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Insidious (2011)



Critic Consensus: Aside from a shaky final act, Insidious is a very scary and very fun haunted house thrill ride.

Movie Info

Saw franchise veterans James Wan and Leigh Whannell team with Paranormal Activity writer/director Oren Peli to give the familiar haunted house story an exciting new twist with this tale of a family that moves into an old house and begins to suspect they are under siege from otherworldly forces when their young son inexplicably falls into a deep coma. As devoted parents Josh (Patrick Wilson) and Renai (Rose Byrne) struggle in vain to uncover the root cause of their son's condition, the stress of … More

Rating: PG-13 (for thematic material, violence, terror and frightening images, and brief strong language)
Genre: Horror
Directed By:
Written By: Leigh Whannell
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 12, 2011
Box Office: $54.0M
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as Elise Rainier

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as Dr. Sercarz

as Father Martin

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Critic Reviews for Insidious

All Critics (164) | Top Critics (31)

This is a movie that wants to be several movies at once. It turns out to be none of them.

Full Review… | June 22, 2013

Insidious is effectively creepy and is able to provide some great horror elements without the gore.

Full Review… | June 2, 2013
We Got This Covered

After a suspenseful and shock-filled first hour, it loses control and veers off into routine supernatural silliness. I hate it when that happens.

Full Review… | February 15, 2013

The best horror movies get the audience talking back to the screen. "Insidious" manages that, and how...

Full Review… | January 9, 2013
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About as subtle as a fart at a sťance

Full Review… | September 27, 2012

There's nothing wrong with its standard set up which has an unsuspecting family haunted by spirits. However, when it comes time for the film to follow through on the plotline, we find out the filmmakers weren't quite up to the task.

Full Review… | September 20, 2012

Audience Reviews for Insidious

I don't usually do horror movies, but this one was actually pretty good, even if I did spend a great amount of time talking and yelling at the TV to distract myself from potential jump scenes.

Flutie Archibald

Super Reviewer

Insidious is the equivalent of a haunted house theme park ride. Frequent jump scares abound, most of them quite effective. By the time the ending roles around, you aren't as scared as you were when the film started (the third act goes into hyper-drive with effects overload), but if you're looking for a fun horror flick to watch, Insidious works.

Edward Boxler

Super Reviewer

A couple months ago I got a copy of part 2. About 30 minutes in I fell sleep because I didn't remember a darn thing about the first movie, and had zero interest. So I waiting til I could get both movies and watch them back to back. This movie holds up extremely well! The sequel pales in comparison and this is one of the 5 best horror movies of the last, probably 10 years. Here's my original review:

Good,old fashion,original scary movie. James Wan,who directed the first" saw" continues to show his knack for a good horror movie. Starts out like any other haunted house movie,but has a few twists that really seperates it. One thing I really liked was it showed the demon doing the haunting,and he looks pretty badass. Right now the only real horror movie options are remakes or bad sequels,which really makes this stand out. Emily already warned me that she is gonna have nightmares, doubt she'd say that about" scream 4".

Everett Johnson
Everett Johnson

Super Reviewer

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