DVD/Blu-ray Review – Insidious and [REC] 2

by Eric Melin on July 18, 2011

in Video Reviews

This Blu-ray/DVD review of “Insidious” and “[REC] 2” appears on KTKA-49.

Horror movies get a shot in the arm with two new releases out on DVD and Blu-ray.

“Insidious” is an old-fashioned ghost story from the writer/directors of the very first “Saw” movie. Patrick Wilson and Rose Byrne star as parents of a child who is haunted by an otherworldly entity. The movie does a great job building up the central mystery with traditional spookhouse movie tricks, leading up to a revelation that is novel and satisfying, something that can’t be said for a lot of horror films these days.

It’s a little downhill after that, as the ending struggles to explain too much and take itself a bit too literally, but mostly “Insidious” is an engaging treat.

“[REC] 2,” on the other hand, is downright tense, pretty much throughout the entire picture. A sequel to the cult hit “[REC],” this movie follows a troop of soldiers sent into a quarantined apartment building to control an infectious disease. The film gets a lot of mileage from its concept of seeing things only through the soldiers’ helmet-mounted cameras, but the plot also develops in some surprising directions.

If you’ve seen the first “[REC],” there are some more details you may pick up on, but I hadn’t, and “[REC] 2” is still very scary and enjoyable without prior knowledge of its predecessor.

Eric is the Editor-in-Chief of Scene-Stealers.com and writes the Screen Stealers column for The Pitch. He’s President of the KCFCC, and drummer for The Dead Girls and Ultimate Fakebook. He is also Air Guitar World Champion Mean Melin. Eric goes to 11. Follow him at:

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