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Insidious Blu-ray Review

“Insidious” is one of the best films of 2011.

The plot: The Lambert family moves into a house which they soon believe is haunted. As it turns out, it is their son Dalton who is being haunted. Who or what is haunting Dalton and why? That would be telling.

Much like “Paranormal Activity,” I had been tracking “Insidious” ever since I heard about the rave reviews it received at film festivals. To me, it sounded like it could be a breakout horror hit (especially considering that “Saw” creators James Wan and Leigh Whannell were attached). As it turns out, that is exactly what happened.

Without going into spoiler territory, “Insidious” is everything you could want from a haunted house type of chiller. The movie played like a spooky haunted house attraction in that you never know what’s around the corner which is a real rarity in an age where the horror genre is often filled with clichés and predictable scares. This film has some genuine scares here that will undoubtedly make you jump out of your seat or sofa cushion. And really, what more could you want from a horror film?

In addition to the scares, one of the many bright spots of “Insidious” is that there are central characters that the audience can identify with here. There are no cardboard characters whose sole purpose is to be killed by a monster to be found. Every character has a purpose which is certainly refreshing.

In regards to the script, I should mention that there is a plot twist in this film which inititally might have you scratching your head. The concept really comes from out of nowhere and it could have easily crippled the film. But, if you go with it, it manages to work out in the end. Yes, that statement is entirely too vague, but trust me when I say the less you know, the better.

Summary: Studios, take notice of “Insidious” because THIS is how you make a horror film. I cannot recommend this film highly enough for fans of the horror genre.


The 2.40:1 1080p picture quality is, in a word, great. Everything from facial features to background objects looks crystal clear. It honestly makes you feel like you’re right there in the action with the main characters.

The 5.1 DTS-HD audio track delivers the goods. I have absolutely no complaints here with this track as the music, sound f/x, and dialogue all sounded clear as can be.

* BD-Live capabilities.
* Sony trailers.
* “Insidious Entities”- Director James Wan and writer Leigh Whannell and other cast and crew members talk about the various creatures/entities that appear in the film. Do not watch this extra before you see the film as it spoils much of the scares. In fact, this goes for all of the extras.
* “Horror 101: The Exclusive Seminar”- James Wan and Leigh Whannell talk about horror conventions, the structure of “Insidious,” characters, haunted house films, etc.
* “On Set With Indious”- A behind-the-scenes look at life on the set.

July 9, 2011 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | ,

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