For the most part, mainstream horror is filled with faceless indestructible slashers hacking up hapless teenagers. That can be fun but the formula is getting a little bland and a good old fashioned haunted house flick is just what doctor ordered for this rebooted, remade, and refried lanquishing genre.
Think back to great haunted house flicks that made the hair stand up on the back of your neck: Poltergeist, The Shining, The Amityville Horror and even sci-fi flicks like Alien and Event Horizon. The sheer prospect of genre innovators James Wan, Leigh Whannell, and Oren Pelli working on a haunted house flick should have everyone thinking twice about ever going indoors again.
The last time James Wan and Leigh Whannell were in Toronto they kicked off the Saw series which went on to become the most lucrative horror franchise in the history of the genre. Saw and Hostel, which Eli Roth premiered at TIFF in 2002, mainstreamed graphic torture based horror. This year Wan & Whannel have teamed up with producer Oren Pelli, the creative force behind last year’s breakout horror hit Paranormal Activity, are in Midnight Madness with the supernatural haunted house flick Insidious. If hauntings are the next big thing in horror movies then Insidious is on the forefront of the coming wave.
Insidious screening times:
Tuesday, Sept. 14. 11:59pm Ryerson
Thursday, Sept. 16. 3:00pm AMC 9