After Lamberts have just moved into their new home when their oldest son, Dalton, falls down a stairs in the attic and bumps his head. As such, no big deal, but the morning after, he doesn’t wake up any more. The family goes to all sorts of doctors, but unfortunately none of them can help. It’s like Dalton is in a coma, but he isn’t in a real coma and medical science is facing a mystery.
Little later, strange things start to happen. The house alarm goes off for no apparent reason, doors start to open or close without anyone being near, and when mother Renai starts seeing figures of people walking around the house, it’s been enough for her. The family moves again to another house, but little after their arrival weird things start to happen once again…
Sound and Vision:
The colors in Insidious are toned down quite a bit to add to the atmosphere and it works very well. There aren’t any major issues with the transfer but some banding is present in the “The Further” scenes and the contrast is a bit dull.
The sound is where this movie truly shines. Most of the action is coming from the front, but when the rears come into play, it’s for scare effects that work very well. The placement is perfect and dialogues are clear at all times, while the sound overall nicely adds to the atmosphere.
Insidious is created by the makers from Saw and Paranormal Activity and takes the simple premise of a haunted house to move it to the next level.
The story is rather straight forward and things are far from perfect, but the atmosphere creation is spot-on from the start and the scare effects are with the best we’ve seen in a long time. Insidious hits all the right spots at the right times and even though the movie has its boring scenes and contains a number of moments that start to bore, those never become such an issue that you would get turned off. Especially as that’s usually when you get another scary scene that makes you jump right off your seat.
When it comes to scary movies, Insidious is one of the better ones we’ve seen lately and definitely a must-have for fans of the genre.