Insidious Tuesday, 14 July 2020

Insidious

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    M: Supernatural themes and infrequent coarse language.

  • The pitch:

    Creepy poppet.

  • Starring:

    Patrick White, Rose Byrne, Ty Simpkins, Lin Shaye, Leigh Whannell, Angus Sampson, Barbara Hershey, Andrew Astor, Corbett Tuck

  • Directed by:

    James Wan

  • Running time:

    103 minutes

  • Rated:

    M (Australia), 15 (UK), PG-13 (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    People are choked, hit, punched, wrestled, pushed, chained, thrown against walls, demonically possessed, threatened, licked, attacked by evil spirits. A boy falls from a ladder. Trashed room, objects knocked over, objects thrown, home invasion, smashed glass. Gunshots heard, hands reach out and grab people. Screaming, arguing, yelling, shrieking. Blood/gore: Corpse. Bruising, scrape. Bloody handprints, bloody bullet wounds. Ripping out innards and eating guts mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    Kissing. Cleavage.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Chemical-induced hallucinations mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE:

    F-words, p*ss. Name-calling. Derogatory terms for women. Religious references and exclamations. Genre tropes and stereotypes.

  • THEMES:

    Demonic possession, astral projection, family, moving house, music, songwriting, skepticism, hearing voices, hauntings, ghosts, disembodied spirits, nightmares, paranormal investigation, psychic art, clairvoyance, exorcism, memory suppression, hypnosis.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Child in coma, séance. Hospital setting (IV drip, breathing mask, nasal feeding tube seen). Night terrors, fear of being photographed mentioned. Creepy shadows/noises/clattering/whistling, ghostly figures, mysterious apparitions, demonic faces, yellow eyes. Objects appear to move on their own. Dog (photo), clown. Raw steak. Bright light flashes and strobe effects.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Shivery, unsettling, scary, taut, atmospheric, harrowing, spooky, entertaining, bloodless, fun. Good performances, believable characters, creepy tones, strong first half, inventive camera angles.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Predictable, plodding, forgettable, bland, clichéd. Loses intensity during second half, repetitive images, visually unappealing, overused genre tropes, plot disengages toward final act.

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