Brilliant, Grinch. I really enjoyed Insidious and though not possessing much originality, it certainly proves that modern horror can still terrify and entertain. The first comparisons I drew were with Poltergeist. It does the family thing well with Rose Byrne and Patrick Wilson really proving their ability ( I disliked him in Watchmen). The demon is an effectively sinister beastie and the bumps in the night are ridiculously tense.
One issue I have are the inevitable comparisons to Paranormal Activity. That film was pants. Insidious isn't. While watching, I was kind of reminded of the BBCs mockumentary, Ghostwatch from 20 odd years ago (the one where Parky gets possessed at the end).
I think James Wan and Leigh Whannel are gradually getting closer to creating a truly great horror film. Dead Silence, as rubbish as it was was occasionally bloody scary and was admittedly really atmospheric. Insidious outshines that movie vastly in all aspects. I'll be watching to see what the Saw guys do next. 4/5.
Last edited by Jeffbiscuits; 14-05-2011 at 05:11 PM.