When her son Dalton (Ty Simpkins) goes into a mysterious coma and scary phenomena start happening in their new house, Renai (Rose Byrne) believes that she is faced with a case of haunted house. Terrified, she convinces her husband Josh (Patrick Wilson) to move out. However, much to her surprise, the horror continues. And once Josh’s mother (Barbara Hershey) gets involved, they discover that the culprit is not the house but Dalton’s body, which has become a magnet for malevolent entities, while his consciousness lies trapped in a place called ‘The Further’.
When I thought I had seen every horror movie dealing with a case of ‘angry-ghosts-galore’, “Insidious” took me by surprise. The movie borrows ideas and music from the best classics of the genre — “The Amityville Horrors,” “Poltergeist,” “The Ring,” “A Nightmare on Elm Street” and “The Shining” — and is an obvious cousin of “Paranormal Activity” (both come from the same makers). However, the storyline is solid and keeps you interested until the end with its jump-in-your-seat-and-scream elements and sporadic humor.
Cendrine Marrouat is a freelance writer/reviewer, blogger, published author and translator living in Canada. Official Website: http://www.cendrinemarrouat.com
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