Insidious (2011)

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Director James Wan, the man who (arguably) made torture-porn fashionable by launching one of the most successful horror franchises ever, tries his hand at an old-fashioned ghost story.

Renai (Rose Byrne) and Josh (Patrick Wilson) Lambert move to a new house with their three children. Dalton (Ty Simpkins), whilst exploring the attic, falls off a ladder and hits his head. At first it looks as though it’s nothing serious but he eventually falls in a coma. Meanwhile, Renai starts feeling more and more uncomfortable in the house, believing it to be haunted. She convinces her reluctant husband to move but the ghosts follow the Lamberts to their new abode. It is then that Renai decides to employ unorthodox methods in order to get rid of them.

This is pretty much a haunted house film by numbers, with an interesting twist halfway through. However, although originality is not its strongest point, it’s still fun to watch. I loved the way in which Mr Wan favoured unnerving camera angles and slow pans to crass scare tactics involving sudden close-ups and loud noise. Good old-fashioned acting goes a long way too, having both Ms Byrne and Mr Wilson delivering solid enough performances that make it easy to empathise with their plight. (Barbara Hershey is an added, albeit brief, bonus.)

With Insidious, Mr Wan demonstrates how he is getting better and better with every film he makes, definitely one of the most entertaining genre directors around.

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