Insidious is a supernatural scary movie directed by James Wan and written by Leigh Whannell, starring Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, and Barbara Hershey, and released in 2010. It is the first film in the Insidious franchise and the third in the series’ chronological order.
The plot revolves around a couple whose son falls into a vegetative state and becomes a receptacle for a variety of nasty astral beings. On September 14, 2010, Insidious had its global premiere at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), and FilmDistrict released it nationwide on April 1, 2011. A sequel, Chapter 2 (2013), as well as two prequels, Chapter 3 (2015) and The Last Key (2018), have been released since the film’s release.
Wan’s response to the Saw franchise’s popularity was to make this film. While Wan noted in an interview with Entertainment Weekly that he was ‘extremely proud of the original Saw film, he also thought that the picture, particularly the violence and gore, turned off some individuals and made them afraid to work with him. Insidious was made partly to show that Wan could make a film without the level of brutality present in the Saw franchise.
Joseph Bishara, who also plays the devil in the movie, composed the musical score for Insidious. The score, which was performed with a quartet and a piano, was improvised and arranged during the editing process, however, some recording sessions began before filming.
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