Insidious movie review - Aussieboyreviews


This original and terrifying supernatural horror film directed by talented James Wan is absolutely insidious. Without any real violence or gore and with smart scares, Insidious is definitely way to scary and dark for kids.


Seeking a fresh start, a couple and their family move to a new house. However, when their son mysteriously falls into a coma, supernatural activities start occurring in the house.

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Movie details

Director: James Wan
Cast: Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Lin Shaye, Barbara Hershey, Ty Simpkins, Angus Sampson, Andrew Astor
Writer: Leigh Whannell
Release Date (Australia): 12 May 2011
Runtime: 102 minutes/1h 42m
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Language: English


Themes (M)

The film features moderate horror themes and supernatural themes, including multiple sequences that feature demonic possession, supernatural threat and depictions of demons. 

Violence (PG)

The film includes scenes of mild violence, including depictions of bodies with wounds after having implicitly being shot and a depiction of a possessed man strangling a woman.

Coarse Language (M)

The film includes infrequent verbal and written uses of the words “f**k”, “bitch”, “goddamn” and “whore”.

Drug Use (G)

The film contains a brief verbal reference to a drug.

mpaa rating

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

Aussie boy's thoughts

Insidious is insidiously terrifying. James Wan’s entire execution perfectly sums up to being a horror gem, simply by using effective jump-scares, bone-chilling soundtrack and genuine tension to terrify the viewers. And believe it or not, even without the typical horror movie gore, carnage and overused horror elements, it’s going to remain as one of the most admittedly terrifying horror films you’ll ever see and one that’ll keep you up at night.

Throughout the film, immensely underrated cast members Rose Byrne and Patrick Wilson deliver truthful performances for their appealing characters, being able to perfectly portray fearful body expressions and even times of real confusion. The entire cast is so persuasive, you can barely even notice it’s just acting and it feels like actual events unrolling in front of your eyes.

Thankfully, to avoid being unoriginal and being dumped on the list of typical horror movies with predictable storytelling, it’s not exactly the house in Insidious that’s haunted… Leigh Whannell is an undervalued screenwriter who pieced together all these brilliantly unique ideas, simply just to give this movie a hell of an unforeseeable spin. He wrote the movie very well, and just needed a reliable director to execute it properly, which was what happened.

Obviously, the most noticeable, memorable, significant, impressive and surprising thing about Insidious is its clear ability to terrify. It does so by using very nightmarishly cold and extremely unsettling imagery, definitely to give kids nightmares, but there’s also tension and completely unexpected frights accompanied by the most eerie and discomforting soundtrack that could ever be made for a horror film.

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