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4.0 out of 5 stars Scariest movie I've seen in a long time - Very well done, May 12, 2011
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This review is from: Insidious (DVD)
I know I'll get butchered by some for the title, but the tension in this film was stupendous. At all the right times, in all the right places, the scares and thrills are there. Sure, it's a hodge-podge of Poltergeist, Exorcist and Paranormal Activity, but each aspect of those movies is accentuated to produce a genuinely frightening combination.

After a family of five moves into a new home, it takes little time to realize something is wrong. Items move, doors close. When one child falls into a coma and the mother hears what sounds like Vin Diesel growling in some Gaelic dialect over the baby monitor, it's time to move despite the fact the father is a disbeliever. Unlike the Jefferson's, moving on up doesn't work for this family and the frights return like ghost herpes.

While creative license was necessary to move the story along, the astral plane concept is not completely embraceable. Nonetheless, the rest of the movie hits on all cylinders. Visually there isn't a lot, but what is presented works very effectively. All the scare techniques (e.g. eerie noises, well chosen music accompaniment, quiet-to-loud shocks, quick reveal scares) are expertly crafted and executed. Epic timing on more than one occasion. None of the actors really stand out, and a few (a Ghostbusters reproduction) were somewhat silly, but Lin Shaye must be recognized for her interesting performance as a medium who ties the entire movie into a sleep-stealing knot.

Impressed from beginning to end by this movie, I applaud the return to old fashioned, suspenseful horror that doesn't need a teenage sacrifice in a brothel, hostel, or abandoned building. Not saying I dislike those, but Insidious is good for the change of pace. The second half of the film is much slower than the terrifying first half, but if you've recently asked yourself, "Whatever happened to the slow build up?" Watch this in a dark theater with a great speaker system. Guaranteed thrills.
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Initial post: May 13, 2011 10:18:36 AM PDT
Sounds good to me Jason- I sometimes like non-gore scare flicks. But I will miss the pitchfork(sigh).

Posted on May 14, 2011 3:35:52 AM PDT
J. Munyon says:
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Posted on May 15, 2011 8:13:10 PM PDT
Jason says:
Bob & J - I truly hope my recommendation for this movie doesn't disappoint either of you. I really did think it was one of the creepiest movies I've ever seen, and the tension was exponential after the ball started to roll.

Posted on May 23, 2011 11:25:41 AM PDT
compsciguy says:
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In reply to an earlier post on May 23, 2011 1:32:13 PM PDT
Jason says:
Bob - I believe Card Recipient is referring to Jason Vorhees' mother, and her decapitation in the original. http://youtu.be/xC3HgCYrsyU

Posted on May 27, 2011 9:42:33 PM PDT
lovemyangel1 says:
Jason thank you for the review I can't waite to get it on dvd to watch it that is for sure. I don't pay the movie theaters any of my money so I waite until it is on dvd and make my own pop corn and watch it in the comfort of my home.. so thank you

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 15, 2011 9:34:33 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 15, 2011 9:34:46 AM PDT
Jason says:
Jill - You're welcome. I really enjoyed this movie, and I plan on buying it so I can turn off the lights at home and be entertained again.

Posted on Jun 28, 2011 3:24:57 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 28, 2011 3:30:11 AM PDT
Angela says:
You took the review right out of my mouth. I saw it in a movie theater and loved it. The first time my sister and I went to see it was during a severe thunderstorm that turned into a tornado in some surrounding areas. The first intense loud jumpy moment happened right as hail started pounding down on the building (and my poor car unfortunately), and, for a few seconds, we thought the movie was coming to life. We ran out of the theater into the lobby, and it was a complete adrenaline rush. We went back in ten minutes later, hearts still pounding from the surprise of the storm and the thrill of the movie, but we decided to get our tickets comped since we missed too much. We went back the next day and rewatched the first 20 minutes of the movie, which was just as scary as the first time the day before, and we enjoyed every scary, scream-inducing and thrilling moment of it. And I have to add, the title shot and music was fantastic. It really starts the movie off right, with the viewer already pinned to their seat.

Posted on Jun 30, 2011 5:04:19 PM PDT
OKAMI says:
The scariest movie you've seen? Then never watch the uncut version of "A Serbian Film".
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