86 / 365 – ‘Insidious’ – 103 mins
Cinema Challenge #36 / 115
Josh (Patrick Wilson) and Renai (Rose Byrne) are excited about moving into a lovely old house with their children. But when an accident leaves their son Dalton (Ty Simpkins) in an inexplicable coma-like state, their grief turns to fear as they begin to suspect that otherworldly forces are at work. After trying a series of solutions, from the mundane to the supernatural, they even move house. But when the malevolent spirits follow them to their new home, a terrible truth is forced upon them. It’s not their house that is haunted. It’s their comatose son. With his body playing host to seemingly evil forces, Josh and Renai must think the unthinkable if they are to save their little boy from a fate worse than death.
Another year and yet again we have another horror film claiming to be terrifyingly scary, except someone clearly forgot to tell its makers from ‘Paranormal Activity’ and ‘Saw’ (James Wan) what that all important number one rule for a horror flick is, project a scare factor – as at times this evokes fits of laughter more than screams.
Amidst its stunning visuals, Insidious does create a certain eerie atmosphere, as Josh travels into the ‘further’ to rescue his haunted son, where its demons range from kind of dumb looking to absolutely disturbing, check the dolls scene and then there’s chief monster, Darth Maul. Insidious is an old-fashioned haunted house story that had good intentions, but is severely lacking in its payoff to sustain any real terror.