Low budget horror films can be hit or miss. While there are the likes of Blair Witch Project, and Paranormal Activity that can be hits, there’s one helluva horror films that are most of the time misses. I’m happy to say that Insidious belongs to the hit club.
For once, it did not rely on any gory bordering on pornographic bloodfest that most “horror” films that past few years had featured. Like The Others, it relied on the set, the acting, and the situations to scare the audience, and it was successful in doing so. The pace on the earlier parts of the film were pretty slow in my books, you wait for a long time before the real scare happens. But when the film started to do so, it never stopped (and there are lots of them)!
There are times though during the last few parts of the film that it feels contrived already, and makes you feel that the director just tried to go on and on and on with the film. That’s no biggie though. I think this is a more serious Drag Me to Hell, and I’ve seen bits of Paranormal Activity as well. However, I’d love that they (somehow) paid tribute to Kubrick’s The Shining, and I’m telling you that the “creatures” in this film are really scary, especially the child and the girls.
I’d love to give a big shout out to the art director of the film. This is one of the films where the set plays a vital role in the film, and they used the house very well. Every spot, and every corner of the house indeed contributed to the overall atmosphere of horror. Byrne, Wilson, and the underrated Elise Rainier gave decent performances.
All in all, the story can be a bit unbelievable to others especially to those who don’t believe in those kind of stuff. But for what it’s worth, it did deliver, and it’s one of the better horror films I’ve seen lately.