ANDREW COLLINS: FILM OF THE DAY Insidious ★★★ 9.00-11.05pm Film4
It doesn’t seem that long ago that Insidious was a supernatural horror film. Now it’s a supernatural horror franchise, its first two instalments grossing well over $200 million, with a third due in May 2015. The directing and writing team of James Wan and Leigh Whannell must be hoping it has the legs of Saw, another franchise they kick-started. Essentially a ghost story, Insidious bucked the ingrained mid-budget horror tradition for casting unknowns by using name actors Patrick Wilson (Watchmen) and Rose Byrne (Bridesmaids) as parents of a troubled son who move to a new suburban home where strange events occur. Creaky doors, ghostly whispers, mysterious handprints, you’ve seen it all before but it’s not without its jumpy moments, and it’s subtle, too. There’s a daylight sequence where Wan’s camera pans through the house during the song Tiptoe through the Tulips; just keep your eyes peeled.
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