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Still shot from the movie: Insidious.


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. Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: C-
Violence: C
Sexual Content: A
Language: D+
Drugs/Alcohol: A
Run Time: 97
Theater Release: 01 Apr 2011
Video Release: 12 Jul 2011
MPAA Rating: PG-13
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sooz says: Mar. 25, 2011

Went to a screening of “Insidious” with my tween daughter (who’s been dying to see a scary movie).

We had a blast.  To me, this was a “real” scary movie: traditional jumps & screams from frights, nice character development w/ a plausible? story line w/ sufficient explanation & backstory, suspense & anxiety formed in the process of solving the whole haunting problem (which does involve a child in the threat of danger, but the kid never gets physically harmed, unless you count a little scrape near the beginning from a tumble), & a twisty, somewhat surprise ending. Also, moments of humor to break up the tension were scattered throughout.

All this, & without gore or gratuitious violence.  I counted the “f” word used once (but I’m from NJ).  No sex or nudity, either.  None of the ugly stuff we try to keep from our kids for as long as possible in those years when they start begging to see “R” movies. (We keep saying “no” to “Saw”)  Scary while it lasts, quickly forgotten once the movie’s over…not the cause of nightmares.

We had fun hanging onto each other for the suspenseful parts, jumping & screaming when appropriate, laughing here & there.  Afterwards,we went for ice cream & laughed & talked about all of our favorite parts.

If you like the roller coaster ride of a more traditional scary movie rather than the more prevalent gory horror movie, this movie is perfect.  And seeing a scary movie in a theater full of people is always more fun.  Loved the collective energy!

I’d recommend it for the more-daring tweens & up, as long as the younger ones were accompanied by parents/older siblings.

FYI, we have 4 kids, ages 21, 11, 8, 5.  Taking the 11 y/o was a bit of stretch for me, but I did get some information on the movie before hand, including a synopsis & rating & the reasons for the rating, & made my decision based on that, since I didn’t read any reviews of the movie beforehand.

If you like suspenseful, scary movies, go see it.  We had a blast!

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