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Wow, I cat believe this is what's passing for "scary" horror movies these days. So I guess the idea was to steal some ideas from Poltergeist and get Darth Maul to do a cameo? What a waste of 102 minutes!

Well if james wan did take inspiration from poltergeist then he did an excellent job of creating a well crafted overall scary film. I admit there were some things that could have been left out like the comedy of those 2 clown investigators and perhaps showing more than less but again overall this is one of the better ghost movies in this decade and certainly worth a rental.

If there is a sequel I think wan will make the adjustments from all the criticism and fine tune it. He maybe not be in wes craven's league yet but with Saw and Insidious wan does indeed have the talent for this genre and is still growing and learning getting better.
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This is out next week. I have it queued up with mediocre expectations but damn am I starved for some horror right now... where the hell are all the good horror flicks

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Watched this last night and rather enjoyed it. Well, up until about the last 20 minutes anyways.

Obvious Poltergeist influences of course.
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I'm with those who liked the first half or so.
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Some of the best parts for me were the phantoms seen by Rose Byrne. The one outside the bedroom window walking around and then suddenly is walking around in the bedroom was great.


After that it kind of got Hollywood-itis on me. Not terrible, but not terribly original, either.

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Well if james wan did take inspiration from poltergeist then he did an excellent job of creating a well crafted overall scary film. I admit there were some things that could have been left out like the comedy of those 2 clown investigators and perhaps showing more than less but again overall this is one of the better ghost movies in this decade and certainly worth a rental.

If there is a sequel I think wan will make the adjustments from all the criticism and fine tune it. He maybe not be in wes craven's league yet but with Saw and Insidious wan does indeed have the talent for this genre and is still growing and learning getting better.

I agree. We watched it over the weekend and enjoyed it. Was it original and truly scary? No. I did enjoy the fact that it was an homage to atmospheric horror movies of the '70s, especially Poltergeist. The character development was well done, the surround sound mix was effective, and the cinematography was beautiful. The plot was ridiculous (but what horror movies aren't?), and the score was hackneyed.

I was surprised to read that Wan was also responsible for Saw, as it's nothing like that series.

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I just watched it, I really enjoyed it.

Did anyone notice the drawing behind the father on the blackboard when he was sitting in the classroom... SAW reference maybe?

I also noticed how the dialogue of the whole movie was presented in lower volume than most movies, so you had to turn up the volume which set you up for some crazy intense dynamic scenes where the audio made you jump along with disturbing visuals.

If you have a system capable of quality reference level sound (especially in the LFE region) and maybe even some bass shakers, this movie is a good one to have some fun with.
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Late to the party on this one, but some reviews and the stupid cover with the glowing eyed kid put me off. But based on the audio rec I checked it out and enjoyed it - for what it is - PG13 Poltergeist meets Jeepers Creepers. I liked all the characters except for the two helpers. I know what he was trying for, well the whole movie was pretty derivative, but the helpers where a complete fail. I liked the last 20 minutes and the creature reminded me of the Creeper so always down with a creature feature. The whole movie felt like a salute to Poltergeist and not meant as a heavy duty fright fest.

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Late to the party on this one, but some reviews and the stupid cover with the glowing eyed kid put me off. But based on the audio rec I checked it out and enjoyed it - for what it is - PG13 Poltergeist meets Jeepers Creepers. I liked all the characters except for the two helpers. I know what he was trying for, well the whole movie was pretty derivative, but the helpers where a complete fail. I liked the last 20 minutes and the creature reminded me of the Creeper so always down with a creature feature. The whole movie felt like a salute to Poltergeist and not meant as a heavy duty fright fest.

Great, moving to the top of my NF queue.

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I watched Priest last night and this preview was on the disc. It has rekindled my urge to check it out. It looks like it could be a bit scary. My wife wouldn't even watch the trailer.
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This looks a lot like Paranormal Activity 2, which I found to be much better than the slow Paranormal Activity where it felt like nothing was happening.
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I was surprised to read that Wan was also responsible for Saw, as it's nothing like that series.

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He was responsible for the first film, which was nothing like the subsequent series.

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This looks a lot like Paranormal Activity 2, which I found to be much better than the slow Paranormal Activity where it felt like nothing was happening.

And I think you're right about the comparisons, so if you like PA 2 then you should like this equally or more. All 3 of them I liked this type of genre ghost vs the silly not scary slashers like Scream or the Hills have eyes. I like being spooked like you're in a haunted house where is mostly mental and visual.
I think the 1st PA was more of work in progess which is why they added more in the 2nd one. Insidous def has more going on and bang for your buck.

These films remind of that series on TLC & A&E called the Haunting where real families re-tell their stories with ghosts and paranormal activity and it does a pretty good job of scaring you for a tv show. In fact some them are very similar to what happened in Insidous.
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He was responsible for the first film, which was nothing like the subsequent series.

Ah ha. Thanks for clarifying.

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I watched this over the weekend and I have not seen a finer horror film in some time. This movie is CREEPY and extremely well made. Excellent, excellent horror movie if the slasher/torture porn film is not your cup of tea.
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I watched this over the weekend and I have not seen a finer horror film in some time. This movie is CREEPY and extremely well made. Excellent, excellent horror movie if the slasher/torture porn film is not your cup of tea.

