Grade B+

After a family (Patrick Wilson as the father, Rose Byrne as the mother, and Ty Simpkins as the oldest child) move into their new home, the haunting start almost immediately.  The attacks are focused on Simpkins, leading to his “coma.”  Byrne becomes the next target, hearing and seeing so many terrifying things that she is suffering a mental breakdown.  Wilson, not believing or not wanting to believe, moves his family to a new home…but the evil entities have followed.

Ghostbusters are eventually called in, and the prognosis is much worse than what the family thought.  Not helping matters is Wilson’s skepticism despite all that has happened; but he will need to believe and delve into his past in order to help save his son’s soul…and his own.

One of my memorable moments of this movie is the scene when Byrne wakes up one night to see someone walking back and forth outside her second story windows.  Back and forth, back and forth…and then the spirit suddenly appears inside her bedroom and runs after Byrne!  This made me jump and go “Oh!”

My most memorable, movie moment of “Insidious” is the scene when the red-faced demon shows up behind Wilson — don’t worry, I won’t mention when this happens.  This made me jump more and go “Oh!” louder than the scene previously mentioned.  Of all the scenes in horror movies that I’ve seen in the past two years, this one scared me the most.

“Insidious” stands well above the average horror movie; but even this one suffers from using cheap scare tactics (such as extremely loud sounds during the payoffs) in a few scenes even though it wasn’t needed.  I do give major kudos to the screenwriter for using a fairly original element in how the haunting started.  Bottom line: horror movie aficionados will enjoy “Insidious” and should try watching it alone and in the dark…but I suggest you wear diapers.

— M