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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


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 (34) | Fresh (115) | Rotten (60)

  • Director James Wan here proves himself very adept at building dramatic tension and making you anxious about the things going on in your peripheral vision.

    Jun 16, 2011 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • A supernatural horror flick by and for horror buffs.

    May 1, 2011 | Full Review…

    Philip French

    Top Critic
  • Good for a handful of jumps and guilty giggles before it quickly reaches for the slipshod, hokey contrivances you don't expect until number 2 or 3 in the franchise.

    Apr 28, 2011 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Cath Clarke

    Top Critic
  • The film is the work of director James Wan and writer Leigh Whannell, who founded the Saw franchise. But Insidious, with its haunted house predictability, is pale stuff by comparison.

    Apr 28, 2011 | Rating: 2/5
  • Not so much insidious as inexcusable.

    Apr 27, 2011 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Nigel Floyd

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • Wan and Whannell have, in effect, ripped pages from the "Poltergeist" playbook and stripped the formulas down to old-style gothic scares.

    Apr 11, 2011 | Full Review…

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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