Picture from Insidious
Overall C-

Strange things begin to happen after a couple (Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne) moves into a new home with their three children. Suspecting the house might be haunted, they seek professional help only to find out it is their son (Ty Simpkins) -- not the building -- that is possessed.

Violence C
Sexual Content A
Profanity D+
Substance Use A

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for thematic material, violence, terror and frightening images, and brief strong language.

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