Insidious

2011

Insidious

Critics Consensus

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

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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 the situation gradually begins to take its toll on their once-strong relationship. Later, when darkness falls and specters appear to reach out for them from the shadows, the frightened parents realize they're dealing with powers beyond human comprehension. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Cast

Patrick Wilson
as Josh Lambert
Rose Byrne
as Renai Lambert
Ty Simpkins
as Dalton Lambert
Lin Shaye
as Elise Rainier
Barbara Hershey
as Lorraine Lambert
Andrew Astor
as Foster Lambert
Kelly Devoto
as Doll Girl #1
Corbett Tuck
as Nurse Adele/Doll Girl #2
Heather Tocquigny
as Nurse Kelly
Ruben Pla
as Dr. Sercarz
John Henry Binder
as Father Martin
Joseph Bishara
as Lipstick-Face Demon
Philip Friedman
as Old Woman
J LaRose
as Long Haired Fiend
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Critic Reviews for Insidious

All Critics (175) | Top Critics (37) | Fresh (115) | Rotten (60)

  • If Insidious were willing to really embrace the connection between insidious possession and the insidious allure of gender deviance, it would be a much better film.

    September 16, 2019 | Full Review…
  • A cinematic version of one of those corny Halloween houses.

    December 7, 2018 | Full Review…

    Eileen Jones

    The eXile
    Top Critic
  • Despite following a fairly formulaic narrative, Insidious pulls off more than the usual compliment of spine-tingling scares and memorably grotesque imagery

    December 7, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Emily Killick

    CineVue
    Top Critic
  • Insidious has no higher ambition than to scare the audience, and it succeeds much of the time.

    December 7, 2018 | Full Review…
  • A scary movie that doesn't rely heavily on CGI and gore like many horror movies of today, but rather more on plot and interesting characters.

    December 7, 2018 | Full Review…
  • The film's main source of horror - the spirits - seemed like they were borrowed from previous horror films. They're intended to be scary but having seen similar ones so many times before.

    September 28, 2017 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Yasmin Shehab

    Cairo360
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Audience Reviews for Insidious

  • Apr 13, 2015
    A worthy start to an influential franchise, the supreme mix of Wan and Whannell proves to blend enough ghouls and grime to result in a fun film. Byrne fits the "contemporary stone-faced worrier" of a mother horror archetype that seems so popular nowadays and she does rather well as the tired-eyed parent of a young boy in a coma, who seems to be attracting the tormented and often disfigured demons who inhabit a distant realm. Patrick Wilson balances her out well with the warmth of the father-figure and also gives a good performance as a genuinely concerned and worried parent. The use of colour borrows heavily from the work of Argento and thats a good thing, smearing our worst nightmares in candy-coloured paint, contrasting to the bleakness of the real world. The main demon antagonist is a little kooky though and depending on its audience will definitely inspire a few unintentional laughs.
    Harry W Super Reviewer
  • Nov 02, 2014
    Insidious is one scary movie. With a spine-tingling soundtrack, creepy images, and a refreshing lack of blood, Insidious is hugely frightening horror movie fare that will thrillingly haunt you when the lights go out. Rating: 82
    Bradley J Super Reviewer
  • Jul 31, 2014
    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 A Super Reviewer
  • Jun 05, 2014
    Creepy and atmospheric, Insidious is a dark supernatural thriller. After witnessing several disturbances Renai Lambert starts to suspect that her new house is haunted and that her family is in danger. Featuring Rose Byrne, Patrick Wilson, and Barbara Hershey, the cast has some impressive talent. However, the script is rather weak and starts to fall apart in the last act. It's also quite predictable (after a certain point) and starts to follow the usual haunted house/possession formula. Insidious delivers a few scares, but overall it's a pretty rote horror film.
    Dann M Super Reviewer

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