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Insidious Reviews

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Peter Galvin
sbs.com.au
May 12, 2011
Insidious is very much a 21st century modern horror movie, which is to say it's more interested in tricks and scares than 'horror'.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Leigh Paatsch
Herald Sun (Australia)
May 12, 2011
Insidious is happy enough with elevating your breathing pattern every now and then, as opposed to choking you outright with one shock after another.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Matthew Pejkovic
FILMINK (Australia)
May 12, 2011
While the third act descends into silliness, for the most part this is a superbly crafted and genuinely scary flick that borrows brilliantly from horror classics.
Anthony Morris
The Vine
May 12, 2011
It's intelligent, it's well-paced, it's packed with both unsettling scenes and pop-up shocks that never feel cheap.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Glenn Dunks
Trespass
May 12, 2011
For the majority of its running time Insidious is a scary good time at the movies.
Anders Wotzke
Moviedex
May 11, 2011
This is a good ol' fashioned haunting, one with a tangible atmosphere, strong performances and plenty of skin-crawling scares.
| Original Score: 4/5
Matthew Toomey
ABC Radio Brisbane
May 11, 2011
Wan uses the lack of lighting, shaky camera and creepy music to keep us watching intently.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Erik Childress
eFilmCritic.com
May 11, 2011
Insidious is quite scary and a lot of fun to go along with, as scare scenes are mixed up and played with in a way where I felt shortchanged with Sam Raimi's return-to-roots, Drag Me To Hell.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Simon Miraudo
Quickflix
May 9, 2011
This is not the rollicking rollercoaster frightfest Paranormal Activity 1 and 2 were, nor is it a playful genre throwback like Drag Me To Hell, or even a touching family film like Poltergeist (which Insidious apes most).
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Henry Fitzherbert
Daily Express (UK)
May 9, 2011
Conjures up a nightmarish quality that I found difficult to shake off.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
May 7, 2011
A haunting horror story at its core, but there are some decent flourishes with new ideas that make it worthwhile for fans of the genre
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
May 7, 2011
Insidious makes it fun to be scared. The scares are creepy rather than terrifying but they build up nicely and with some tongue-in-cheek
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
May 6, 2011
[S]cary, funny, thrilling, and deliciously meta all at the same...
May 2, 2011
The jump to more outré ghost-train-style horror is perhaps a tad blunt, but it remains scary enough to make it easy to buy into the supernatural ride it's intent on taking you on.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matthew Sorrento
Film Threat
May 1, 2011
It's a case of tribute working to the top of its game. It's horror film trickery that immerses us, once again.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
Philip French
Guardian
May 1, 2011
A supernatural horror flick by and for horror buffs.
Graham Young
Birmingham Mail
April 30, 2011
A good thrill ride for younger audiences not familiar with the likes of Poltergiest or Wan's favourite 1991 TV movie The Haunted.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Allan Hunter
Daily Express (UK)
April 29, 2011
There are enough jolts, jumps and bursts of gallows humour along the way to recommend it to fans of scary movies.
Anthony Quinn
Independent (UK)
April 29, 2011
For the most part it's standard stuff.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
David Edwards
Daily Mirror (UK)
April 29, 2011
Insidious wouldn't scare a nervous dormouse.
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