Gone are the days were people would opt watching haunted house movies than torture-p0rn films. Haunted House movies once became predominant in the early days of horror flicks. Ghosts lurking inside a haunted house waiting for a family to move and scare them to death – that’s just how most of these stories were all about.

People are so over rollicking “i-have-to-find-a-way-out-of-the-house” scenes, creepy door screeching noises, lame leads screaming to their lungs half the time in the movie, the sudden shutting of the door and seeing a lame ghost contorting its hideous wrinkled face on the window.

Since then, haunted house films started getting secluded that the haunted house genre  almost vanished. But Saw franchise veterans James Wan and Leigh Whannell opted back into creating a project they know would effectively revive the dying haunted house genre. Together with Paranormal Activity writer/director Oren Peli, they have proved that gore-less silent horror films are more haunting than the modern “horror”.

The storyline was really engaging given that new ideas were presented in the first half of the film. It was quite predictable though because from the trailer they have already revealed that it is not the house that’s haunted but Dalton. That meant less the thinking for me. I’ve always been the kind of person who puzzles out things inside a story that still progresses – so the more I will be able to find dots to connect, the more the movie is going to be entertaining for me.

I have to commend though the most intriguing (perhaps also the most realistic) part of the story – the use of Astral Projection as one unambiguous reason behind the condition of Dalton. To those who doesn’t know, Astral Projection is the condition where one’s soul separates from the physical body and is capable of traveling outside it. Boy, it was just great!

Insidious may have some technical flaws but its forgivable because it actually made the film even look more surreal. The shaky camera will make you feel as if you’re also an astral body – watching the helpless Lambert family go through series of paranormal activities while scaring yourself. The cinematography is brilliant, the editing is seamless and the lighting, however was sacrificed on the second half, still managed to made every scene look gloomy.

Acting-wise, the actors did not disappoint but I really did not like the cliffhanger ending.

Insidious is like a sign that horror classics shouldn’t be remade. That a movie can be original albeit some frights were borrowed from horror classics. Insidious is just the beginning of a new array of nerve-wracking films that’ll creep you out whenever a clock ticks.

The use of gothicism on any visual representations throughout the movie made the tension build up faster. A tension that was triggered by the creepy high-pitched music playing whenever a malevolent entity is present. I like how Wan turned a sudden big smile into a perturbing aftereffect in the near end. Cool and effective – creepy indeed! Insidious is an ingenious take on Classic Horror Movies!

Insidious stars Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Ty Simpkins, Lin Shaye, Leigh Whannell, Angus Sampson, Barbara Hershey and Joseph Bishara.