JWM SPOOKATHON 2020: Insidious (2010)

A family looks to prevent evil spirits from trapping their comatose child in a realm called The Further. (IMDb)

A spooky ghost story that eventually possesses the body of a more straight forward (though still supernatural) investigative thriller, with a third act that explains the scares and establishes a clear action-plan-plot leading to the climax. It’s a unique approach that works well, following up a solid first two acts filled with excellent jump scares and well-crafted atmosphere (the startling soundtrack and second act move are dreadfully effective, though the drab cinematography is less so).

7/10 (Good)

CREEPY QUOTE: It’s not the house that is haunted. It’s your son. – Elise Reiner

SPOOKY STILL:

It Follows (2014)

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A young woman is followed by an unknown supernatural force after a sexual encounter. (IMDb)
The style is more memorable than the substance (despite the uniquely discomforting premise rooted in teenage sexuality), but this speaks mostly to the incredible atmosphere created by the former through a simply superb spooky-synth score (listen especially to the walk to the pool) and a vaguely retro adult-less Americana suburb setting, gorgeously captured in striking colour, with plenty of creeper zooms and mesmerizing tracking shots that help craft the film’s brand of (literally) slow horror.
8/10 (Great)