When the news broke that the creators of Saw and Paranormal Activity were working on a film together, horror fans took notice. Insidious sees director James Wan re-teaming with Saw writer-actor Leigh Whannell, and this time they’ve turned their terrifying focus from blood-letting to the uncanny unknown of the spiritual realm.
Evoking the family set-up of Poltergeist, Insidious follows proud parents Renai (Rose Byrne) and Josh (Patrick Wilson) as they move their new family into an old house. Before you can say “redrum,” their son Dalton has an accident and lapses into a coma. His devoted mother tends to him at home, but late-night disruptions and sightings of shadowy apparitions become too much for the couple to handle and their relationship begins to fracture. The atmosphere becomes heavy with an ominous dread, spreading from the dark corners of a house that once promised hope and happiness.
Insidious transcends the real-estate spookiness of previous concepts like Amityville Horror, forging a genre-bending experiment that has more in common with Carnival of Lost Souls. By crafting a believable family and endangering the life of the youngest child, Wan and Whannell deliver shocks that are equal parts intimate and emotional. A return to their grassroots beginnings, Insidious’s scaled-down budget serves as a springboard for more innovative ideas and creative freedom than what’s possible on bigger, studio-driven productions.
Joining the household of restless spirits and malevolent entities are Barbara Hershey (known for her battle against supernatural forces in The Entity) as Josh’s mother Lorraine, and character actor Lin Shayne as a paranormal medium whose assistants provide comic relief with their outdated phantom-detection gear.
Wan and Whannell have spurned their hasty induction into the Splat Pack by summoning phantasmagoric scares and thrills, injecting an overdue shot of originality into a genre suffering from debilitating remake syndrome. –TIFF
James Wan (born 27 February 1977) is a Malaysian-born Australian producer, screenwriter, and film director of Chinese heritage. He is widely known for directing the horror film Saw and creating Billy the puppet. He also directed Dead Silence, Death Sentence and Insidious.
Wan was born in Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia of Chinese ethnicity. He was raised in Perth, Western Australia from a young age. It was his dream to make films from the age of 11. He went on to study at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, completing his Bachelor of Arts degree.
Before becoming popular in the film industry, he made his first feature film Stygian with Shannon Young, which won ‘Best Guerrilla Film’ at the Melbourne Underground Film Festival in 2000.
He met future business partner Leigh Whannell while studying at RMIT. He would later go on to co-create and direct the 2003 horror film (and franchise), Saw with the help of Whannell, who wrote the script. Wan and Whannell made a… read more
Promising (ish), while still cliche, first half. Second half got so wrapped up in referencing influences that it actually made a tepid genre flick with very little story a moderately fun drinking game (...the Whannell and Sampson characters were seriously fucking awful additions [DRINK:Ghostbusters]). And what the fuck was tropical Darth Maul hanging out in there for? Garden path horror.
Wan's got a unique sense of buildup, which almost registers, initially, as a rejection of buildup. Scares come fast and consistent. Yet, he subtly allows the endearingly dorky universe of these Insidious films to reveal itself . It culminates in beauty, a lantern-light journey into the spirit world.
On second viewing still find the film an effective chiller showing a maturity in the style of James Wan well represented by this past summer's 'The Conjuring'. Performances make or break a film like this, and this succeeds due to the fine work by Byrne, Shaye and Wilson. Derivative of 'Poltergeist' certainly but stands on its on conceit as well.
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Après un superbe générique d’introduction, Insidious se fait un peu poussif au démarrage (les dix quinze premières minutes de présentation de la famille trainent en longueur) avant de voir petit… read review