Monday, January 24, 2011

Coming Soon: Insidious


I was never much of a horror movie fan, particularly because I find them to be much too predictable to be entertaining. I know, I know... Lots of movies in different other genres can be as predictable, namely romantic-comedies and maybe to a lesser extent, action movies. But horror relies fully on the ability to "shock" people, and when you can see everything coming from a mile away, maybe it's time to go back to the drawing board.

A hunk and two skanks... Chances of survival: 0%
Guess which of them is James Wan..
So imagine my delight when the Malaysian-born Australian director James Wan and his fellow Australian screenwriter Leigh Whannell announced that they came up with a new movie. If those two names sound familiar, that's because the duo were the ones who gave us the most original horror movie in recent times; Saw [2004], one of the very few horror movies that I truly appreciate. I wish I can say the same about its sequels, the following Saw movies are really just pathetic excuses for torture porn with none of the ingredients that made the original so compelling. I gave up after the third one. What about you?

Still Gettin' Jiggy Wit It
But enough about that and brace yourselves for Insidious, coming soon on April 1st. I seriously doubt that this is actually just an elaborate April Fool's prank.

Boo! Gotcha!! April Fool
Little is revealed about the plot, although you are welcomed to check out the teaser trailer HERE. But from what can be learned from reliable sources, it involves evil spirits and some kind of a nightmare you can't wake up from. Another reason to be excited, I guess; no torture porn this time around.

Yet another reason to be excited, this movie stars Patrick Wilson, pretty much a lesser-known actor around these parts. But he has a very enjoyable body of work, having starred and convincingly played his part in movies like Hard Candy [2005], Lakeview Terrace [2008], Watchmen [2009] and The A-Team [2010]. While I wouldn't tout this movie as potentially one of his best, I seriously doubt that I would dismiss his performance regardless.

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