I realize I'm keeping a fairly up-to-date journal record, but it's mainly to save on writing long posts and so I can sort of brain-fart and to help myself remember stuff... like a real journal. XD
Anyways, saw Insidious yesterday. I saw it because there was nothing else I was interested in seeing at the specific theatre I was at, and I needed to kill about 2 hrs between job interviews.
I thought it was an awesome movie!
Considering I'm just getting into watching horror (more supernatural stuff, not so much the gore), I thought I handled this one fairly well. I saw it alone, and When the commercials started with NO ONE in the theatre but me, I was kinda freaking out. But luckily 2 girls walked in, one old man, and 2 other chicks half way through (But 3/4 in, the old man left, and the 2 late chicks left, leaving me and 2 other girls).
Luckily I didn't scream, but man did I grip my chair a few times. This movie seems like a good classic fright-fest.
Summary: Family moves to new house, stuff mysterious moves around, child unexplainably ends up in coma, noises, voices and doors opening all emerge, etc...
I thought one of the scariest parts was about 1/3 through.
In the middle of the night after the couple have an argument about the house and what's been happening, the wife wakes up to a figure pacing back and forth on the veranda just outside her window, which then the figure jumps into the room and attacks her. The husband was banished to the couch downstairs, so it took him a few seconds to react to what was going on. But the jump from outside to inside, almost made me scream.
Moving on, they move out!
The family moves because of the occurances, thinking it's the house that's haunted. But soon after, they realize that whatever was happening before was following them in the new house. Record players change songs by them selves, children running through the halls, rocking horses rocking by themselves, etc...
So the wife is freaked out again, the mother of the husband comes over and tells them she had a dream about their son, she goes into his room and sees a figure in the corner, asking what it wants, it points to the comatose child. During this conversation, the mother sees the red-faced demon from the trailer behind the husband and reacts with a scream, just in time for the comatose son to have his room tossed by the spirits. The mother recommends help.
The comic relief shows up in the movie of 2 paranormal investigators, how run various tests, finding/seeing for them selves 2 of the various spirits that are haunting the home. A psychic then arrives, a woman who knows the husband from when he was young. She senses the presence immediately, her assistant drawing what she sees, revealing the horrifying red-faced demon in a corner of the child's room.
The psychic explains that their son is the one that is being haunted because he is a "Traveller" or Astral Projector, someone who can have an out of body experience. But his soul has been trapped in a place called The Further, and as a result, his body is free to be possessed by spirits or other "insidious" beings.
The husband, being the doubting Thomas of the film, ignores the psychic, but shortly after realizes from his sons drawings done prior to the coma are exactly what was shown to them by the psychic.
They agree to have a seance, where contact with the child is made, but is soon taken over by the demon. The child attacks the group, his body being controlled by the demon, but is short lived as the psychic drives the demon out temporarily.
This is the point we find out that the father is also a Traveller, and its why the psychic knew his mother. She had previously helped when he had a similar experience with a spirit of an old woman who was attempting to steal his body when he was a boy. From this revelation, the husband must now go into The Further to find their son. He encounters many spirits, with very creepy smiles and faces, but soon finds his son in the attic of the house which has been used as a gateway to the demon's lair.
As he attempts to unchain his son to free him, the demon (this was a very creepy, but hilarious part of the movie) is seen sharpening his claws to the music of "Tip Toe, Through the Tulips" which makes it all the creepier when I hear that music now.
The demon quickly realizes the father is there and attacks the two of them. They briefly get away, but cannot find their way back to their physical bodies. Soon, spirits start appearing in the real world to take the empty bodies for themselves. The son runs in an attempt to fin his body, getting attacked again by the demon, but makes it back to his body and awakes from the coma.
The father recognizes the old woman who haunted his childhood and demands she leave. As she backs away, the father reawakens, and all the spirits disappear. The family has a quick reunion, the mother, son, and husband's mother are all eating in the kitchen, the 2 assistants are outside in the truck, the husband and the psychic are in the family room, talking about how he could have forgotten the haunting. As he hands the psychic some photos, she notices something and hesitates. The husband asks what's wrong, but she responds, "Nothing."
She discreetly pulls out a camera and takes a picture of the husband, who reacts violently, strangling the psychic to death, calling her a bitch.
The wife, hears the argument, and finds the psychic dead and her husband missing. She runs from room to room, looking for him, but cannot find him. She returns to the family room, and picks up the camera, looking at the photo that was just taken. In the photo is the old woman that haunted her husband as a child. The old woman has possessed him, leaving her husband still in The Further.
Her husband (old woman) then appears behind her as she turns around, she screams, and the movie cuts to black, before the obscene violin shrill that accompanies the title card "Insidious".
Review: Movie basically starts out very Paranormal Activity, (stuff moving, doors opening, whispers, etc...) and then becoming Poltergeist/The Exorcist/The Ring.
Though I will agree, the movie becomes a little cheesy in terms of graphics and visual effects, I still prefer this type of horror. Building of suspense, excellent music for a disturbing atmosphere, beings that would truly terrify anyone if they came face to face with these spirits/demons in the night. Acting was great, I felt for the characters, though it could have used a bit more build up to get to know them before shit started hapenning.
Part of the reason I can see why people might not like the second half is because we're given a face to the bad-guy. Once you put a face to the bad guy, the subtle noises and whispers become pointless. Suspense is kind of lost. But in terms of jumps and frights, I had a lot of trouble sleeping last night. Seriously, every 15 minutes, I was waking up because of a dream I was having or noises I would hear in the house.
So it made an impression.
I would hoe that this NOT turn into a movie franchise, it is great as a stand-alone film. But considering it's James Wan and Leigh Whannell (men behind Saw), this could easily be their new series.
Overall: 4 out of 5
Acting: 4.5 out of 5
Writing: 3.5 out of 5
Music: 4.5 out of 5
Cinematography: 4 out of 5
Directing: 4 out of 5
Sound Effects: 4 out of 5
Visual Effects: 3 out of 5 (budget was only $1 million)
Almost every reviewer is saying it's worth a watch, and I'll have to agree.
Job hunt this weekend went well. I basically have 2 options. One at a silk plant store and the other as a server. One pays better per hour, but it'd be part-time, so 3 shifts a week. The other pays less, but I might get full-time.
So I'm going to give one a shot first, if it doesn't work out, then the other is my back-up.
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