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"Insidious" is Making Me Lose Sleep

Updated on February 27, 2017
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Jeannie has been writing for HubPages for over 7 years. She covers a wide variety of topics—anything from hamsters to office work.


Horror Movies Need to be Scary

Let me start this by saying I do not scare easily. This is a really important statement to keep in mind throughout my hub / confession / therapy session I have going on here.

When I was a child, I watched every horror movie that came out. 99% of the time nothing bothered me. My parents felt as long as I enjoyed the movies and I was not afraid, I was being taught to be brave in some way. My favorite movie when I was a little girl was Poltergeist. It made me happy because it actually scared me and that was an achievement. Oh, that ugly little clown doll!

Basically, this is the same theory I've taken with me into adulthood regarding horror movies: if it can scare me, it is a winner. I thought Blair Witch Project was pretty scary. The children's voices in the woods did actually disturb me. I lost a little bit of sleep that night. So therefore, Blair Witch was a thumbs up.

Next, there was the ultimate horror movie. I saw The Ring 9 years ago when it first came out thinking it would be nothing. The previews looked interesting, but not that scary. Boy, was I ever wrong. By the end of the movie, one of my friends had her face buried in right arm and my other friend had her face buried in my left arm. I refused to turn away. I was actually scared! I was shaking from watching that movie. Of course, it did add to my fear that people wear literally screaming and hiding behind their seats. Nonetheless, I agreed with them. A movie really scared me! It was amazing. The Ring will always get an A+ in my book.

After that, horror movies fell short for me.  I laughed at Paranormal Activity.  I snorted at The Last Exorcism.  Give me something scary!  I was practically demanding it from Hollywood.  Well, what do you know?  They delivered.

Insidious Trailer


I'm not going to say Insidious is perfect. It isn't. I could be picky about a lot of details that just did not add up in the movie, but I am not going to do that. Insidious was actually scary and I need to give it credit for that.

The movie starts off kind of lame. I suppose this is so we get lulled into a false sense of comfort. Not me - I know that old trick. I knew something had to be coming. After about 15 to 20 minutes of boredom, the movie kicks in. There are more ghosts than you can shake a stick at.

In the first half of the movie, I found the ghosts to be rather subtle. I don't know about you, but that is how I like my ghosts. It is a lot eerier that way. For some reason, someone or something peering in a window has always bothered me. I think it goes back to the old Twilight Zone episode with William Shatner in the plane. When William Shatner pulls the curtain back and that monster is staring him in the face - priceless!

The ghosts are a lot more obvious and even a bit overwhelming in the last half of the movie. It is just one disturbing image after another. I was more afraid of the ghosts in the first half of the movie, but really disturbed by the ghosts (or whatever they really were) in the second half.

So I left the theater a little shaky. I blamed that on my lack of food for the day. Of course, I would be fine later. Right? Wrong.


The After Effects

I am not sure what is going on in my life now to cause such anxiety. Perhaps I am overly stressed working too many hours each week. Maybe my financial woes have finally pushed me over the edge. Whatever the reason may be, it really doesn't matter. Insidious freaked me out.

For a few nights now, just as I am about to go to sleep, those disturbing images come back into my head. It hasn't helped that I keep hearing strange noises in my apartment at night. Of course it is just a neighbor in another apartment. I know that. Of course I know that!  However, when it is midnight and I am wide awake, rational thought is not always there.  I am ever so grateful for Conan reruns on TBS On Demand to keep me from thinking about the ghost-demon that is surely going to attack me the second I close my eyes.

Yesterday, I was eating lunch at work by myself.  Usually I never eat by myself, but as luck would have it, this was the case.  I had forgotten the outside windows were being cleaned. We are located on the 7th floor, so naturally, I was not expecting a random guy to come floating by the window.  I looked up, saw a man flying by the window, and I almost screamed.  I was sure one of those ghost demon things were coming for me. Needless to say, lunch was over.

The Bottom Line

You may ask yourself, why am I rambling on about this? Is this a cry for help? Well, actually now that I think about it, maybe. But no, honestly, I am over it. Really.

