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
At this point all ghost story-ish movies like this which have scenes where the poltergeists move stuff in the house around, which then startles the parents who then falsely blame the kids; all movie scenes like this are cliches. Poltergeist, Paranormal Activity, The Exorcist, The Shining, the Amityville Horror, Something Evil and the Shining all had similar scenes. See more »
(at around 14 mins) At the beginning when Dalton falls, after trying to turn the light on, Josh runs up to go see if he is okay. When Josh is sitting on the couch playing with his newborn his shirt is untucked, unbuttoned, and he has no tie on. When Josh reaches Dalton to pick him up, his shirt is tucked, buttoned, and has a tie on. See more »
I was pleasantly surprised with the direction of this film. It differed slightly from what I was expecting when watching the trailer with me thinking along the lines of a demon possesses the son and it would go down an exorcism path. While there was a fleeting moment in the film however that wasn't the case in the overall story here.
Patrick Wilson and Lin Shaye are the ones to watch but it was the M rating that intrigued me in the first place as I had read so many positive reviews about how well the film was executed with plenty of genuine horror moments.
Unfortunately it didn't quite reach the level and hype I hoped it would. It was in a lot of ways different in what you would normally expect from a standard possession film which made it all the more pleasingly fresh and I quite liked the astral projection concept.
The film is really well paced which gives you honest jump scares and only brief moments to calm down before the next paranormal occurrence keeping you keenly focused on the story and regularly on edge.
For the first two thirds of the film the Lambert family moves out of their current residence thinking the paranormal hauntings are linked to their new home. Unfortunately they soon realise that it is in fact their son who is haunted and who takes an entity with him.
James Wan does a brilliant job of creating an entertaining story and branches it into three concepts Haunting, Possession and Astral Projection without the need of resorting to cheap scares, heavy violence and a high body count.
Some moments in the film feel new and are greatly executed such as the gas mask in the seance scene. Another moment is the smiling family scene which feels like memories and souls of real people trapped in another time.
The red faced man could have been the next Horror icon with it's slick movements and Freddy Krueger like claws, the real let down here is when the creature scales the walls with rapid pace chasing the boy and you do notice blatantly obvious CGI which takes away most of the fear and realism and just makes you feel far less terrified of the demon.
But overall this does make me interested to want to watch the remainder of the Insidious films and see where the story takes us and for that it was a success.
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