I finally caught this refreshingly subtle, low-gore (not sure it has any, despite the "from the makers of Paranormal Activity and Saw" tagline) low-budget ($1.5M) horror film yesterday.http://www.insidious-movie.com/
Although it's not playing many places now (it opened April 1), it has quietly chugged to a $46M+ box office.'Insidious' Lingers Longer Than Expectedhttp://www.boxofficemojo.com/news/?id=3148&p=.htm
It has imho a fine cast for such a low budget, including Barbara Hershey and Rose Byrne (from FX's damages). You might recognize Patrick Wilson from Watchmen, or the Samuel Jackson thriller Lakeview Terrace (2008, and getting some TV play on cable).
I think it's a bit unfortunate that the posters make it seem like some sort of Omen-like "possessed maniac child" movie, and it's nothing like that at all.
Technically it's really from the team on the first Saw (director James Wan and writer Leigh Whannell), but it's completely different in feel. Well, OK,...
Whannell (you might remember him as the dope at the end of Saw, chained to a pipe) insists on acting again -- I think he's a lot better (less bad?
) in this than he was in Saw, fwiw. The Paranormal Activity angle is producer Jason Blum.
With maybe one or two wee exceptions late in the movie, it's really more about mood, shadows, lighting and overall creepiness than gore or torture. And I literally did jump out of my seat twice, sending some of my popcorn flying.
Some reviewers complained the first 2/3 of the movie is more Paranormal Activity, the last third too much like Saw. I steeled myself for that but I didn't think the last part of the movie veered *that* far away from the early parts. Perhaps it does "try a little too hard" late in the movie, instead of reveling in restraint.
The ending? Well, I think...
Spoiler for Hiden:
imho, it's just too "in your face" that Patrick Wilson's character is finally "replaced" by this lady demon whatever. I think it might've been creepier if the elderly woman member of the "ghostbusters team" (I don't know what to call them
) took Wilson's character's picture and didn't notice anything initially. And then maybe as she leaves the house, she looks at it again, notices the lady-demon in the image, turns around, and the door slams shut. Then you let the audience's imagination run wild about what happens to the family inside the house.