So what I am really trying to say is - Insidious is a great movie! Maybe I've been under too much pressure lately and perhaps my nerves have gotten the best of me, but this is still a truly scary movie. Take it from me, if a movie can scare me days later, it is an awesome movie. If you scare easily, this is not the flick for you. If nothing ever scares you, give it a try.

If you did not have an opportunity to see this movie at the theater, you are in luck. Insidious was released on July 12, 2011 on DVD, Blu-Ray, and it is available On Demand. Make sure to check it out. You might just want to leave the lights on while you watch it.

UPDATE: Insidious Chapter 2 & Insidious Chapter 3

The much awaited sequel to Insidious, Insidious Chapter 2, will be out at theaters on September 13, 2013, according the Dread Central. Earlier this year, there was even a contest for fans to enter so one fan could have a small role in the movie. Somehow, and I can't believe this, I was not picked! I will survive though. I suppose I can look forward to having more nightmares in September!

September 2013 Update: After having seen Insidious Chapter 2 this weekend, I know I can wholeheartedly recommend this movie for any Insidious fan. I was not sure the movie would make sense considering how the first Insidious ending, but it indeed did work for me. Not only does the movie begin at exactly the time the last movie left off, it also explains other mysteries from the first movie.

I do believe it would be in a viewer's best interest to see the first Insidious before going to see the second movie, but it does explain enough so a new fan could enjoy it as well. I do not feel "traumatized" this time after seeing Insidious Chapter 2, but it was very intense. I felt like this movie was not as subtle as the first movie, but it featured far more action. I give it two thumbs up! As far as sequels go, this one does not disappoint. Now, I can just sit back and wait for the next installment, which I will also eagerly pay to see.

Update, May 2015: Insidious III Chapter 3 is set for release on June 5, 2015. This is a prequel to Insidious and Insidious Chapter 2. It will not feature the same family fans have gotten to know in the first two movies, but will still have the psychic and her two helpers.

Copyright ©2011, ©2013, ©2015 Jeannieinabottle

Insidious Chapter 2

Insidious III - Coming Soon on June 5, 2015


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    Jeannie InABottle 5 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    That is a pretty intense dream. I have night terrors too, but they are usually not reoccuring like that. You might want to see a doctor about it. At the end, when you feel paralyzed, I believe that is something called "sleep paralysis." You should look it up and see if that sounds like what you are experiencing. I hope the nightmares stop soon!

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    ramikade 5 years ago

    I honestly can't sleep because I feel as if a spirit is trying to take my body!

    I've had the same dream a few times even before watching insidious, however the dream changes depending where I fall asleep that night.

    I wake up in my bed as I usually do, but then I start hearing these knocks, then my vision goes bright white for a few seconds and everything looks grainy. I stand up believing I'm actually awake until I open my door and there's a figure of an old woman wearing a tattered white dress.

    Usually I attempt to hide and I wake up, although tonight I tried confronting it and I actually charged towards it, but it hid in my bathroom. As I came through the hallway I turned and looked into the bathroom and I reached out and was able to grab it, this thing was so overpowering it slammed me up against the wall.

    I then woke up for real this time, however for about 3 seconds I was completely paralyzed and had a bunch of pressure on the sides of my ribs as though someone was holding me down.

    I seriously don't want to go back to sleep as this happened to me at my old house, but it was even more terrifying.

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    Jeannie InABottle 5 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    Oh, you should totally watch horror movies. They are awesome. I like being scared out of my mind. :-) I always feel better about my own life after the movie. Thanks for dropping by and thanks for the vote up!

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    Paula 5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    I've never seen a horror flick in my entire life and that's a long long time.

    You see.......I'm kind of normal and don't feel the need to try to scare the ever-loving sh** out of myself so that I will barf and have nightmares and get paranoid after dark.

    But, you go right ahead. I understand all about people like you. UP+++

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    Jeannie InABottle 5 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    Insidious is pretty awesome. The ending is a bit ridiculous, but you are right... at least the movie is semi-original. I am also tired of all the terrible remakes. I liked how no one remade The Exorcist. Instead, they simply re-released the original movie a few years back. Obviously realizing they could never outdo the original. Thanks for the comment!

