Oh James Wan and Leigh Whannell, you cheeky little devils! You may have succeeded in fooling your teenage target market into believing you have created an original piece of genre cinema with Insidious, but those of us who are a little older, with a broader knowledge of horror films, are not as easily fooled. You cheeky, cheeky devils!
I’ll be the first to admit that horror movies don’t have a great reputation when it comes to originality. The genre has been known to rape, pillage and reuse the ideas of previous films for many years. This is why there is such rejoicing when any horror offering that displays even a slither of originality makes its way onto our screens. The initial buzz surrounding Insidious was positive and suggested that we may have a new horror classic on our hands.
Never believe the buzz.
The audacity of Insidious was almost too much for this horror geek to bear. I would argue that Insidious blurs the line between a gentle, harmless lack of originality and an abysmal display of downright laziness.
The film tells the story of a young couple who move into a new home and begin experiencing strange occurrences. When their son is injured and slips into a coma, he runs the risk of being lost forever in a dark realm known as “the further”.
Even the most casual film buff would immediately begin seeing similarities to the 80’s classic Poltergeist throughout Insidious. Their plots drift so dangerously close that passing the similarities off as mere homage is drawing a pretty long bow. If this was the only film Insidious resembled though, I may have been able to ignore it, but Wan and Whannell have littered the rest of Insidious with so many scenes and concepts from past movies that it became distracting trying to keep up.
I wanted to like Insidious, I really did. Having watched many modern-day horror films, I too have learnt to overlook and forgive their often recurring lack of originality. Insidious however, really tested my patience and aside from it being a relatively well put together film, it’s flagrant lack of originality sunk it for me. Wan and Whannell are obviously talented filmmakers, I just wish they would get back to making their own work instead of pasting together a messy assortment of past movies.
By Adam Fay
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