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Insidious (2010)

PG-13 | | Horror, Mystery, Thriller | 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.

Director:

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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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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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Thirty-three violins were used for the theme music. See more »

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(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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cheap thrills
6 July 2011 | by wuselSee all my reviews

Insidious is a typical b-product from the scary movie genre. Its story is a collection of clichés from the Japanese horror wave of the past decade and the American remakes thereof. Haunted house et cetera.

It is a sure sign of poor writing skills when a movie has characters sitting around explaining the plot for minutes on end, and this movie has a lot of that. An awful lot. This is exacerbated by the fact that the audience arrives at every major conclusion about 30 minutes before the characters do, and the predictability of the plot should even make the end quite unsurprising for the average viewer.

The dismal and dreary visual style is actually not a bad choice for the subject and some of the photography was quite agreeable, but the editing and overall feel of it seemed a bit much like a television production. The acting was below average and the two geeks were nice distraction though they were clearly under-used.

Due to the total lack of atmosphere, Insidious relies heavily on the over-use of cheap thrills like creaking doors, creepy or sudden music or noises and suddenly appearing ghosts and demons. Just like the haunted house at the local funfair. Yes, it will scare you for a moment, but you will call it a rip-off at the exit nonetheless. Some scenes that were clearly meant to provide suspense were even involuntary funny and laughed at by the audience.

The only thing that really scared me is that so many users proved to have obviously never seen a really good movie by rating this stinker at an insane 7.0 and nearly half a million people like it on facebook. I personally rate this movie a miserable failure.


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