The minds that brought you Saw and Paranormal Activity have come together to create a new vision of terror, Insidious.

Josh (Patrick Wilson) and Renai (Rose Byrne) have moved their young family into an old home, only to face a crushing accident that leaves their son comatose.  They are forced to call for assistance as he lies helpless in the face of vengeful spirits known as “The Further”, which attack him as his spirit is trapped between this world and another.

Here is the official Synopsis:

Josh (Patrick Wilson) and Renai (Rose Byrne) have a happy family with their three young children. When tragedy strikes their young son, Josh and Renai begin to experience things that science cannot explain. James Wan and Leigh Whannell, the co-creators of Saw, join forces with the producers of Paranormal Activity to take you on a mind-bending journey into the world of the unknown.

Insidious has its world premiere at The Toronto International Film Festival’s “Midnight Madness Program” and no doubt aspires to achieve the same success as both Saw and Paranormal Activity.  Take a look at the clip below in which a psychic visually depicts the unseen entities that are at work in Josh and Renai’s home.

Insidious has several factors working for it. The filmmakers have a clear track record of both success and ingenuity in the horror genre. I have not seen Saw, however, I found Paranormal Activity filmically interesting and smart, if not quite as scary as many did. It demonstrated a creative solution to budgetary restraints, a powerful use of pacing to create tension, and a genuine understanding of the elements of suspense horror – a genre of horror that relies on the viewers own imagination and steers clear of the use of gratuitous gore.

Insidious is also comprised of a tremendously talented cast. Rose Byrne is dynamic and compelling against Glen Close in FX’s courtroom drama Damages. Patrick Wilson’s career includes a Golden Globe-nominated performance in Angles In America. He also turned in incredible performances in Little Children, and my favorite femme vigilante film Hard Candy (as a complex and deeply evil man). The cast is rounded out with Barbra Hershey, whose work in film and television has earned her one Academy Award nomination and both a Golden Globe and Emmy win.

No clear assessment can be made from the available clip, but I’m now looking forward to seeing more from this film.

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