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(2010), PG-13 [PG-13*] (1hr 37.75min)

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July 14, 2011

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(2010), PG-13 [PG-13*] ... another error on the part of filmmakers

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): FilmDistrict, Stage 6 Films, Alliance Films, IM Global, Haunted Movies
Distribution (US): Sony Home Entertainment (2011)
Director(s): James Wan
Producer(s): Jason Blum, Jeanette Brill, Brian Kavanaugh-Jones, John R. Leonetti, Oren Peli, Steven Schneider, Aaron Sims
Written by: Leigh Whannell
Cinematography/Camera: David M. Brewer, John R. Leonetti
Music: Joseph Bishara
Film Editing: Kirk M. Morri, James Wan
Casting: Kellie Gesell, Anne McCarthy
Production Design: Aaron Sims
Art Direction: Jennifer Spence
Viewed on Sony Home Entertainment DVD

Insidious indeed -- of the filmmakers to make a film about one of the truths about demons: that they serve Satan which is after our souls. That the reasons portrayed are all wrong and that the portrayed methods are all wrong is immaterial, of course. Yes, Satan wants the souls of children ... of anyone. Indeed, children are highly precious to Jesus which is why Satan would love to have them. But he cannot. Not until the child is of the age of accountability when s/he becomes accountable for his/her own mind and heart, about 13 years old, can Satan have any influence over children. Until then, children are untouchables indeed. They are blessed by God and, if they die before the age of accountability, will spend eternity in Heaven by God's Power. Children may be influenced by other people who are not Saved and are influenced by Satan but of their own Satan cannot touch them. [Mark 10:13-16] When is the age of accountability? I don't think anyone can tell you but it is generally accepted as the time of puberty. Dalton (Ty Simpkins) in this film is beyond any shadow of doubt not yet at the age of accountability. So, another error on the part of filmmakers. But then, I have not seen a spook story or horror flick that was not full of errors regarding the Bible's accounting of evil.

The Lambert family experience odd and inexplicable events and happenings on a daily basis in their new home. Baby Cali (uncredited) cries way too much, suggesting that she is being disturbed by something no one else can see. Foster (Andrew Astor) is frightened by what He thinks is Dalton walking around in the middle of the night while Dalton is comatose (so sayeth the doctors). Before Dalton fell off the ladder in the attic of their new home and banged his head, he was frightened by strange events as well. While mom, Renai Lambert (Rose Byrne), is sneakingly sensitive to what is going on, dad, Josh Lambert (Patrick Wilson) is not willing to believe any astro-ethereal-nutso nothing. Not at first anyway.

So, with all the apparently evil forces at work in their home the Lamberts decide to move out of the house into a different house. Mom just knew the first house was haunted. But the same things immediately began to happen in the second house and even more so. Mom thought that whatever was haunting the other house came with them to this house. How right she was ... Dalton. It was not the house that was "haunted." It was Dalton.

Dalton is a Traveler, one who can experience astral projection of his soul. He can take out-of-body trips to anywhere he wishes but this time he went too far and cannot find his way back "home." Dalton's soul is trapped in an ethereal dimension of the astral world. Sharing that world with Dalton are hordes of tortured souls of the dead who would love to live again ... in Dalton's body. Dad to the rescue! Is dad successful at fetching his boy?

Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - 28 out of 100
This film is intensely violent for short times. And it is unholy manifestations of evil in violence. A demon, or ghoul, tries to assault Renai. Baby Cali is frequently disturbed by evil. Demons try to take over Dalton's body in violence. And, as with almost every other demon movie, demons physically attack the living.

Impudence/Hate (I) - 76 out of 100
This film is oddly ... but thankfully ... skimpy in profanity for a PG-13. Only eight uses of profanity, one of them being the most foul of the foul words (plus two uses of God's name in vain with the four letter expletive as noted in the Offense to God investigation area). But though there are only eight uses of profanity, that is eight times too many according to God's Word. [Eph. 5:4]

Sexual Immorality (S) - 90 out of 100
If Byrne had not rubbed the inside of Wilson's upper leg, twice, and if the two were not seen in bed together there would be no sexually immoral content to this film. Certainly a wife might do rub the inside of her husband's thigh to comfort him in times of distress but Byrne is not Wilson's wife.

Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 100 out of 100
Also odd for a PG-13, there were no instances of alcohol, tobacco, illegal drugs or abuse of prescription drugs noted.

Offense to God (O) - Zero out of 100
Here is where the concentration of assaults of morality and decency abound. There are far too many examples of assaults to even summarize here. Please look to the listing in the Findings/Scoring section for a complete accounting of the content applicable to this investigation area. [James 1:21, Prov. 8:13, Eph. 4:27, Deut. 18:10 - 12]

Tell me something. Have you ever seen any biped critter walk through a solid wall or evaporate into nothingness or have its face fall off its bones as Hollywood seems to think is possible by demons, ghosts and the like? Ever? Then how is it you, even in humor/fantasy, might think they can? If we had never seen a spook walk through a wall in a movie or read it in a book (entertainment) we would not even conceive of it. The same applies to our perception of the powers and mannerisms of demons and ghouls.

However demonism, witchcraft and the like are nothing to be messing around with. [Deut. 18:10 - 12] Let me explain. An angel is very powerful, powerful enough to slay 185,000 soldiers with a thought. [2 Kings 19:35] Indeed, angels have the full power of God if He wants them to have it. Demons are fallen angels [Rev. 12:3 - 4, 9]. You do the math.

Murder/Suicide (M) - 90 out of 100
Josh chokes the psychic to death near the end of the show. But was it really Josh or was it the demon possessing him? Whatever. There is one murder in this film. That is if you do not count the gunfire murder of three dead souls who, after being murdered by the other dead soul, stood up and smiled at Josh. No, it doesn't make any sense to me either but then its a movie.


