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Insidious (2010)

PG-13 | | Horror, Mystery, Thriller | 1 April 2011 (USA)
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A family looks to prevent evil spirits from trapping their comatose child in a realm called The Further.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Josh Lambert
... Renai Lambert
... Dalton Lambert
... Elise Rainier
... Specs
... Tucker
... Lorraine Lambert
... Foster Lambert
... Nurse Adele / Doll Girl #2
Heather Tocquigny ... Nurse Kelly
... Dr. Sercarz
... Father Martin
... Lipstick-Face Demon
... Old Woman
... Long Haired Fiend
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Storyline

A gripping story of a family in search of help for their son, Dalton, who fell into a coma after a mysterious incident in the attic. Little do they know that there is much more to this endless sleep than meets the eye as they explore the paranormal, and rediscover the past; the key to getting their son back once and for all. Written by David Murray Arthur

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Rated PG-13 for thematic material, violence, terror and frightening images, and brief strong language | See all certifications »

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1 April 2011 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Astral  »

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Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,271,464, 3 April 2011, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$54,009,150, 8 September 2011

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$97,009,150, 8 September 2011
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Trivia

The film was originally going to be named "The Further." See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 6 mins) When Elise and Specs are performing their astral projection and communicating with the demon, there is a man with a handheld video camera walking around behind the cast. This is Tucker, Elise's bearded assistant, who is filming the process. Only four are seated at the table during the communication. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Dalton Lambert: Mom?
Renai Lambert: Hey, sweetie. What are you doing up? Come here.
Dalton Lambert: I don't like my room.
Renai Lambert: No? That's okay. You know, you're still getting used to it. I can't sleep either.
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After the credits finish rolling, Philip Friedman as the Old Woman blows out his/her candle. See more »

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Tiptoe Through the Tulips
Written by Joseph A. Burke (as Josephn Burke) and Al Dubin
Performed by Tiny Tim
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By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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Bad Knockoff of Spielberg's POLTERGEIST
25 April 2011 | by See all my reviews

It is very clear that the writer of this film had seen Steven Spielberg's classic horror film Poltergeist because this entire film pulls whole cloth elements from Poltergeist and reworks it to a bastardized version. It is as if this film is written and directed by high school kids who saw Poltergeist and thought it would be cool to make their homage to it with their simplistic understanding of how to create suspense and horror.

For these Insidious writer/director horror to them is a person wearing scary makeup and sudden loud noises...nothing more. Insidious wants to be Poltergiest but ends up doing everything wrong. And its embarrassing to watch.

To no surprise after finding out that this film was made by the people behind Paranormal Activity and Saw i knew right away one would have to check their brain at the door.

For me, i can look by bad acting, poor effects, and amateur-hour directing but if the underlying script is terrible then i am going to bash it. And this my friends is serious high school play writing/directing -- the kind of mess where parents go, sit in the audience and no matter how crappy it is you end up clapping and going home half asleep and thinking about other things.

To be fair and give you an idea of what horror films i like:

  • Jaws - Poltergeist - American Werewolf in London - Exorcist - Frailty - Tale of two Sisters (foreign film)


It's a small list but they are considered classics by critics and viewers alike (check IMDb's ratings for each). They are so loved because each tells a story in a very realistic way and not looking to cheap tricks for scare value. It's professional storytelling.

I'd love to discuss Insidious in a scene by scene way as to what a disaster the thing is but i doubt anyone will read my review outside of seeing my rating of it. 1/10...

I'd rate this as UNWATCHABLE and spit but IMDb wont let me.

If you are an aspiring screenwriter then watch this film and learn what exactly NOT to do.


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