This is what happens when people grow up thinking “Final Destination” & “I know What You Did Last Summer” are horror movies, think that vampires sparkle and go to high school even when they are over 300 years old (Can you say statutory rapist?), and get over exposed to watered down remakes (I’m looking at you Nightmare on Lame, ugh I mean Elm Street remake.)There are a bunch of reaction videos on Youtube starring people between the ages of 14 and 22 (I’m guessing based on appearance.) all saying that this was the scariest movie they ever saw. Maybe it is, or maybe they were tricked by the PG-13 rating into thinking that it wouldn’t be that scary.
That is not to say that Insidious wasn’t scary. It was scary and unsettling. It also proved again that something PG-13 could be scary. Remember both Poltergeist and The Ring were rated PG and PG-13 respectively. However this girl’s reaction would not have been this severe had she already seen movies like Poltergeist, The Exorcist, CandyMan, John Carpenter’s Prince of Darkness, Halloween (The original, not that *Rob Zombie bull$h!t) etc; real Horror movies.
I guess maybe it’s a generational thing. I grew up during a time when people took their kids to drive-in theaters to watch the scariest of movies without a second thought. A time when uncles thought it was funny to tell kids about the monster in the closet, and the one under the bed, just to scare us. We went Trick or Treating at night without grown-ups, just a teenaged older brother or sister and a group of friends, and other teens tried to jump out of the bushes to scare us. Good times. It scared the crap out of us, but it was fun.
Then all of a sudden people began to be really over protective of their children. I mean I went to high school with some people who weren’t allowed to watch R rated and some PG-13 rated movies. I heard and saw R rated content in the school lunch room (people cursing one another out over boyfriends, people talking about who they slept with and how it went, and girl fights that left clumps of hair on the floor), so that seemed pointless. Hell, I learned the limerick, “There once was a man from Nantucket, whose d!ck was so long he could suck it. As he said with a grin, while wiping his chin. If my ear was a ¢unt I would fu¢k it.”, from the bathroom wall! Some classmates even said to me, oh I’m not allowed to watch movies with nudity. Um if you are about 15-16 I don’t see why you wouldn’t be allowed to view boobs, especially when you probably have a pair of your own. But let me get back to my point.
This girl’s reaction isn’t surprising to me at all. I’m a horror movie fanatic and Insidious stayed with me for a few days. I still do not like the scene looking down the hallway. There is something so unsettling and ominous about scene with the clock in the hallway. I totally don’t fault her for being scared. I’m just saying you can’t take someone from watching Twilight to Insidious. That is too huge jump. I hope her boyfriend stayed with her that night.
Also, the person who created this is a rock star!
*FYI I don’t dislike Rob Zombie. I enjoyed “The Devil’s Rejects” and I hold the unpopular opinion that “House of 1000 Corpses” was better than TDR. I even enjoyed the movie that Rob Zombie made that was supposed to be a remake of Halloween, but my problem with it, was that is strayed so far from the source material that it should not have been considered a remake/reimagining etc. They should have given it a completely different name. It was a good movie in it’s own right, but it was not Halloween. I wish they would have given him the “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” (2003, and 2006) remakes instead.