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A family looks to prevent evil spirits from trapping their comatose child in a realm called The Further. (via IMDb)
What I Liked
- I’ve never really been one for watching scary films, but recently, I decided that I need to give them a chance. The idea of being scared out of my wits is appealing, on some level, so I don’t know why I’ve shied away from these films for so long. Finding a decent horror that appeals to me is proving difficult, so when I saw that Insidious was on the television, I thought I might as well give it a watch, even though my friend Hannah had told me that it wasn’t very good. It was fine for the first half, and genuinely quite creepy. The voice through the baby monitor was suitably weird and scary, and the rocking horse behind the door with nobody on it freaked me out just fine.
- I like Rose Byrne a lot, and I think I like Patrick Wilson, although it’s not clear to me what I might have seen him in before. They are both perfectly likeable screen presences, and they do a pretty good job for half a film here.
What I Didn’t Like
- The film hit a point, and then started to go rapidly downhill. If you’re curious, that point was the bloody handprint in the bed of the comatose child. Rose Byrne’s character finds blood in the bed of her sleeping child, and that on its own would have been fine, but then it transpires that it’s a handprint, and that just makes it ludicrous, somehow.
- The two men who are brought in with the medium to investigate the paranormal happenings are clearly meant to be the comedy double act, but nothing they say or do is funny. At all.
- The reason the start of the film is scary is that you aren’t seeing the things that are doing the haunting. The voice in the baby monitor doesn’t appear to have a body, the rocking horse doesn’t have anyone on it, and although you see something in the baby’s bedroom, it’s just a glimpse, and it’s not clear what it is. The imagination is way, way scarier than anything a special effects team can dream up, so when you finally get to see the demon with the red face sitting behind the dad, it’s just not scary. It’s actually laughable rather than scary, and so disappointing.
- Once the family employ the services of Elise, the medium, and Josh enters ‘The Further’, things go rapidly downhill. To the point where I was actually quite bored. It’s one thing for a horror film to be short on scares, it’s quite another for it to be boring.
Why Should You See This Film?
I can’t honestly recommend that you do see this film; as someone who has avoided horror films for years because I am quite easily spooked, this film didn’t scare me one bit. The early promise very quickly dries up and it turns into, frankly, a boring and tame film. It was recommended to me by more than one person, so I wonder if maybe I’m just missing something, but it’s not one that I’ll hurry to watch again.