Sunday, July 31, 2011


Punch yourself in the face.


Don't ask any questions. Just do it!

That's for not writing Insidious. Another successful low-budget, well-executed concept that a lot of us probably never even considered -- or quickly dismissed. Instead of dreaming up crazy, big budget, high concept stories like werewolves on the moon (which is a real project in development btw), maybe we need to pull back once in a while. Think small. Execute big. There are a lot more people capable and willing to make a film for $1.5 million dollars than for $50-100 million, especially in this economy. Just something to ponder.

As far as the film goes, it delivers what the trailer promises: scares. I'm not a gambling man, but I'm willing to bet that the filmmakers might have seen Poltergeist once or twice. Instead of a special little girl, we have a special little boy. And what starts off as a run-of-the-mill haunted house story soon becomes something entirely different. When a simple fall puts the boy into a comatose state that baffles doctors, family secrets are soon revealed. Mom (Rose Byrne) and Dad (Patrick Wilson) will have to risk everything in order to save their son.

Director James Wan makes excellent use of shadows and sound here. Screenwriter Leigh Whannell does an absolutely terrific job with foreshadowing. The only misstep is when the story attempts to inject some comedic relief. Almost takes you right out of the film, but it's rescued by a strong ending.

The days of me getting spooked by horror movies are long gone, but later on, I woke up in the middle of the night and for just a split second... there was a moment of

So don't go stepping over some obvious or "easy" ideas. Find a way to make them work (especially on the cheap).

Disclaimer: I am not responsible for any injuries that might have been sustained while reading this post.


Dark Energy said...

Being a fan of Wan/Whannell I was pretty excited for Insidious and they did not disappoint. Every possession or haunted house film must have a seance which by now have become boring and pretty predictable but when they rolled out the WWII circa gas mask I was floored.

screamwriter said...

Good film. A lot more fun than the Paranormal Activity films.


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