6.81 h 42 min2011X-Ray16+
A family looks to prevent evil spirits from trapping their comatose child in a realm called The Further.
James Wan
Patrick WilsonRose ByrneTy Simpkins
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joel wingReviewed in the United States on February 23, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Another great horror film by James Wan
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James Wan has huge standing in the horror movie business. He co-created the Saw franchise and directed the Conjuring films. In between those he had another successful series with Insidious. The story is based upon Patrick Wilson and Rose Byrne playing a married couple whose son portrayed by Ty Simpkins falls into a coma which opens him up to possession by evil spirits.

What the movie does well is build up the story. The family moves into a new home and there’s just a little hint at first that’s something wrong. Then when the son is brought home still in his coma Byrne starts hearing and seeing things. Initially it’s a slow burn to build up the tension and fear factor and it works. It goes from that to some scary gotcha moments. It gets even better with some really haunting imagery when they venture into the spirit world. Overall it shows that Wan really knows his stuff with these types of films.
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Michael P. DeBuskReviewed in the United States on November 20, 2020
2.0 out of 5 stars
How did this aawful movie get so many good reviews?
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A terrible story badly told. I kept waiting for it to get better and it never did. Then I got to the end only to discover the whole thing was a setup for a second movie. I have no doubt the second will end the same way; after all, there's a third.

Everything about this movie-- the dialogue, the directing, the "BOO!!!" editing, the story line, even the props -- was bad. Except maybe for the acting. The actors did the best they could.

The only good thing I can say about "Insidious" is that it kept me from watching "Insidious 2" and "Insidious 3."

The opportunity cost of watching this movie is far too high. I could have watched almost anything else and felt better about it.
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Avid readerReviewed in the United States on November 24, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
"I'm scared of this house."
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Beware of things that go bump in the night. It is more suspenseful than scary, but weaves the story well for what it is trying to portray. If one does not buy into that, one will be less impressed with the movie. Early on, Dalton, their son goes into the attic, falls, and the next morning is in a coma. Except the doctors cannot understand precisely what or why he is like he is. Meanwhile, the wife sees things that terrifies her, so she wants to move to a different house, thinking the house may be haunted. Unfortunately, matters do not improve. Calling in some paranormal investigators, they state that Dalton is being possessed by demons. At about the half way point of the movie, things really escalate. And a terrific ending, which is obviously why there are sequels. I am not going to give any spoilers. It is quite entertaining for its genre.
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Stephanie RReviewed in the United States on July 17, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
and deaths which I love. However it has a continued edge of your ...
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As someone who looks for new stories in the suspense, edge of your seat type movies I was very impressed with Insidious. In some respects I did notice that there were a few similarities between this and original Poltergeist movies with the talented, late Heather O'Rourke. However there was so much of a difference as well that I will not say its a copy of the Poltergeist franchise, not even close. I adore the original Poltergeist Trilogy and I can tell that I will also adore the Insidious trilogy. Its not full of blood, guts, and deaths which I love. However it has a continued edge of your seat flare that you don't see much of anymore. If you're like me which is enjoying suspense movies and not blood and guts definitely give this a try. I can't wait until I can turn around and rent Insidious 2. Its exciting! I haven't felt excitement for suspense flicks in a long time. Its nice to feel that way again.
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L. MurrayReviewed in the United States on November 29, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Perfect horror
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"Insidious" is one of the best horror films ever made. If you're a fan of the original "Poltergeist," you will love all the references, some of which are flat-out inspired. Wan also manages to weave in every creepy thing that ever made a kid genuinely fear the dark--things that happen in the kinds of childhood nightmares that you never forget.

If you ever had a nightmare as a kid that scared you to the point of being afraid to move, this film will recall that feeling for you. If you didn't, you're missing out on half the fun.
J. WestReviewed in the United States on July 7, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
"It's Not The House That's Haunted, It's Your Son!"
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I do have the DVD of it but I love having it on Blu-Ray also. Put them together in a 2 disc blu-ray case including the digital also. Great role and performances by Lin Shaye, Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Leigh Whannell, Angus Sampson and Barbara Hershey. An excellent suspense and scary film. I jump more than a few times. This would be my favorite top horror film in the year 2010. The storyline would be very hard to come up with. James Wan is a talented director. And love the Tiny Tim song. This got stuck in my head. Love the movie. I recommend it to all horror fans.
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on June 22, 2016
2.0 out of 5 stars
Tired Tropes Executed with Mediocrity
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This film had been hyped up to me by a few friends who touted it as particularly good and scary.

I was, regrettably, able to guess what was happening as it happened for nearly the entire film. To be fair, I'm a filmmaker and horror aficionado, so maybe I just have an eye for guessing these things, but the ham-fisted "this is important" way they linger on clues and omens seemed way overdone to me. Took the potential scariness right out of there.

The production quality was mostly solid, with only one extra-campy CG effect that took me out of the film.
For my part, I felt there were two legitimately creepy moments without the minute of obvious lead-in prepping you to know something scary is about to happen. They were never addressed again, and I think they were wasted on this film.

Although this film is intended to be scary, it's probably best for an audience that prefers dramas, instead of horror films. If you have little or no history of watching horror films, perhaps the scares will get you. If you're an avid horror fan, you've seen it all before.
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B. DeVriesReviewed in the United States on May 12, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Scary with Comic Relief
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The Insidious movies are terrifying, creepy, jump out of your seat, make your skin crawl scary. The psychic and her side-kicks are just enough comic relief to make you not lose your mind. My teenage daughter is just getting into the scary movies, so these were some great ones to watch together. I know there is a specific order to watch them, but we watched them out of order and everything still made sense. Definitely watch #1 before you watch #2, but otherwise it doesn't really matter.
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