31 Days of Halloween: Day 8, Insidious

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Directed by James Wan and written by Leigh Whannell, Insidious first appeared on the big screen in 2010.

A young family moves into an old house in a small town, and soon their first born Dalton falls into an unexplainable coma. After several months the family is allowed to take Dalton, who is still comatose, home. The first night he is home strange occurrences start taking place. After Renai (Rose Byrne) sees a red-faced demon over the shoulder of her husband Josh (Patrick Wilson) they call a demonologist (Barbara Hershey) who reveals that Dalton is not in a coma, but is astral projecting into the Further. Dalton inherited this ability from Josh. Josh eventually passes into the ether to rescue Dalton. While he is successful, the movie ends on with cliff hanger.

I really enjoyed this movie. In fact, it was one of the first horror movies I ever watched and I still today really enjoy it. I particularly appreciate the lack of a visible monster for most of the movie, instead allowing the viewers’ mind to terrify itself. The demon is eventually shown but it is only shown for an instant.