When proud parents take possession of an old house to build a nest for their family, an accident results in one of their sons falling into a coma. The tragedy doesn’t stop there when they are beset by vengeful spirits from another realm in this new chiller by the director and writer of Saw.
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Somehow a POLTERGEIST rewriting, lacking fun & less innovative yet effective, especially in Part 1, which gives the creeps. Part 2, more explanatory than suggestive, suddenly loses its intensity. === Un peu une réécriture de POLTERGEIST, l'humour & l'innovation en moins, pourtant efficace, surtout dans la 1re partie, qui donne la chair de poule. La 2ème, plus explicative que suggestive, perd du coup son intensité.
Whannell's derivative screenplay is paired well with Wan's incompetent direction. The result is a lot of badly shot, edited and scored sequences already done better in far superior films from the same genre. Sequences and themes lifted wholesale from Poltergeist, The Entity, The Orphanage, Exorcist II, Paranormal Activity and The Hole are mercilessly recreated with as much integrity as a Scary Movie instalment.
I remain convinced that James Wan has a good film buried in him somewhere - but will it ever surface? "Insidious" is dreadfully dull and the typically reliable Patrick Wilson delivers an inept performance. He seemed like he didn't even want to be there. Neither did I.
This is a mess. The tone/dialog/editing is so uneven & all over the place. They had decent actors (Patrick Wilson and Rose Byrne), and there are SOME decent chills in here, but Wan's style undermine his own film in ways. The characters are one dimensional, the inclusion of the "P.A." comic reliefs are way out of place. This actually feels like if Lifetime had attempted to make a half assed horror film. Wasted effort.
A terrible re-make of poltergeist... This film has been called "original" so many times and yet it shamelessly takes from a plethora of horror films. It went off on so many tangents and then just abandoned them, it became ridiculously over the top and featured the least scary villain I have ever seen (less scary than Leprachaun). A shamelessly terrible film. And the general idea had so much potential. One Star