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Insidious

horror, thrillers


A family looks to prevent evil spirits from trapping their comatose child in a realm called The Further.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    66%
  • Audience Score
    61%

common sense

PAUSE for kids age 15
Consumerism
1 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
0 out of 5
Language
3 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Positive role models
0 out of 5
Sex
0 out of 5
Violence
4 out of 5

Exceptionally scary flick is too intense for younger teens.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that although this horror movie is rated PG-13, it's one of the most terrifying scary movies in some time, and it's not recommended for younger teens (or anyone without a high tolerance for "jump" scenes). There's some blood, as well as some arguing and yelling, and a young boy is in jeopardy throughout the movie (he's separated from his parents, which may add to the anxiety for some kids -- even teens). But most of the horror is in the form of the stuff that nightmares are made of: darkness, shadows, and noises. It's very scary. Language is fairly light but does include one use of "f--k"; there's no sex, drugs, or drinking content of note.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the movie's violence and terror. How did it affect you?
  • How scary is the movie? What makes it different from, and scarier than, other horror movies? Is it scarier given the fact that a young boy is in trouble?
  • Are these characters likable? Why do you think they act the way they do? Are they role models?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    66%
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  • Audience

    61%

Audience Reviews

5 stars

I'm not one to get scared or jumpy at a movie at all, and to me, "The Exorcist" was never scary at all and mega overrated. But..."Insidious made me jump a few times and I found it to be gripping throughout, but especially the latter half. Scariest movie I've seen in several years, or maybe ever. Full of interesting twists too...everyone has their own opinion, but I can't see how any horror film fan can think of giving this < 4 stars!

- stormyweather980, Wednesday, February 15, 2012

5 stars

I'm not one to get scared or jumpy at a movie at all, and to me, "The Exorcist" was never scary at all and mega overrated. But..."Insidious made me jump a few times and I found it to be gripping throughout, but especially the latter half. Scariest movie I've seen in several years, or maybe ever. Full of interesting twists too...everyone has their own opinion, but I can't see how any horror film fan can think of giving this < 4 stars!

- stormyweather980, Wednesday, February 15, 2012

3 stars

This review includes Spoilers. Considering the Haunted House genre has been done to death, Insidious doesn't do too bad a job. It was a brave move by it's makers that paid off but it's not brilliant. The first half is a case of 'It's what you don't see' that scares you and this works - better than Paranormal Activity in my opinion. It's the second half that really lets it down though, when you begin to see the Insidious ones the scares become somewhat sparse. It's a little cliched too, you wait an hour to see a Ghost and when you do it's just a bunch of pale looking people in Victorian clothing. Boo indeed. Actually, the 'Red face in Kitchen scene was good but it was the only 'Jump out of your seat' scene which there should have been more of. The fantasy end comes very close to cheesy 80's horror storyline-wise but without it being as fun as that was back then and by the end you're really not that bothered about how it ends because chances are you've already worked it out (not that it makes much sense anyway). Nice to see Lin Shaye in a good role though, she's earned it after all the crap she's been given all these years. I've seen better but I've seen a hell of a lot worse, it's worth a watch horror fans. http://cinephilecrocodile.blogspot.co.uk/2014/09/insidious-dir-james-wan-2010-this.html

- SirPant, Tuesday, September 2, 2014