Insidious | Chicago Reader


Rated PG-13 101 minutes 2011

Director James Wan and writer Leigh Whannell, creators of the Saw franchise, target the junior high market with this PG-13 picture about a haunted house. The result manages to be both simplistic and incoherent: every shock is punctuated with a noisy, reverb-heavy sound effect to remind you that you're watching a horror movie, and the story is one disconnected plot twist after another. Aside from some decent make-up on the ghouls, this is wretched even to look at. Wan aspires to the muted, ominous look of M. Night Shyamalan's movies, but the shoddy blue-gray lighting makes this look like it was processed in dishwater. With Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, and Barbara Hershey.

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Director: James Wan

Producer: Jason Blum, Steven Schneider, Oren Peli and Brian Kavanaugh-Jones

Cast: Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Lin Shaye, Ty Simpkins and Barbara Hershey



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