Friday, October 20, 2017

Countdown To Halloween // Day Twenty

Welcome back to day twenty of my countdown to Halloween series, where I share all of my favourite Halloween films. Today's film is...

Halloween Film List: Insidious 2010 Petit Belle Chaton

The film follows the Lambert family: Josh (Patrick Wilson), Renai (Rose Byrne) and their children Dalton (Ty Simkins), Foster (Andrew Astor) and baby Kali (Brynn/Madison Bowie) as they have recently moved into a new home. One night, Dalton climbs the ladder in the attic after hearing strange sounds and he falls and hurts his head. The next day, Dalton falls into a coma that cannot even be explained by the doctors. However, his parents believe there must be more to it so they turn to a spiritualist, who warns them that their son is in great danger of having his comatose body taken over by a demon.

Halloween Film List: Insidious 2010 Petit Belle Chaton

This film. This bloody film...Let's just say it's been the cause of many sleepless nights for me.

When it comes to the horror genre, more specifically ones that are of the paranormal nature, Insidious (2010) is always one that I see spoken about quite frequently. They usually say it's good but not that scary and I'm always left thinking, are they lying or do they really not find this completely terrifying like I do? And if so, howNow, I'm not a person that gets scared easily by films. When I'm watching them with people, they'll be covering their eyes and usually, I'll laugh. I wasn't even phased by IT (2017) but this just affects me a lot for some reason, it's goosebump-inducing. 

It's not the usual cleverly timed jump scares that makes this film scary, it's the story. Maybe not everyone will find this to be as terrifying as I do but I think it's because it affects me on an almost personal level. Ever since I was a baby, I've always had a major issue with sleeping. It got so bad that until quite recently, I was on sleeping tablets for years. I always had really bad nightmares and weird and intense dreams, that left me feeling more tired when I woke than I had felt before I went to sleep. I guess it's just the fact that I lucid dream a lot...but watching a film that features astral protection when you're someone who does lucid dreams is pretty terrifying. 

Halloween Film List: Insidious 2010 Petit Belle Chaton

Directed by 
James Wan, who you may know from his previous works such as Saw, Dead Silence, The Conjuring and Annabelle. I've watched quite a few of his films and I really enjoy them. Even though he does use jumpscares, they're not used in the most obvious way. There are points where you're just waiting for a jump scare and they just don't come. Instead, he uses clever camera movements and colour to set the mood, as well as having an impressive sound design and the creepiest score to really make the audience feel uneasy and trigger all those goosebumps. 

One of the scenes that terrified me the most is kind of silly but it's where "Tip Toe Through The Tulips" is played and still to this day, I cannot listen to that song. It's even referenced in the first Harry Potter book and even that made me feel on edge. A big fat nope, forever with that song. (I would link it but I don't even want to have to find the video on YouTube, sorry)

If you're looking for a scary film to watch this Halloween, give this a go! It may be only a PG13 but it much more terrifying than most RatedR movies I've seen. 

Halloween Film List: Insidious 2010 Petit Belle Chaton

"It's not the house that is haunted. It's your son."

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