Damn. Just damn. Talk about a movie out of nowhere. I was made aware of this movie called INSIDIOUS on the Saturday morning that it came out (thanks to a shotgun blast of ad's from youtube suddenly)and the following night I watched it with my friends, and I was blown away. I practically shouted during the opening credits when I discovered that the crazy looking movie I was about to watch was directed, produced and even acted quite a bit by my two favorite underdog directors, James Wan and Leigh Whannell. I became instant fans of theirs when I was 13 and watched their 2003 movie SAW and ever since then have made it a point to watch everything of theirs. They continued with SAW 2 then they only produced the other SAW ones. I again heard almost no buzz or previews over their next movie Death Sentence which I absolutely loved, it was a great revenge flick. Then James Wan made a movie that involved his fascination with dolls in 2007's Dead Silence (Is it just me or am I sensing a theme here). Anyways as much as I liked them I thought I had heard the last of them considering that it was 2011 and that would make it about 4 years since they made a movie. Fast forward to the morning of April 1st and I saw this trailer that definitely woke me up that morning: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E1YbOMDI59k
Needless to say I immediately made plans that night to watch it with my friends and Ho-lee-shit was that movie everything I expected it to be, even better actually. The whole "Haunted house" horror movie has been done before, and done well (The Amityville horror, Rose Red, Poltergeist, House on Haunted hill,-shut up I was 11- Paranormal Activity) but I thought that the age of those kind of horror movie had come to an end with wannabe scary ones like The Haunting in Connecticut, Paranormal Entity and others that gladly used the haunted house hype and tried to cash in unsuccessfully. With that I thought that Haunted house/demon and ghost story movies were officially done, finished, and out the door with every possible creepy scenario played out, every jump accomplished and all bases covered. In fact the only movie I was looking forward to get me even remotely entertained/scared in my seat was "Paranormal Activity 3" coming this Halloween.
ANYWAYS. So yeah INSIDIOUS started off slow and almost made you think that the movie was going to be boring because for 15 min straight the movie sets the scene of the family dynamic and BAM! quicker than you can contract herpes from a five dollar hooker, INSIDIOUS has got your balls in a Chuck Norris grip and then leaves you to contemplate what you've just seen happen. The pacing was brilliant is what I'm trying to say. I felt like you were given enough time to feel for the mother, father and children without it getting boring and right when you feel like this is dragging out you get a huge WHEN YOU SEE IT YOU'LL SHIT BRICKS moment that sets the mood for the rest of the movie. Nothing is sacred, INSIDIOUS has no safety zones of "oh it's ok, the character is safe now he's in the room wher-BAM! HOLY PISS!" I can honestly say that it's been a long time since I've watched a horror movie that wasn't when I was 10 and scared me but INSIDIOUS damn near made me almost want to cover my eyes. Also the man with the Red face was really freaking cool. Alright you get the picture, I loved the movie and Highly recommend you see it if you haven't already, and If you have seen it and say you didn't like it you're dead to me.