genre' will come back to life.

When it comes to horror movies, i think the two most crucial elements are the cinematography, and the musical score. Actually, i prefer there to be no music at all. Almost all the great horror movies never use it, because they rely on scaring the audience with disturbing images, not raised music that makes everyone jump. If i want that, I'll go to a haunted house. When i go to see a horror flick, i want it to leave a lasting impression. However, movies like this are the one exception.

This film had such amazing cinematography, that i didn't even care about those 'raised music' sequences. I rarely get creeped out at the theater, and this movie scared the crap out of me. I'm talking' sweaty palms, eyes wide open, my body sunk all the way down in my chair scared. And for those of you who have read my reviews in the past, i hardly ever say that about a horror flick. And what really sold it was the cinematography. This film is packed with tons of really creepy and disturbing images. So much in fact, that you will hate walking into your dark house alone. Yes, they do use the same scare tactics, but since everything in the movie looked so damn creepy and demented, i for once didn't want the lead female to hurry up and open the basement door and get it over with.

The storyline is pretty decent. It's not an amazing concept or genuinely creepy on it's own. But it does a decent enough of a job to keep your interest and sell what your seeing unfold on screen. And it's safe to say that this is a very different take on your typical haunted house.

Bottom Line......holy crap, i just realized that this movie is only PG-13. Is it possible for a movie to be scary as hell and only be rated PG-13? The answer is yes, and this is a prime example of that. You know when a horror movie has done it's job? It's when it scares you both in the theater, and hours later when you try to sleep at night. Tonight, i will have lots of trouble sleeping. I can easily say that this will probably be the best horror movie of the year.


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