Friday, April 8, 2011


So, the lonely housewife spends her days unpacking her family’s belongings in their new home. Her husband goes to work, her young sons go to school, and she stays home and watches the baby. After a few weeks in the new place, she starts hearing creepy noises, then seeing creepy things.

That’s the plot to about a dozen movies I can name off the top of my head, but for our purposes, we’ll tag it as the premise of Insidious, the new horror flick from James Wan, the director of the original Saw.

But Saw (a somewhat brilliant, very original addition to its genre) is about as far as you can get from Insidious. The scares are cheap (quick bursts of stringed music), the plot is incoherent (not at first, but eventually), and the ending is cheap. In short, you know what you’re getting right from the start of Insidious: a familiar plot, a few minor shrills, a lots of eye rolls.

At least Wan put two credible actors in the lead roles (Patrick Wilson and Rose Byrne, along with a lovingly campy Barbara Hershey in a minor role) so the experience isn’t completely excruciating. Regardless, Insidious is nothing new; and when it tries to be, it’s far too little too late. D


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