In 2009, Oren Peli and Jason Blum took the classic horror tropes of a haunted house and demonic possession, then stripped them down to their essence by shooting the whole thing with a camcorder and unknown actors.
Two years later, the producer team decided to hook up with "Saw" creators James Wan & Leigh Whannell to do the same thing, only this time with movie stars and shot like normal. Twisted!
Now that these titans of terror have collided (creatively), we get a trailer showing what has oozed forth from their collective horror hive mind, and the result is insidious. It's also called "Insidious." Coincidence? We think not.
With shades of "Poltergeist" and "Amityville Horror," "Insidious" weaves a dread-soaked tale of a normal married couple with three beautiful, normal kids and a very normal house, except when their house becomes haunted and their kid goes into a ghost-induced coma that takes him into the realm of evil known as The Further. You'd think modern pediatricians would be able to diagnose a demonic possession early, right?
The creeptacular titlecard "Insidious is Insidious is Insidious, etc" repeats ad nauseam, and the overall tweaky, paranoid vibe of the footage gives this piece an edge that promises it will not be your average, run-of-the-mill scare factory. If all else fails, at least Patrick Wilson ("Watchmen") and Rose Byrne ("Get Him to the Greek") will look good running around all scared and junk for 90 minutes.
Word out of the premiere last year at the Toronto International Film Festival is that the film is a solid, fun flick with enough spooky thrills and surprises to subvert the well-worn territory. Check out the trailer below, which premiered on SyFy's Blastr.