Insidious, Carry On Cruising, The Expendables, La Bamba, Changing Lanes: films on TV today

A haunted house, a ship of fools, a crack team of tough guys and some serious car trouble: the RadioTimes team’s pick of free-to-air films on TV today

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ANDREW COLLINS: FILM OF THE DAY
Insidious ★★★
9.00-11.05pm Film4 

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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. 


Carry On Cruising ★★★
11.40pm-1.15am ITV 

Kenneth Williams indulges in a bit of ping-pong with Esma Cannon on a rocking holiday cruise ship. Ooh-err, missus!


The Expendables ★★
9.00-11.00pm Spike 

Sylvester Stallone gathers together the biggest, toughest – and frankly, some of the oldest – action stars around for this unashamedly OTT action flick. 


La Bamba ★★★
11.30pm-1.45am Movie Mix 

Putting the spotlight on Ritchie Valens, the teenage star who perished with Buddy Holly, but not before recording a string of hits. And they’re all here.    


Changing Lanes ★★★★
1.20-3.25am Film4 

If you’ve ever succumbed to road rage, this cautionary tale starring Ben Affleck and Samuel L Jackson will give you pause for thought.


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