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Sony picks up James Wan's haunted house flick Insidious

09.15.2010

Yesterday, I brought you the first clip from James Wan's INSIDIOUS. The SAW helmer is moving on to the haunted house genre, where people are terrorized by actual ghosts and demons instead of giant metal sharp things.

The film has been getting pretty good buzz as of late, and after a screening session at TIFF, there was a "marathon" barganing session for it and Sony secured the purchase for seven figures. The highest praise for it seems to be that it's "actually scary," something I can't say I've experienced since that dude crashed into the camera during PARANORMAL ACTIVITY.

POLTERGEIST meets EXORCIST seems to be the usual description, and here's that plot synopsis one more time for you:

When proud parents take possession of an old house, an accident results in one of their sons falling into a coma. The tragedy doesn't stop there when they are beset by vengeful spirits from another realm in this new chiller by the director and writer of Saw and by the producers of Paranormal Activity. The film stars Rose Byrne, Barbara Hershey and Patrick Wilson.

Extra Tidbit: Say what you will about the other films and Cary Elwes' performance, but the original SAW is a genuinely well done horror flick. It's just that we're so exhausted by the sequels we often forget that.
Source: Deadline

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9:35PM on 09/15/2010
First, I'll address the tidbit- I must respectively, but wholeheartedly disagree. The first "Saw" film was a terrible, boring, "Seven" rip-off that was not all that convincing. The second and third one though are pretty good, but the rest are really bad.

Second, this movie sounds interesting, and I loved Wan's overlooked gem in the horror genre, "Dead Silence" (one of the best horror films of the last ten years).
First, I'll address the tidbit- I must respectively, but wholeheartedly disagree. The first "Saw" film was a terrible, boring, "Seven" rip-off that was not all that convincing. The second and third one though are pretty good, but the rest are really bad.

Second, this movie sounds interesting, and I loved Wan's overlooked gem in the horror genre, "Dead Silence" (one of the best horror films of the last ten years).
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4:01PM on 09/15/2010
James Wan is awesome. Dead Silence was really underrated.

Wasn't James Wan attached to direct Castlevania at some point?
James Wan is awesome. Dead Silence was really underrated.

Wasn't James Wan attached to direct Castlevania at some point?
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3:44PM on 09/15/2010
Saw was an awesome movie, especially since it an original concept. Where they went wrong I think, is adding more deaths and traps making itself a gimmick. The whole story of the first one was a mystery trying to figure out the killer. I think most were blown away when it ended.
Saw was an awesome movie, especially since it an original concept. Where they went wrong I think, is adding more deaths and traps making itself a gimmick. The whole story of the first one was a mystery trying to figure out the killer. I think most were blown away when it ended.
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3:41PM on 09/15/2010
You had me at Rose Byrne.
You had me at Rose Byrne.
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3:36PM on 09/15/2010
I would see this for Rose alone. However, with the word going in, it definitely sounds like a hit for Wan. Good for him. Now bring on Castlevania.
I would see this for Rose alone. However, with the word going in, it definitely sounds like a hit for Wan. Good for him. Now bring on Castlevania.
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2:37PM on 09/15/2010

Sounds pretty cool..

Loved Saw. The second couple of sequels were decent and gave up after the fourth.
Loved Saw. The second couple of sequels were decent and gave up after the fourth.
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1:32PM on 09/15/2010

Saw it last night....

....no pun intended lol. It was FANTASTIC! The crowd loved it! It is very creepy and scary and sinister. This may just be James and leigh's masterpiece.
....no pun intended lol. It was FANTASTIC! The crowd loved it! It is very creepy and scary and sinister. This may just be James and leigh's masterpiece.
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1:23PM on 09/15/2010

Review

Seeing this tomorrow folks. Expect a review shortly. Buzz is good.
Seeing this tomorrow folks. Expect a review shortly. Buzz is good.
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12:08PM on 09/15/2010
I also agree with extra tidbit. I remember I bought DVD with zero expectation. Saw blew me away. It was fresh and quite original. And then came sequels.
I also agree with extra tidbit. I remember I bought DVD with zero expectation. Saw blew me away. It was fresh and quite original. And then came sequels.
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11:52AM on 09/15/2010
Movie sounds good and it's always good to see more of Patrick Wilson. Regarding the tidbit, I agree with you. If Saw was just one movie, then I think Saw would get alot more praise.
Movie sounds good and it's always good to see more of Patrick Wilson. Regarding the tidbit, I agree with you. If Saw was just one movie, then I think Saw would get alot more praise.
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