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  • Mark 10:13 -16 People were bringing little children to Jesus to have him touch them, but the disciples rebuked them. When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them [to the Disciples], "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it." And he took the children in his arms, put his hands on them and blessed them.
  • James 1:21 Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you.
  • Prov. 8:13 To fear the LORD is to hate evil; I hate pride and arrogance, evil behavior and perverse speech.
  • Eph. 4:27 and do not give the devil a foothold. [Embracing demons in and as entertainment is doing just that.]
  • Eph. 5:4 Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.
  • Deut. 18:10 - 12 There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination [to seek knowledge of the future], or an observer of times [seeks knowledge of the future], or an enchanter [one who practices divination, observes the signs or omens], or a witch, Or a charmer [one who makes alliance with evil by charms], or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer [one who communicates with the dead]. For all that do these things are an abomination [detestable, retching] unto the LORD:...
  • 2 Kgs. 19:35 That night the angel of the LORD went out and put to death a hundred and eighty-five thousand men in the Assyrian camp. When the people got up the next morning -there were all the dead bodies!
  • Rev. 12:3 - 4 And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads [Lucifer]. And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven (one third of the angels), and did cast them to the earth:... [Satan, then Lucifer, was the angel of praise and worship until, by his pride and arrogance, he wanted to replace God Himself. God then cast him out of Heaven and his follower angels fell with him (his "tail", or previous influence) drew them away. It is these cast down angels which then became demon servants of Satan.]
  • Rev. 12:9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

    ***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
  • Jer. 37:9 This is what the LORD says: Do not deceive yourselves, thinking, 'The Babylonians [the destroyers from within] will surely leave us.' They will not!
  • Ps. 12:8 The wicked freely strut about [e.g., create progressively vile/offensive entertainment with impunity and no consequences and present it to younger and younger audiences every year] when what is vile is honored among men [when enough people continue to defend it, embrace it, enjoy it, want it, submit to it. I call attention to Ps. 12:8 to warn of the creeping desensitizing power of "entertainment."]
  • Col. 2:8 Beware lest any man [by his influence] spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
  • 1 Cor. 15:33 Be not deceived: evil [kakov: of a bad nature, not such as it ought to be] communications corrupt good manners.
  • Rom. 5:19 For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.
  • Jude 1:4 For there are certain men* crept in unawares [secretly slipped in among us], who were before of old ordained to this condemnation [whose condemnation was written about long ago], ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness [a license for immorality], and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ. [*men: anthropos {anth'-ro-pos}, generic, a human being, whether male or female]
  • Matt. 25:40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
  • Luke 17:2 It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones. [Offend: skandalizo {skan-dal-id'-zo} - scandalize; to entice to sin; to cause a person to begin to distrust and desert one whom he ought to trust and obey; to cause to fall away.]
  • Ps. 119:133 Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me [let no sin rule over me].
  • John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
  • 1 Thess. 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil. ["Evil" includes all things that are sinful.]


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    Insidious (2010) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - 28 out of 100
  • disturbing images of varying intensities, repeatedly
  • fall injury, child while alone in attic
  • baby crying far too frequently as if disturbed by "something"
  • demon attempting to assault living woman
  • unconscious boy thrown to floor (unseen)
  • long sequence of unholy manifestations in violence
  • series of images of demon after young boy
  • demon attack, repeatedly
  • demon murder of three other demons by gunfire (off screen)

    Impudence/Hate (I) - 76 out of 100
  • seven uses of profanity plus one use of the most foul of the foul words

    Sexual Immorality (S) - 90 out of 100
  • man and woman in bed together
  • woman rubbing the inside of a man's upper thigh, twice

    Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 100 out of 100
  • none noted

    Offense to God (O) - Zero out of 100
  • ten uses of God's name in vain without the four letter expletive, once by an adolescent, plus twice with the four letter expletive
  • unexplained mess made
  • unexplained fire starting un furnace
  • unexplained door/window opening/closing, repeatedly
  • unexplained crunching sound
  • mysterious presence follow by boy in a coma for months
  • more unexplained presence, repeatedly
  • unexplained thud
  • knock at door twice with no one there
  • light bulbs exploding, repeatedly
  • unexplained appearance/disappearance, repeatedly
  • demon in baby's room
  • house alarm actuation with no explanation
  • frequent ominous imagery and sound effects, throughout
  • bloody handprint on boys bed sheet, multiple views
  • handprints appearing in mist on window
  • unwelcome stranger, repeatedly
  • unexplained record player needle scratching across record
  • unexplained boy in house seen from one window then disappearing when scene was viewed from the next window
  • strange boy running through house then disappearing
  • unexplained boy darting in front of woman
  • dreamstate demon
  • flash images of demon, repeatedly, some of multiple demons
  • unexplained noises in son's room
  • unexplained reciprocal banging on door
  • son's room trash with no explanation
  • portrayal that some can see the demons while others cannot
  • color waves and creaking from and on walls
  • claims, of son's soul being absent from his body
  • tale of place for tortured souls of the dead but not Hell
  • seance
  • images of demon trying to possess young boy's body
  • portrayal of out-of-body excursion
  • "astral" beings, frequent
  • image of three murdered demons standing and smiling
  • long sequences of bizarre unreality if varying intensities
  • exceptionally evil demon, repeatedly
  • portrayal of many dead souls trying to get dad and son in "astral" world
  • portrayal that evil can cause Earthly manifestations such as earthquakes and light bulbs exploding

    Murder/Suicide (M) - 90 out of 100
  • one murder by choking

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