Review: INSIDIOUS (2010)

Review: INSIDIOUS (2010)

INSIDIOUS

After a long series of mediocre horror movies, INSIDIOUS has every right to call itself one of the genre highlights within the past 15 years. It´s a mix between a classic ghosthouse movie and THE EXORCIST and manages to entertain by bringing in some fresh dialogues and a decent script. Director James Wan, who is responsible for some more horror classics like SAW is absolutely talented and manages to pull off a rock solid Direction.
INSIDIOUS is genuinely scary and I honestly had a kinda rough sleep this night, because some of the scenes are really nerve wrecking. I don´t want to go too much into detail, but the scenes with the “old lady” are absolutely creepy and apart from that weird demon in MARTYRS, there are very few movie characters that were similarly frightening.
One of the strengths of the movie is the fresh script, which intentionally tries to avoid the typical horror movie clichés that the viewers are getting more and more sick of. The Plot is about a married couple with children who move into a new house and are followed by a scary demon who takes possession of their son. In a way, it can be seen as a POLTERGEIST Rip-off; but a good one with characters that are about half as dumb as in other movies.
The really low budget of 1.5 million dollars should bring tears into the eyes of other film producers who oftenly spend a lot more money to create films that are not nearly half as good as this one.
Though I am some totally masculine alpha dog tough guy leather-jacket wearing SOB, I am not afraid to say that this is one of the scariest movies I´ve ever seen and was genuinely creeped out by it. I would say the general recipe for INSIDIOUS`s Success is absolutely simple and without any fancy plot moves. However, the movie is full of well crafted scenes and properly timed scares, that you just can´t help but liking it. Shame on me for not seeing it earlier because the title kinda turned me off; but luckily not for long.
Compared to Wan´s earlier work SAW, there is very little Gore to be seen on screen, but that is not a problem here because most of INSIDIOUS´s horror happens in your head. Similar to A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET, it screws with the fear of falling asleep, which is one of the most uncomfortable fears of all. The acting is absolutely decent and I am already looking forward to see the second part!
The cinematography was great and I don´t mean “great for a horror movie”-great but really great! Some of the scary scenes were just beautifully filmed and make the difference between a classic and a decent movie that you forget after a couple of years. Though I don´t think that INSIDIOUS is a classic in the sense of HALLOWEEN and A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET, it is certainly a very welcome change in a time full of mediocre horror flicks that are thrown at us via direct to video and will hopefully still be remembered in 25 years.

And though there is honestly nothing that I hate more than PG-13 horror and action movies, INSIDIOUS gives a perfect example that it is theoretically possible to make a scary movie with a PG-13 rating. Overall, I feel like this is one of the best PG-13 Movies that I´ve ever seen. Respect! And I really mean that!