The Bad

Once the movie started getting into the mechanics of this ghost story, the whole thing took a turn for the boring. Turns out Dalton was using astral projection while he was asleep, making his body vulnerable for ghosts. One astral night out, Dalton got lost. Hence the crazy build-up of ghosts in their home because all of the spiritual entities were trying to cross "The Further" and into Dalton. And as exciting as "The Further" sounds, it's a pretty dull place. Just a lot of black and green smoke. Some folks might argue that the cheap execution of the ghost world was an inspired shout out to schlocky horror movies past, fair enough, but that doesn't mean it worked. The film takes a complete 180 from a haunted house picture to some sort of pseudo-science ghost hunting excursion. The deviation didn't fit in with the earlier style and theme of Insidious. was such great deviation from the beginning of the picture that it truly felt like you were watching a different movie.

The ghost world takes over the third act of the film, and just immediately starts undoing all the hard scare work Insidious set up earlier. The ghost realm just wasn't frightening, or terribly captivating. Too many secrets were spilled and the otherworldly beasts went from monsters to caricatures.

Insidious' big climax was loosely tied together with hokey smoke and green lights, it was supremely disappointing. It was such a step back for Insidious, especially since this film managed to make half of a fun flick with a budget of $800,000. Unbelievable. We applaud how much they were able to accomplish with so little. But sadly, the spiritual world and its ghost folk just looked cheap.


The Verdict

Even though The Further was a disaster, the finale pulled us right back in. As much as we disliked "the further" and its awful inhabitants, we loved it when the ghost climbed into our world. It feels wrong to write off Insidious as a failure because it fumbled the fantasy world, but it's going to be hard for a lot of people to look past "the further" (it wasn't too difficult for us, mainly because 3/4ths of this film was just so damn scary). All in all, we loved it. Great scares, good monsters and fun hunters. If you're looking for a fright, check out Insidious.