Monday, June 6, 2011

Insidious - How To Make Your Hair Stand on End

I've heard of astral projections. But never in the context of a horror story. In this entity, the "spirit" assumes an out-of-body experience, leaving the physical body behind, taking the form of an "astral body" traveling to a realm habitated by malevolent spirits. In James Wan's "Insidious", the astral body navigates to what they call "further" - a dark brooding world of hopelessness and desperation.

I was never a fan of James Wan, the director who megged the first S&M cine-trash, "Saw". This Malaysian-born megman has sculpted a film that, though on the surface, reeks of cliches: a happy family moves to a seemingly haunted house, a possessed child, and things that bump in the dark - is nevertheless a nail-biter. Wan succeeds in manner of presentation.

Sure, there are ashen faced zombie-like creatures that stand behind curtains and sinister looking ghouls with "fire on his face", but they navigate around even in the daylight. After all, monsters don't always sleep in the daytime. A lot of horror films pattern their creepy creatures after the sleep-wake cycle of Dracula: awake in the night, devours people, have fangs and generally possess bad teeth; afraid of the crucifix, and photophobic. Ho-hum.

Well, surprise! In "Insidious", we find them hiding at the cupboards while the sun's poetically beaming in middle class America. We even see one dancing to an old spinning record, his back turned against the home owner. I had shivers! And, finally, we find them playing with the alarm! And by gosh! Made my hair stand on end! I was all spooked out!


When the Lamberts move to a new house, their first child Dalton (Ty Simpkins) falls off a ladder then goes into coma, although examinations show "no cranial injuries" and normal electroencephalogram readings. When sightings of ghastly creatures become incessantly disturbing, Josh and Renai (Patrick Wilson and Rose Byrne, respectively) decide to move to a new place - again! But it becomes clear it isn't the house that's haunted. It's the comatose child Dalton. Now how do they get rid of these pesky "visitors", all out to claim the "empty shell" in Dalton's body?

Give yourself a good scare. Catch it now!

The man with fire on his face...

Rose Byrne

Rose Byrne

Rose Byrne: This Australian actress plays Moira MacTaggert in the spectacular "X-Men First Class".

Patrick Wilson: He was a multi-awarded stage actor (even won for the musical, "The Full Monty") before making it to the silver screen. He'll be seen next in the morality drama, Matthew Chapman's "The Ledge" along side Liv Tyler,

Patrick Wilson (above and below) - As an award-winning stage actor, he even played a big role in "Miss Saigon", essaying the role of Chris (Kim's lover). So you can imagine how powerful his singing voice should be. "Last Night of the World", anyone?

While on the subject of shivers and hair-raising spectacle, hear Patrick Wilson sing "Why God Why" for a scene in Cameron MacIntosh's "Miss Saigon". Amazing powerful voice in this video:

And don't stop there, listen to his "All I Ask of You", his duet with Emy Rossum for "Phantom of the Opera".

Insidious, for those who aren't too familiar with the word, is an adjective that means "stealthily treacherous or deceitful".


duduy said...

Patrick Wilson: 4 paragraphs.
Rose Byrne: 1 sentence.

I know he's gorgeous but c'mon; a little more love for the salacious Jackie Q please.

Cathy Pena said...


Why oh why?

Because Rose Byrne comes off a bit dour in this movie and even in a slambang blockbuster like “X-Men First Class”. And with “dour”, I don’t mean it in a pejorative sense. ;-> Simply put, she was a somnambulist’s dream. Gone are her “Get Him to the Greek” days?

Are you sure you’re not someone named RM aka Libido man?

duduy said...

and to think that 'greek' was only last year...
uh no. i'm not one to trot around my bedroom prowess on the internet regardless of how awesome they are.

Cathy Pena said...

"Trot around your bedroom prowess?" Hmm... something's amiss. :->

Am glad you rate your concupiscent talent with such generous appraisal. Men and their inherent assumption of greatness...! You're a regular stand-up comedian. LOL

Re: Ms. Byrne - goes to show it doesn't take a year to turn from promising to hurm... "middling"?

Real RM said...

"uh no. i'm not one to 'trot around' my bedroom prowess on the internet regardless of how awesome they are."

- nice one.

check the IP ms. cathy. it's not me.

Cathy Pena said...

Ok, RM. If you say so. :->

duduy said...

Haha. Men indeed. Good thing i am merely a boy who never grew up.

Cathy Pena said...

Interesting. I thought Peter Pan was unique. Are you two acquainted?

sineasta said...

It's been days since I saw Insidious, yet its images are still on my mind! It lingers like a good horror film should be! It has this '70s creepy feel that is dark and twisted and will give you nightmares. I swear, I had a terrible headache the other night and I was so nauseous I was dreaming of Insidious!

Ang dami niyang creepy characters that are hard to forget. Like the one you mentioned na nagsasayaw. We didn't see how it really looked like, but its image alone got me scared!

I saw it alone and my own bag strap scared the hell out of me! Haha. Akala ko may humawak na sa balikat mo.

Cathy Pena said...


I really froze when I saw the reed-thin creature dancing. Oh my gosh, even the memory of it gives me goosebumps.

I think that creature is the same one - the "one with fire on his face". Remember the scene when Josh finally found Dalton, and there was a colorful room up the 2nd floor? The creature there was dancing while a vinyl record was spinning, playing music. He was the one "with fire on his face". Then they had to find their way back aimlessly... in sheer darkness. Really spooky.

sineasta said...

yeah, i thought they are one and the same? so, could it also be the "kid" from the cabinet?

"his" fingers reminded of Freddie Krueger in his heydays! haha.

i'll never listen to that song the same way again!

Cathy Pena said...


I didn't even get that song. You know the title? All I know is that I was so scared... his hands were like moving skeleton hands, and he was swaying his hips animatedly. Ohgosh!