Insidious, from Saw creators James Wan and Leigh Whannell, is a haunted house movie with no haunted house—but that’s not to say it isn’t haunting. The film has legitimate scare value for a gore-free PG-13 release, and for a little over an hour I was certain this film could do no wrong. Then I visited The Further.
Insidious tells the story of the Lamberts, who have just moved into a spacious and spooky new home. Mother Renai (Rose Byrne) attempts to further her songwriting career while raising their three children, Dalton (Ty Simkins), Other Son, and Annoying Baby. Her husband Josh (Patrick Wilson) is a teacher who plays the fun parent to the kids while remaining ultimately checked out of any home drama. One night, a couple of weeks into their new residence, Dalton wanders into an attic that opens by itself and he falls down a ladder. He appears to be fine, but he goes to sleep that night and doesn’t wake up the next morning. Dalton is in a coma for three months.
THREE MONTHS LATER. Scary shit happens! Continue reading