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Perri’s Coverage of SXSW 2014

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Review: Insidious Chapter 2

Insidious_Chapter_2_PosterThe talented team of filmmakers manage to elevate the uneven narrative, but as a dedicated fan of the original, “Insidious: Chapter 2” needed to be refined and unnervingly calculating. Instead, it’s just entertaining.

The sequel picks up right where the first film left off. Dalton Lambert (Ty Simpkins) is back from The Further, but Elise (Lin Shaye) is long gone. During the police investigation, Josh and Renai take the boys to his mother Lorraine’s (Barbara Hershey) home, but almost immediately after moving in, Renai and Lorraine come to realize that they’re still being haunted.

While Renai does her best to convince Josh that their family is at risk, Lorraine takes matters into her own hands, calls up Tucker and Specs (Angus Sampson and Leigh Whannell) and starts to investigate. With the help of Elise’s old colleague Carl (Steve Coulter), they try to put the pieces together so they can close the Lambert family’s connection to the spirit world once and for all.

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Interview: The Cast and Crew of Insidious Chapter 2

Insidious_2First it secured a slew of positive reviews, then it snagged $13.3 million its opening weekend at the box office and after that, Insidious went on to spend a whopping five months in theaters and take a total of $97 million at the world wide box office – all on a $1.5 million budget! 2011’s Insidious absolutely earned its sequel.

Insidious Chapter 2 kicks off right where the first film left off. Josh Lambert (Patrick Wilson) has just returned from The Further with his astral projecting son, Dalton (Ty Simpkins), and the family gets a glimmer of hope that they no longer run the risk of losing another Lambert to the spirit world. However, almost immediately after relocating to Josh’s mother’s (Barbara Hershey) house, the bumps in the night and eerie baby monitor noises are back and it becomes apparent that Josh didn’t return from The Further alone.

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Screen Rant’s 10 Most Anticipated Horror Movies of 2013

Horror-Movie-Preivew-2013Ready for a year of straight slasher flicks, horror anthologies, paranormal entities, home invasions, and more? 2013 is due to cover just about every corner of the horror genre – including remakes, adaptations, and even a few original ideas, too.

There’s dozens of prospective nightmare-inducing productions on the way (or already in theaters), but we’ve narrowed it down to the 10 that pack the most promising source material, stellar teams of talent, innovative core concepts and/or the potential for unprecedented carnage.

Check out our 10 Most Anticipated Horror Movies of 2013.

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Interview: Insidious’ Rose Byrne

Knowing was kind of creepy and 28 Weeks Laterpretty suspenseful, but you’ve never seen Rose Byrne handle horror as she does in Insidious. She stars as Renai, a loving mother and wife who moves into a brand new home with her family. While exploring their creepy new abode, their eldest son, Dalton (Ty Simpkins), falls off a ladder and winds up in an inexplicable coma. With no sound reason for Dalton’s condition, he’s sent home from the hospital and that’s when the truly horrifying events begin.

Not only is Renai bearing quite a bit of emotional baggage at the start of the film, but the pressure continues to build throughout. Look at this from Byrne’s prospective; not only does she have to take her character through an intense arc, but she also must envelop herself in this supernatural world all while under the pressure of having just 22 days to shoot the film. Tough stuff, right? Maybe, but not for Byrne.

Byrne only had the best to say about this project from working with stellar co-stars to her top-notch team of horror filmmakers which includes Saw vets James Wan and Leigh Whannell as well as Paranormal Activity’s Oren Peli and Jason Blum. For any actress looking to dive into the genre, Byrne certainly surrounded herself with the right people. The only downside to that? They’re quite eager to throw you into some pretty horrifying situations. Hear all about Byrne’s experience makingInsidious in the interview below and, if you don’t mind losing some sleep, be sure to check out the film’s bumps in the night firsthand when the film hits theaters on April 1st.

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Review: Insidious

It’s taken three months, but we’ve finally got a 2011 horror film worth seeing; something overwhelmingly unnerving with the power to keep you up at night, Insidious. It’s got a little Nightmare on Elm Street, a part The Exorcist and a hint of Paranormal Activity, too and the results certainly honor genre expectations all while delivering an exhilarating, unique and horrifyingly unpredictable experience.

Josh and Renai (Patrick Wilson and Rose Byrne) are a pretty happy couple. They’ve had their issues, but are leaving them behind by moving into a beautiful new home with their three children. All is well until their eldest son, Dalton (Ty Simpkins), opts to do some exploring and winds up falling off a ladder in the attic. The next morning, Dalton won’t wake up. Josh and Renai take him to the hospital, but only to find out that he’s inexplicably in a coma.

Three months pass and now, not only is Dalton still in his state, but Josh and Renai have a new problem on their hands, strange and downright terrifying bumps in the night. When Renai comes to the conclusion that their new abode is haunted, unlike in any other film of the genre, the family actually moves. However, house swapping doesn’t rid them of their ghostly guests, rather intensifies the situation.

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Interview: Insidious’ Patrick Wilson

After the success of the Saw franchise and Paranormal Activity, who passes up the opportunity to work with James Wan, Leigh Whannell, Jason Blum and Oren Peli on a horror flick? Certainly not Patrick Wilson and who teamed up not only with the best of the best in the horror genre, but a talented cast too, for Insidious.

In Insidious, Wilson stars alongside Rose Byrne as Josh and Renai Lambert, a generally happy couple with promising careers and three cute kids. Problems arise when one of their kids, Dalton (Ty Simpkins), falls off a ladder and winds up in a coma – or so the doctors think. You think that’s bad? Just wait until a little while later when Dalton’s still in this state and the bumps in the night begin.

After having done big budget action films like A-Team and Watchmen, this independently run experience was a nice change of pace for Wilson. The team may have had just 22 days to film the entire feature, but between Wilson’s natural chemistry with Byrne, his existing relationship with Simpkins and enthusiasm for the unique script, making Insidious was a wholly natural and successful process. Hear all about it straight from Patrick Wilson himself in the video interview below.

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