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    Penelopesweet 5 years ago

    I loved this movie :) Like you I don't scare easily at all so the fact that it gave me the creeps was pretty cool and it was the first movie I had seen in a long time with a semi original story line. Most of the horror that comes out now is remakes of movies from the 80's ... not that there not good but it is getting old lol. Nice hub, fun read.

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    Jeannie InABottle 6 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    Oh yes, the demon! He was so scary! The creepy ghosts bothered me the most. Those twin doll ladies were just not normal. Thanks for visiting my hub.

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    Jamie Brock 6 years ago from Texas

    Jeannie, I feel the same as you.. I thought this movie was pretty darned creepy. Especially that red and black face with blue eyes or were they white? That thing was creepy.. I gotta say, I haven't seen one this creepy in quite some time. Voting up :)

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    Jeannie InABottle 6 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    Yes, Insidious is actually scary! I try to get everyone to watch it. I now own the DVD and watch it all the time without any issues, but it was awesome when it first came out. I love that movie! Thanks for reading my hub about it!

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    Keith James Kennedy 6 years ago from Milwaukee, WI

    I could not agree more. I didn't think "scary movies" actually existed till this. I'm the guy that laughs at horror flicks and the people at haunted houses, but when I saw this movie, I was holding onto my girlfriend like a human shield. She, herself, had seen the movie several times already, and she was still jumping at every part. Suspense in real life situations really goes far in movies I think.

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    Jeannie InABottle 6 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    Insidious can definitely make a person jumpy. I also liked the way the ghosts were not always fully revealed. Subtle is much more scary than in-your-face ghosts. Those doll girls were so creepy. There is something unsettling about only slightly altering a person's face in an unnatural way. Once again, subtle is usually more disturbing than anything else. Thanks for visiting my page and thanks for the comment!

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    Cnoiles 6 years ago

    I myself wasn't exserly scared. Jumpy at parts, but not fully scared.

    If I were younger, scary images like that will scare me for life, it took me years to get over that scene, in that cartoon movie with beasts at the bottem of the pool (or something). But at this age I didn't seem bothered.

    Exsept those girls, or whatever, I nearly reached the roof, when Josh turned around, and there they were, with that creepy smile.

    But this is still my top favorite movie. I love the way, alot of the ghosts aren't fully revealed, they should do that with, more, movies these days.

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    Jeannie InABottle 6 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    Wow, I can't believe you were bored. The first part of the movie is a little slow, but then I think it really picks up. Also, it might help seeing it in the theater. It was way scarier that way. Thanks for the comment!

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    Rachelle Williams 6 years ago from Tempe, AZ

    This is an excellent review. I actually just saw Insidious a couple of weeks ago, and it bored me to tears.

    But, then again, I haven't really been scared of anything since watching Linda Blair and Ellen Burstyn interact together in that very scary little horror flick from 1973.

    Great Hub.

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    Jeannie InABottle 6 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    It is very scary and I was not expecting that. Yes, you should see if your husband will watch it with you. Just keep an eye out while watching the movie - you have to really look for some of the ghosts in certain scenes. My parents just watched it for the first time and I had to pause and reverse one scene for them. Thanks for reading and for the comment!

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    Marianne 6 years ago from Ambler, Pa

    Great hub Jeannie!

    I didn't see Insidious, only because the commercials themselves were so scary. (That black figure standing next to the child's bed!! Freaky!)

    I too, grew up loving scary movies.

    Maybe I can get my husband to watch it with me!

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    Jeannie InABottle 6 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    I am glad you enjoyed the hub. I understand what you mean about some of the movie. The ending was starting to get a bit outrageous. However, I was actually scared and that is extremely rare for me. Thanks for the votes and thanks for the comment!

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    Carl 6 years ago

    Great review, I agree about the ghosts being subtle in the first half and that they did get scarier later on. But as a horror movie freak the story is hackneyed, cinematography was a little messy, some of Lin Shaye's dialogue was cheesy and silly, and the ending was predictable. But I still enjoyed it and I'm glad you did too. Keep up the great work, Voted Up, Useful, Funny, Awesome, Beautiful, and Interesting :)

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    Jeannie InABottle 6 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    I agree, the first half of the movie is far more scary because it is subtle. The second half is a bit much, but I suppose some people enjoy that more. Insidious has something for everyone.

