Here we are again in the realm of recommending a relatively recent hit horror film. It’s always a funny situation because once a film becomes a huge hit, its success usually overlooks the content itself. Well, with Insidious, I want to take it back to why this film became such a huge hit in the first place. Like many other films recently, Insidious was a film festival darling before it was released to audiences. I heard endless tales about screenings at the Toronto Film Festival where people were absolutely floored by it. So it already had a bit of a reputation and mystique before I had even gotten to see it. Once I saw it, I immediately understood why this film was going to be a huge hit. Another film directed by James Wan (The Conjuring, Saw), the man just seems to know exactly what scares audiences lately. The premise is about a family who’s son falls into a coma, and soon discovers that his coma is because of supernatural, not medical, reasons. Such a simple and effective hook (“It’s not the house that’s haunted… it’s your son.”) But additionally, this film worked because its main purpose is simply to scare the absolute bejesus out of you. No gore or gross out stuff. Just simple suspense and terror. Plus, when this film is the most effective for me is when you seem to see things in the broad daylight. The red demon behind Patrick Wilson gets me every time. Now, I will say, things get a bit… weird, in the 3rd act. And to be completely honest, they kind of lost me with the final reveal of the main demon since he’s a little too CGI for me. But I’m a forgiving soul. The rest of the film was really fantastic so I’ll let that slide. Overall, it captures a feeling of suspense and dread that most films simply can’t. It’s original, well acted, and really scary. Insidious: Chapter 2 just came out recently, but start here first. Sit back and enjoy.