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Friday Fright Club: Insidious

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Welcome to this week’s Fright Club! While we’ll often cover more classic horror films, now and then tribute needs to paid to filmmakers that have, in a fairly short amount of time, made a name for themselves and established themselves as directors to watch. One such director is James Wan, whose up-and-coming film “The Conjuring” is set to scare all of right into new pairs of pants. He is also the director of Insidious, definitely one of my favourite horror films over the past few years… 

Starring Patrick Wilson and Rose Byrne, Insidious tells the story of a mother who starts noticing strange events in their new home, mostly surrounding her son. When her son falls into a comatose state, she realised that there is a war going on for possession of her son and something very, very scary is trying to find its way into the world…

Yeah, that sounds fantastic, doesn’t it? It also sounds quite familiar as it draws very heavily on Poltergeist – not only in scariness, but also in the fact that a lot of the scares don’t rely on CGI jumping out at you…giving it a very old-school, and slightly 80’s feel to it which isn’t a bad thing at all. There are a few complains regarding the nature of the second act of the film, which I would not want to spoil for you, but let me just state for the record that I love it. It is both a refreshing and utterly nostalgic return to classic horror form and we have Mr. Wan to thank for it.

Have I mentioned he was also the mastermind behind the original Saw film, the only one of the series worth mentioning? So, if I haven’t given you enough reason to go and watch Insidious then you can’t call yourself a horror film. If you have seen it – tell me about it!

Last Updated: March 15, 2013


  1. I scared myself stupid with this movie, until about 3/4 the way through. Not sure what it is about the genre that drops the ball about 75% of the way though. I think it’s the overload of information. Horror is supposed to be the unexplained, the moment they start explaining things it suddenly is torn between reality and fiction. Still loved it though. I may be wrong, but is there a sequel on the cards?


  2. James Francis

    March 19, 2013 at 14:56

    I enjoyed this, despite not being a fan of his previous films. It pays close attention to why many horror tropes work and then ties them together nicely. And I didn’t feel the later parts let it down – if anything, you start becoming a bit numb, because it is all a bit too much. Then the final act puts the creep factor right back in your face.


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