Friday, 8 July 2011

Insidious

This film does everything wrong. The trailer is far scarier then the film as the makers forgot one of the most elementary rules of horror filmmaking. One that Paranormal Activity and The Blair Witch Project took to extremes and a concept that is still denied by certain people. With this I mean less is more. Why go to all the trouble of digitally colour casting a spooky tone into a movie (more on THAT later) when from the very start the ghost IS RIGHT THERE. vlcsnap-2011-07-08-11h46m46s11The there is nothing subtle about Insidious, is could just as easily be called Obvious or, given the dullness of the cinematography, how about Dolorous? Perhaps due to the noisier parts Clamorous. You may have got the point that I wasn’t impressed. Who would be impressed by a world where Police don't exist even when you have apparently had a home invasion. Blood soaked handprints on sheets and photographs showing ghosts are not seen as the evidence that people have clamoured for years to find, a scared woman that has found the blood soaked sheet still makes her husband sleep in another room because “she is annoyed at him” and a trio of ghost hunters try very hard to be the team from poltergeist and fail.vlcsnap-2011-07-08-12h11m33s42

Perhaps this is the bone of contention for me. At point did I feel “other worldly” scared. Yes I jumped, I will not deny that, but the creatures were so solid that there was no mystery to them at all. The film also lacked any real defining explanation and just seemed rather ill thought out. The one obvious effect scene with a wall crawling demon was awfully presented and, come to think of it, where DID he go? vlcsnap-2011-07-08-11h32m20s62

Finally the colour. Since the excellent use of colour grading on Lord of the Rings and the effective use of it on films like Sin City it seems to have become a real fashion to add tone to a film by washing it out. The last Harry Potter film was so grey that it makes my TV look faulty and this film follows in a similar mould. It harms the production for me when the ghost realm is entered as there is so little contrast between the real and the dream states, something that the director surely should be seeking to do. Additionally as Shyamalan showed in The 6th Sense, use of colour is in no way anathema to effective scares. Why we are avoiding it i do NOT know. The pioneers of Colour Cinema will be spinning in their graves.vlcsnap-2011-07-08-12h31m04s229

Overall the film was more Tedious then Insidious. Don't bother with this one.


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