    I suppose it depends on the child as far as horror movies go. I loved horror movies even as a little girl. I enjoyed Poltergeist so much, my parents took me to see it twice when I was 6. I guess now that family knows the one little kid is not a horror movie fan.

    Thanks for the comment!

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    Stephanie Wideman 6 years ago from Stafford, VA

    I remember seeing Insideous. Like you, I love horror movies and they don't always scare me. The first half scared me more than the second half. Actually, I was less scared by the second half because it was so in your face. I like subtle ghosts best.

    What I really remember was this family in front of me. Mom, Pop, teenage kid, middle school kid, little kid. I'm not one to tell people how to raise their kids, but I feel that horror movies should be viewed at home with little ones. Sure enough, part way through, I hear the little kid crying, "Mommy, I want to leave. Mommy, I want to go!" and the mother saying, "Hush." I dont' think that kid enjoyed the movie.

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    Jeannie InABottle 6 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    Yes, I know what you mean. The last part was a bit too much even for me. I do enjoy the movie, but some of that was just ridiculous. Thanks for your comment!

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    Keith Abt 6 years ago from The Garden State

    Rented this movie last night and enjoyed it. It started to fall apart for me in the last twenty minutes or so but that first hour of build up ... wow. I actually jumped a few times and I'm old and jaded so that rarely happens to me anymore. Haha.

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    Jeannie InABottle 6 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    I've watched Insidious about 6 or 7 times now since buying the DVD and it does lose its edge after the first viewing or so. It is still creepy and it is nice to actually own a good horror movie again. Thanks for the comment!

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    Trevorduncan 6 years ago from Abilene, TX

    Like you, I am a big fan of horror movies and I have got to say that this is one of the few that actually creeped me out a little. Thanks for sharing

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    Jeannie InABottle 6 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    Hahaha... I am glad you enjoyed it. I bought it on DVD yesterday. Don't worry - it is not too scary the second time you see it. You will remember which parts are scary and you will know when to cover your eyes. Thanks for the comment!

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    pinkydoo 6 years ago from New York

    My husband just ordered this movie on pay per view...I's one of the SCARIEST movies in a long time! I screamed out loud in my living room!It's excellent and other words, DON'T WATCH IT ALONE (and I would not want to LIVE alone after I watch it)!

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    Jeannie InABottle 7 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    Thank you for reading my hub. Insidious is a very scary movie. Thanks for the vote up and the comment.

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    Fluffy77 7 years ago from Enterprise, OR

    Great review here, I'm going to have to see this one now for sure! I too grew up on many scary movies, and judge the really scary one's in very much the same way you do. Check out my new hub on the movie The Rite, take the pole this could be an interesting hub review too. Voted you up here, useful and awesome too!

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    Jeannie InABottle 7 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    Thanks for the link. It is funny that it mentions Scream 4. I was supposed to go see Scream 4 (Scream is my favorite movie) but Insidious was playing again at the same time. I knew if I went to see it I would probably end up going to see Insidious all over again and start the nightmare process again. So I did not bother to go to the movies at all!

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    UltimateMovieRankings 7 years ago from Virginia

    I read this right after reading your monopoly hub....thought you might like to read it....

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    Jeannie InABottle 7 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    Yes, you must see this movie when it is released in the UK. Some of it is a little silly, but there are so many disturbing images. The movie still haunts me a little, but at least I am no longer losing sleep. Thank you for reading and voting up!

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    Mohan Kumar 7 years ago from UK

    I love the way you have described the after effects- like you I seek to be sacred and have managed to find only a very few movies that unsettle me- The ring was certainly one of them- I am going to watch out for Insidious when its released over here in UK. voted up!

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    Jeannie InABottle 7 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    Thanks for the vote up. I am proud to say I actually got some sleep last night. Maybe writing this hub was therapeutic.

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    UltimateMovieRankings 7 years ago from Virginia

    Great review ....I will have to put this one on my list to watch.....I agree about The of the final images when she comes out of the tv....still freaks me out....good luck sleeping as Insidious works its way out of your mind....voted up


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