INSIDIOUS

BY CHRISTOPHER HASKELL
SEPTEMBER 15, 2013

In a throwback to old horror, “Insidious” dodges the cheap thrills of modern horror and delves into what disturbs audiences. Quick camera cuts, well constructed audio designs, and a chilling story are enough to cause constant spooks throughout the film. The last portion of the film, set in “another world,” I could have done without, but I appreciate the attempt at something untouched in cinema (something unique). It is not every day a film can be as groundbreaking as “Poltergeist” and “The Exorcist” and back it up. “Insidious” is light-years ahead of most modern-day horror, and it is no surprise coming from the director of the first “Saw” film.

RELEASE DATE
April 1, 2011

DIRECTOR
James Wan

WRITTEN BY
Leigh Whannell

STUDIO
FilmDistrict

PG-13
(for thematic material, violence, terror and frightening images, and brief strong language)

HORROR
MYSTERY
THRILLER

103 minutes

CINEMATOGRAPHER
John R. Leonetti
David M. Brewer

COMPOSER
Joseph Bishara

EDITOR
James Wan
Kirk Morri

CAST
Patrick Wilson
Rose Byrne
Ty Simpkins
Lin Shaye
Leigh Whannell
Angus Sampson
Barbara Hershey

PRODUCED BY
Jason Blum
Steven Schneider
Oren Peli

BUDGET
$1.5 million

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