Genuinely Scary Insidious Opens Friday

Opening Friday is Insidious, a crafty, effectively spooky ghost tale from Saw writers and directors James Wan and Leigh Whannell. Patrick Wilson and Rose Byrne play a couple who move with their three youngsters into a cavernous new house. Almost immediately there are weird incidents: unearthly voices on the baby monitor, noises in the attic, unexplained front door openings that trigger the burglar alarm. But when their eldest son Dalton (Ty Simpkins) slips into a coma one morning (that doctors can't seem to explain) things get much worse. To counteract those in the audience that scream out: "Leave, why don't you!" they actually do move, but trouble only follows. Barbara Hershey as the mother-in-law finally brings in a psychic (Lin Shaye) to help rid the evil entity tormenting them. There are definitely elements from Poltergeist, The Exorcist, and Paranormal Activity like ectoplasm floating in the air here, but it does manage to make you jump out of your skin a few times and there are things in it that are genuinely scary. Not half bad, actually.

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