Characters played by Patrick Wilson and Rose Byrne move into an old house with their three children.
It appears to be haunted. Creaky floors, doors open inexplicably. Something placed in one place ends up in another. That sort of thing.
The couple’s oldest child encounters a spook in the attic and the next day goes into an inexplicable coma. She and the comatose children are terrorized by spooks. Dad is in a fugue and stays away as much as possible.
Turns out the house is not haunted. It’s the kid.
By movie mid-point, Byrne’s character tells her husband she can’t stand the weirdness and wants to move.
I whispered to a critic friend that I wished I could go with her. By then, Insidious slows to a complete crawl and a series of supposed-to-make-you-jump scenes. Any kind of movement is welcome.
Soon after, the wish to move new characters and some comedy is introduced. That is almost as unnatural as the film’s haunted house premise.
Not much about Insidious works. The early sections are admittedly creepy and very well done. The plot deterioration kicks into high gear at the scenery switch. By the climax, it unravels to a predictable stall.
But to director James Wan’s credit, his film is really creepy. Not good. But creepy.
Mr. Movie rating: 2 stars
Rated PG-13 for mature themes, violence and scary places. It opens Friday, April 1 at the Carmike 12 and at the Fairchild Cinemas 12.
5 stars to 4 1/2 stars: Must see on the big screen
4 stars to 3 1/2 stars: Good film, see it if it's your type of movie.
3 stars to 2 1/2 stars: Wait until it comes out on video.
2 stars to 1 star: Don't bother.
0 stars: Speaks for itself.