(NEW YORK) -- The modern-day horror film usually has about as much originality as a strip mall. Thankfully, Insidious is more like an eccentric boutique with a few cliches.Patrick Wilson and Rose Byrne are Josh and Renai Lambert, parents of two young boys and a baby daughter. Following a few bizarre episodes, Renai is quite confident their new house is haunted. Life becomes a little more complicated when their oldest son Dalton slips into a coma for no apparent reason. Turns out Dalton is haunted -- and what we get is a low-budget horror film with swagger. In other words, Insidious is cocky -- knowing full well audience members are clenching their teeth, gripping their chairs and hiding their eyes as the hair on the back of their necks stands up. Equally as scary is the cheap payoff at the end but that can be forgiven for crafting this insanely creepy flick.
Four out of five stars.
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