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Insidious (2010)

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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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James Wan

Writer:

Leigh Whannell
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Patrick Wilson ... Josh Lambert
Rose Byrne ... Renai Lambert
Ty Simpkins ... Dalton Lambert
Lin Shaye ... Elise Rainier
Leigh Whannell ... Specs
Angus Sampson ... Tucker
Barbara Hershey ... Lorraine Lambert
Andrew Astor ... Foster Lambert
Corbett Tuck ... Nurse Adele / Doll Girl #2
Heather Tocquigny Heather Tocquigny ... Nurse Kelly
Ruben Pla ... Dr. Sercarz
John Henry Binder ... Father Martin
Joseph Bishara ... Lipstick-Face Demon
Philip Friedman ... Old Woman
J. LaRose ... Long Haired Fiend
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Storyline

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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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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USA | Canada | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 April 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Astral See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,271,464, 3 April 2011, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$54,009,150, 8 September 2011

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$97,009,150, 8 September 2011
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2.35 : 1
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Barbara Hershey's name would later be mentioned in the future movie Spy 5 years later (the film which also starts Rose Byrne. See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 22 mins) When Josh Lambert is walking towards the red door, up in the attic in the dream world (spirit realm), a dimly lit man can be seen moving about and pumping fog out of a fog machine in the bottom left side of the screen. See more »

Quotes

[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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Better than "Paranormal Activity" and "Saw" combined
1 April 2011 | by MovieProductionsSee all my reviews

*** out of (****)

Judging by the anticlimactic advertisements you'd think, just why? There's an evil child film almost every year, and what separates one from the rest? You have every right to think so, but not with "Insidious". Trust me when I say it. "Insidious" is an entirely different beast. One that actually resonates with scares and intrigue. One that relies on character development, and a script to hold it together. This isn't a one trick pony, it's a well made film with some solid production values thrown in as a bonus. If you don't have a film to see this weekend, make sure you make it this one.

"Insidious" revolves around the perfect couple. Beautiful kids. A new home. It's all smooth sailing until Dalton is in a supposed "coma", but the actual reality is that he's haunted. What will Dalton's family do to stop this entity?

First of all, many complain that the second act bogs down the film and is inferior to its first half. I wholeheartedly disagree. I think as a whole the film is just fine. Yes, there's a drastic tonal shift mid-way, but that doesn't detract from the experience. The first half plays a typical haunted house flick, except it's actually scary, and the suspense is well built. Then the second half is like a cross between "Poltergeist", "House of Wax", and a little of "Beetlejuice" sprinkled in for good measure.

Furthermore, the performances while nothing to write home about, are pretty decent to say the least. The two leading protagonists do their job and Dalton is pretty solid given what he had to work with. Moreover, the script is very inventive, and has multiple twists and turns. Yes, this isn't the most unique screenplay, but it still stands on its own, and is actually quite effective.

To top it off, the production is just very beautiful. This movie is very easy on the eyes when it comes to cinematography and location. Now the question everyone is dying to hear. Is it scary? I'd say yes, but don't get too carried away. If you walk in thinking your going to have nightmares, or if you're going to see Rosie O' Donnell, chances are you'll be a little disappointed. However, if you're going in expecting a creepy thriller that just happens to have a few intense moments, you'll be in for a fun night out. Also, I love the nostalgic factor this movie has. It feels as though it was made in the 80's. Old school horror strikes back!

With a restraint heavy PG-13 rating, and a middle-of-the-road concept, "Insidious" isn't looking too pretty. However, looks can be deceiving. This is one movie that doesn't mess around, and doesn't play it safe either. I can easily say I will be revisiting this film from time to time just because it's so fun. You'll laugh, you'll jump, you'll be entertained. This is what a fun night out should be like. Get your large popcorn and soda, and sit along with the crowd. Be prepared for a good time.


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