I must admit the Insidious horror films somewhat passed me by but I felt them worthy of a look as two out of the four films just happen to be directed by James Wan who’s directing credits include films such as The Conjuring 1 & 2 plus Saw (2004). Whilst I’m no fan of any of the Saw series of films I do think The Conjuring and its sequel are exceptionally well made. With the new movie Insidious: The Last Key out in UK cinemas this week it’s the perfect time to get up to speed with the franchise. So without further ado here’s my Insidious Blu-ray Review.
- Insidious (2010)
- UK Rating 15
- Discs: 1
- Released By Momentum Pictures
- Blu-ray Released: 12 September 2011
A family consisting of Josh and Renai Lambert, their two sons and baby daughter move into a new home. Soon after a few strange events occur one which leads to one of the Lambert’s sons, Dalton investigating the attic and falling from a ladder and hitting his head. Following this incident Dalton fails to wake-up the next morning appearing to have slipped into a coma that the doctors simply can’t explain.
However the strange events seem to escalate, is the house haunted or does the problem lie with their son?
Style / Direction
James Wan directs and the film looks suitably stylish with the houses both creating an unnerving environment. At one point the film moves into a strange and surreal world which you would expect in say a Dario Argento film.
If I had to offer any criticism it would be that the film does maybe go on 10 minutes longer than necessary as proceedings at times can feel a little too drawn out and slow going.
The cinematography is handled by John R. Leonetti & David M. Brewer
Music / Audio Effects
The score produces an incredibly uncomfortable feeling using a combination string instruments along with many other sound effects. Make no mistake it has the desired effect you want in a horror film.
Joseph Bishara provides this errie score.
Acting / Characters
Decent performances all round without any outstanding ones. Patrick Wilson is clearly a favourite of director James Wan having also appeared in both Conjuring films. He plays his well role well enough but certainly has a better character in the Conjuring movies.
Conclusion: Insidious (2010) Film Review
Insidious is in essence a pretty good horror film that has plenty of plot twists that you don’t (or at least I didn’t) see coming. The film is well shot making for some truly unnerving moments inside the houses. As with any horror movie the sound design needs to be right or the film no matter how well made can feel lacking. Thankfully the horror score delivers plenty of jump scares and has you on edge throughout.
My only criticism is that at times the build-up seemed at little too drawn out and could have been significantly improved by trimming a few scenes.
Insidious is certainly worth watching and the ending sets up the next chapter rather well.
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Conclusion: Insidious Blu-ray Review
Clearly the picture quality is not an issue being a 2010 released film so I’ll move on to the extras.
Overall a pretty good set of extras with interesting insights coming from both director James Wan and screenwriter Leigh Whannell. One of the more interesting comments comes from Whannell who mentions the unique style used at one point in the film and compares it to Dario Argento which I also noticed and commented on earlier.
- Horror 101: The Exclusive Seminar (10 mins)
- On Set With Insidious (8 mins)
- Insidious Entities (7 mins)
Popcorn Cinema Rating: Insidious (2010)
MOVIE RATING: WELL WORTH WATCHING
BLU-RAY RATING: EXCELLENT
POPCORN CINEMA: RECOMMENDED
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Summary: Insidious (2010) Blu-ray Review
Movie title: Insidious (2010)
Duration: 102 mins
Director(s): James Wan
Actor(s): Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Barbara Hershey, Ty Simpkins
- Movie Rating
- Blu-ray Picture Rating
A rather good horror film that has plenty of plot twists that you don’t see coming.