April 1st, 2011

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

Release Year: 2010

Rating: 6.8/10 (52,884 voted)

Critic's Score: 52/100

Director: James Wan

Stars: Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Ty Simpkins

A gripping story of a family in search of help for their son, Dalton, who fell into a mysterious coma on one ordinary morning. Little do they know that there is much more to this endless sleep than meets the eye as they explore the paranormal, and rediscover the past; the key to getting their son back once and for all.

Patrick Wilson - Josh Lambert
Rose Byrne - Renai Lambert
Ty Simpkins - Dalton Lambert
Lin Shaye - Elise Rainier
Leigh Whannell - Specs
Angus Sampson - Tucker
Barbara Hershey - Lorraine Lambert
Andrew Astor - Foster Lambert
Corbett Tuck - Nurse Adele / Doll Girl #2
Heather Tocquigny - Nurse Kelly
Ruben Pla - Dr. Sercarz
John Henry Binder - Father Martin
Joseph Bishara - Lipstick-Face Demon
Philip Friedman - Old Woman
J. LaRose - Long Haired Fiend

Taglines: It's not the House that's Haunted.


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Release Date: 1 April 2011

Filming Locations: Herald Examiner - 1111 S. Broadway, Downtown, Los Angeles, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $1,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $13,271,464 (USA) (3 April 2011) (2408 Screens)

Gross: $97,009,150 (Worldwide) (8 September 2011)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

The mask Elise puts on to enter the world of dreams is the same as the mask used by the the Sandman, the master of dreams, in the comic book series of the same name, created by Neil Gaiman.

Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): When Elise first sees the demon, she describes him to Specs as having eyes, that are "like two black holes," and has him draw a picture as such. Also, Dalton's picture of the demon has a being with a red face and two completely dark spots for eyes. However, when the demon appears in person, his eyes are mostly white with tiny black pupils.

[first lines]
Dalton Lambert: Mom?
Renai Lambert: Hey, sweetie. What are you doing up? Come here.
Dalton Lambert: I don't like my room.
Renai Lambert: No? That's okay. You know, you're still getting used to it. I can't sleep either.

User Review

Scariest Movie I've Seen In Years!!!

Rating: 10/10

I went into this movie confident that it would be a cheesy, campy romp with the same "tried and true tricks of the trade," like when the hero is investigating the creepy music coming from the basement and a cat jumps into frame, but I quickly discovered that this would not be case with Insidious. After watching the move and obsessing on it for about 12 hours now, I can honestly say it's one of the scariest movies I've ever seen. In fact, there were several points during the film where I screamed like a 13-year old girl at a Justin Beiber concert. Keep in mind I was consciously trying my hardest to keep my composure, mainly because I was sitting beside my new girlfriend of 2 months. She, incidentally, didn't make a peep; thankfully, I later found out she had her eyes closed the whole time.

I was also expecting to see some blood and guts, especially coming from the guys who made Saw, but there wasn't a drop. Instead, they used just about everything else in their arsenal to scare the bejesus out of me and everyone else in the theater (my girlfriend included). From literally the opening credits, they created an intense, haunting tension that didn't leave my body till several whiskeys and half a Xanax later. And the movie constantly feeds that tension, making even the characters' mundane family life somehow seem utterly terrifying. I was actually exhausted leaving the theater from all of the uncomfortable squirming I was unable to control. I'd say it's the most calories I've ever burned while watching a movie (well, at least a PG-13 movie).

Overall, the movie was great. It was crazy scary, thoroughly entertaining, and even surprisingly funny at times. Having said that, it will be quite some time before I watch another horror movie; I have no desire to be turned into a frazzled bundle of nerves again anytime soon. So, if you plan on seeing this movie, please consider this a cautionary reminder: it's probably best to go with someone who's already witnessed you have a complete physical and mental breakdown, so as to avoid an embarrassing drive home. And maybe bring a Xanax as well.

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