Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Movie Review: Insidious
The plot of Insidious is a simple one. A family moves into a new home. The children are afraid of their rooms and things move about on their own. The family assumes it is one of the many children making mischief. Almost immediately, the middle son falls into an inexplicable coma that he stays in for months. The longer the boy is in a coma, the worse the paranormal activity around the house becomes. Terrifying ghosts are everywhere and the wife is alone in her belief in this activity. Finally the family moves, but the ghosts follow and after a psychic enters the picture, the family realizes there are worse things than the legion of ghosts following the little boy.
Insidious was also interesting in the unique perspective it presented on hauntings. I don't want to ruin anything for those that haven't seen the film, but it presents a description of ghosts and demons and the way they relate to the world of the living that I haven't heard before. It integrates notions of astral projection and psychic projection with a unique view on the ether that philosophically left me with much to think about. It also presented to of the most comical and interesting ghost hunting characters I've seen in movies since The Ghost Busters. It was also very scary. As a mother, watching a little boy tormented by ghosts and demons was horrible and probably my worst nightmare. This is the best and scariest horror movie I've seen in years.