INSIDIOUS, is all about what happens after a model family -- hunky Patrick Wilson (below, left), beautiful Rose Byrne (below, right), and their two adorable kids (Ty Simpkins and Andrew Astor) -- move into a new home, then promptly move out again when they discover that the house is haunted. (Wait: That's prime horror stuff, all on its own: having to move your entire family's abode twice in quick succession?). But rather than the reality of "moving," the movie-makers (shown at left, with Whannell on the right) are interested in the unreality of... well, you'll see. And if their new film reminds you of one of the stupidest movies ever to hit theater screens -- Paranormal Activity -- the reiminscence is intentional. (The PA filmmaker Orin Peli is one of the producers listed in the Insidious credits.)
PA-2 or The Fourth Kind): a sound design (by Joe Dzuban and his crew) to die or kill for and a firm understanding of how absolutely scary are the things we almost -- but don't quite or just for a creepy, mini-second -- manage to see. The first half of the movie is full of this and should provide fans of the genre with many memorable moments.
Lin Shaye, shown above, right, with Mr. Whannell, who shows up as her assistant, "Specs") is made to spout a shitload of exposition that would easily choke the largest dinosaur from the Jurassic Park series (let alone the proverbial horse).
FilmDistrict debuts all over town (and in lots of them: Click here and then on one of the three blue bars to buy your tickets) tomorrow -- Friday, April 1 -- an appropriate opening date, if ever there was one. What? You thought you were going to see a really scary movie. April Fool!