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Insidious (15)

Fantasy, Horror, Thriller

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

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The critical consensus

A devilish and delirious funhouse spook show of frights.

****(*)Henry Northmore, The List, 15/04/2011

The film's shifting tones are not terribly successful but Wilson and Byrne play it straight throughout, and just when Insidious is starting to look slightly less scary than a winter gas bill, Wan and Whannell manage to reapply some intensity to the story.

***(*)(*)Siobhan Synnot, The Scotsman, 19/04/2011

Promising and, in places, highly effective, this haunted-house variant more than fulfils its Friday Night fright flick duties but could have pushed through to a whole new plane.

***(*)(*)Matt Glasby, Total Film, 20/04/2011

Saw creators Whannell and Wan return with a horror movie creepy enough to borrow under your skin. It'll win no kudos for acting but plenty for its sharp scares.

***(*)(*)Kim Newman, Empire Online, 26/04/2011

The film never approaches being scary, but its colossal silliness makes it both intriguing and unpredictable.

***(*)(*)Leo Robson, Financial Times, 27/04/2011

It eventually tips over into extreme daftness, but while it’s on form there’s everything here you need for a great fright night.

***(*)(*)Alison Rowat, The Herald, 28/04/2011

Nothing more objectionable than a rickety ghost-train ride, cackling as it speeds up and flies off the rails.

***(*)(*)Tim Robey, The Telegraph, 28/04/2011

Good for a handful of jumps and guilty giggles before it quickly reaches for the slipshod, hokey contrivances you don't expect until number 2 or 3 in the franchise.

**(*)(*)(*)Cath Clarke, 28/04/2011

Matches its scariness with an unhinged silliness.

Anton Bitel, Little White Lies, 28/04/2011

Rattling good peice of horror cinema.

Paul Greenwood, Evening Times, 28/04/2011

Some decent scares, all the same.

**(*)(*)(*)Anthony Quinn, The Independent, 29/04/2011

Insidious wouldn't scare a nervous dormouse.

**(*)(*)(*)David Edwards, Daily Record, 29/04/2011

Clever editing, sound effects and atmospheric lighting lend to the film’s jump out of your seat moments, and a twist in the tale will fill you with dread. Definitely not one for the faint hearted.

STV, 30/04/2011

Just when it's time to crank up the chills, a batty plot gets battier, and the tension subsides. The viewer is let off the hook, which in horror is the worst of crimes.

Demetrios Matheou, The Independent on Sunday, 01/05/2011

The jump to more outré ghost-train-style horror is perhaps a tad blunt, but it remains scary enough to make it easy to buy into the supernatural ride it's intent on taking you on.

****(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 30/04/2011

The build-up is slow and sure, the shocks are exponential, Barbara Hershey as the husband's mother is even creepier than she was in Black Swan, and a bad time is had by all.

Philip French, The Observer, 01/05/2011

While not exactly original – it’s basically an off-kilter remake of Tobe Hopper’s Poltergeist (1982) – the filmmaker's perverse sense of humour (check out the nutty seance scene) and Wan’s hyperactive visual style (again, check that seance) bring an infectious vitality to well worn material.

***(*)(*)Jamie Dunn, The Skinny, 03/05/2011

Features about Insidious (15)

All aboard the horror-coaster

The Herald, 21/04/2011

Leigh Whannell and James Wan interview

Henry Northmore, The List, 26/04/2011

Insidious calls forth the wrong demons

David Cox, The Guardian, 02/05/2011

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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