Nice take.

Just a general question, but is one in the minority if they are not into the slasher/torture porn horror flics?

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Nice take.

Just a general question, but is one in the minority if they are not into the slasher/torture porn horror flics?
Unfortunately, I believe you are. I shutter at the effects this must have on our society.
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Watched over the weekend and was quite impressed.
Excellent traditional horror.

Reminded me quite a bit of Supernatural on the WB Channel (in terms of the type of plot), but without the humor that makes the show special.

Nonetheless, this should go on our October List.
Definitely worth a repeat.
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I liked all the characters except for the two helpers. I know what he was trying for, well the whole movie was pretty derivative, but the helpers where a complete fail.

That is the most serious problem with the movie.
The helpers were ridiculous stereotypes.
Should have made them a bit smarter, which would have made everything a little more believable.
I think James Wan is a fan of Supernatural.
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I think the "helpers" were there for comic relief. I enjoyed the film overall and it delivered some chills which many directors these days don't know how to do. Also liked it delving into an area (as they mention in the extras) that hasn't really been covered much by films. If you're into the occult and spiritual practices then it will resonate but I suspect to the uninitiated seemed too "corny" or "way out."
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I think the "helpers" were there for comic relief.

Absolutely.

However, I think it was unnecessary.
This movie is a straight-ahead, traditional horror film.
The "humor" kinda jolts the viewer out of the movie a bit.

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It was also the typical geek sparing one might find on one of those crews. Not exactly something you wouldn't find if you had a team like that in the house.
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The helpers with their comic relief appeared at just the right point of the film, and I think their appearance added a lot to the structure of the film.

Immediately before their appearance, the film had a long crescendo of suspense and terror. The humor of the helpers allowed the audience to take a breath and notch the film down a bit before it started the longer crescendo to its climax.

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Absolutely.

However, I think it was unnecessary.
This movie is a straight-ahead, traditional horror film.
The "humor" kinda jolts the viewer out of the movie a bit.

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It was also the typical geek sparing one might find on one of those crews. Not exactly something you wouldn't find if you had a team like that in the house.

Agreed on both counts. Often this kind of sparring humanizes the characters and we then relate to them. Unfortunately, the execution was really botched and akward on this and did jolt me a little out of the movie because it was so amateurish. Ideally, the back and forth rapparte would have been smoother and we would have grown to like the helpers in stead of cringe at their conversation. Then, after we like them, they are violently killed off. Mwahaha!

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did jolt me a little out of the movie because it was so amateurish. Ideally, the back and forth rapparte would have been smoother and we would have grown to like the helpers in stead of cringe at their conversation.

You hit it on the head...exactly my thoughts on the subject.

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I watched this over the weekend and I have not seen a finer horror film in some time. This movie is CREEPY and extremely well made. Excellent, excellent horror movie if the slasher/torture porn film is not your cup of tea.

Watched this last night and completely agree. The music and feel of this had me buzzed from the start. Saw 76, Hostel 39, Halloween 104, etc., etc., don’t interest me anymore. I can’t say when it was I lost interest in gore fests, but it’s this type of horror movie that I now prefer.

I was also struck by the oddity of the paranormal crew. At first they really bugged me, but then they were kind of funny. The snipping back and forth between the two reminded me of a married couple having a power struggle. Still, I would have preferred they be more serious considering the psychic and the rest of the tone was pretty intense. If I’m locked into the intensity of a horror movie, I prefer to stay there until the very end and watch a comedy afterward.

Rose Byrne is an attractive woman, but she needs to eat a whole cow and all of the potatoes in Idaho, smothered in gravy.
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I would have preferred they be more serious considering the psychic and the rest of the tone was pretty intense. If I'm locked into the intensity of a horror movie, I prefer to stay there until the very end and watch a comedy afterward.

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Rose Byrne is an attractive woman, but she needs to eat a whole cow and all of the potatoes in Idaho, smothered in gravy.

I would admit she isn't all that, but she needs to work and tubby females are a dime ah dozen.

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Rose Byrne is an attractive woman, but she needs to eat a whole cow and all of the potatoes in Idaho, smothered in gravy.

Although I would disagree, that is hilarious!!!!
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This just fresh off the news:

A sequel to last year's Insidious is on the way with writer Leigh Whannell and director James Wan returning, says a story at The Hollywood Reporter.

Details about the project are few at the moment, but the original starred Rose Byrne and Patrick Wilson as a couple who learn that one of their children is possessed. The former talent is set to re-team with Wan for his next film, tentatively-titled The Conjuring. That film, which also stars Vera Farmiga, Ron Livingston and Lili Taylor, is based on the "true" tale of another kind of haunting.

The Insidious sequel could shoot as early as this year and see a release in 2013.

Read more: Insidious Sequel Planned - ComingSoon.net http://www.comingsoon.net/news/movie...#ixzz1lNbAdLhQ
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Wow, didn't realize this was so popular here. I saw this a few months back, and it bored me to sleep.

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