Insidious

(2011)

Genres: Fantasy, Horror, Thriller

Review: Insidious

Transcript for Review: Insidious

CHRISTY LEMIRE:
Already a midnight movie success at plenty of Film Festivals - It’s the horror film INSIDIOUS.  I’m Christy Lemire of the Associated Press.

IGNATIY VISHNEVETSKY:
And I’m Ignatiy Vishnevetsly of mubi.com. Now, I’d like to begin this show by thanking composer Joseph Bishara for banging so many loud dissonant, piano chords on the soundtrack of our first film, INSIDIOUS. You see, without his help, we in the audience just wouldn’t know that we’re supposed to think that something is scary. This patronizing supernatural thriller begins with a thinly-sketched couple living in an ominous house with their three children.


CLIP 3 / “It’s off limits now”)


IGNATIY:

These slower early scenes are the best in the film, but eventually the boy falls into a coma, and the film ceases to be mildly creepy and just becomes silly.

CLIP 1 / “He’s not in a coma”


IGNATIY:
After a while, the couple seeks out the services of a psychic.

CLIP 2 / “It’s not the house that’s haunted, it’s your son.”

 
IGNATIY:

Now look, this movie isn’t stupid because of the plot, the subject matter or the characters. All of these things can – and should have been – handled intelligently. It’s stupid because it assumes that its audience is stupid and that they can't follow a single scene without having it punctuated for them, and that they won't be able to understand the plot without all of the characters sitting down to discuss it.
 
CHRISTY:
This is a very noisy movie, you’re right.  The titles with the big word INSIDIOUS in red – dummm – they do it again at the end, but James Wan who directed it, also uses silence very well I think.  And it’s a very traditional haunted house movie in a lot of ways where you have the grandfather clock ticking, and the dripping of the water in the kitchen, and the bare feet on the hardwood floors when they’re looking around for whatever noise they think it is.  So it’s not always screechy, it’s just screechy at certain points.
 
IGNATIY:
I cannot believe that somebody as intelligent as you Christy…
 
CHRISTY:
Aren’t you cute, thank you.
 
IGNATIY:
…Would like a film that this…it’s not even competently made.  I mean this is like the film equivalent of going to a Halloween haunted house in the basement of a Methodist church or something.  
 
CHRISTY:
No, but the fun of it is, you know the scares are coming and you’re waiting for them in suspense and just when it gets…
 
IGNATIY:
It’s not, it doesn’t even succeed at the basic thing it needs to be..is to be scary.  It’s not scary, it’s just surprising and surprise is not the same thing as horror.
 
CHRISTY:
No, no, the builds tension and just when it’s getting at it’s most tense, it becomes a comedy with the geeky two, the duo of the techy nerds trying to one up each other with their equipment and their know how.  And then you get Lin Shaye who’s best known for There’s Something About Mary and she’s the psychic that comes in and yes, this is a remake of Poltergeist, it absolutely is that, but they’ve done some tweaks to it and I had a lot of fun.  I had fun with this.
 
IGNATIY:
This to me was so poorly…it looked like it was directed by 12 year olds, I mean there is no tension, there’s no suspense.
 
CHRISTY:
There is.
 
IGNATIY:
There is no suspense in this film whatsoever.
 
CHRISTY:
When the door...the alarm goes off, and the door flies open and it’s silent, you’re not holding you’re breath going what’s going to happen?  Alright…
 
IGNATIY:
No, I’m holding my breath wondering what I’m doing sitting in this movie theater.
 
CHRISTY:
Uh, it’s your job.