Film Studies Movie Analysis - Insidious

Topics: Fear, Horror film, Audience Pages: 4 (1597 words) Published: May 8, 2013

“Insidious” is a 2010 horror movie centralizing around the lives of protagonists Renai (Rose Byrne) and her husband Josh (Patrick Wilson). The movie mainly focuses on the supernatural activity going on within the house, and it is later revealed that the cause of the hauntings is due to demons attempting to take over the body of their unconscious son, Dalton (Ty Simpkins). The scene I have chosen to use from “Insidious”is the scene in which Renai sees and peruses a demon resembling a small Victorian child in her house. The extract begins 38:07 into the film and ends at 41:41. I have chosen to focus on the camerawork and sound in this particular scene as I believe they are both used to an excellent standard to create the feeling of tension and claustrophobia in the audience that this scene relies upon to create the perfect atmosphere for the rather major “jump scare” at the end of the scene. This also helps towards the overall tension and claustrophobic atmosphere that the movie creates as a whole, allowing the audience to not only be truly immersed in the story, but also to feel on edge throughout, empathising with the protagonist’s situation as they are trapped, alone and confused in a hostile environment that they cannot fully comprehend, nicely mirroring the audience’s confusion as to why the “hauntings” in the house are occurring. All of this is achieved by the superb sound and camerawork used throughout the scene.

The scene begins with the movies protagonist, Renai, cleaning her son’s room and gathering trash to take to the bin outside her house. While she is doing this, slow and relaxing instrumental music plays in the background from a nearby record player, given this part of the scene a sense of peace and serenity that is contrasted by the camera slowly following Renai very closely, also given the feeling that something is watching her and is intruding in the house, and as this is a horror movie, the audience will expect that this means...
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