Insidious (2010)

Insidious (Wan 2010)

The third installment in our possession and haunting mini-series. Check out our previous episodes on The Conjuring (Wan 2013) and The Possession (Bornedal 2012)! Insidious is not as ideologically conservative as The Conjuring but still very problematic. Wan may be a modern master of horror, but he sure makes very conservative horror films. Join us as we explain how and what that might reflect about the enormous success of these films in the early 2010s.

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Insidious (Wan 2013) – please watch the film before listening!
The Possession (Bornedal 2012)
The Conjuring (Wan 2013)

TOPIC INDEX – Insidious (Wan 2010) (times are approximate) 

0:35 – Introductions
4:45 – Discussion begins
4:45 – Chase scenes and into the weeds of budget and Wan’s rise to fame
12:30 – back to our regularly scheduled ideological analyses
20:00 – moving
32:00 – the recursive developments in the sub-genre and Marx’s synthesis
41:15 – gender and age
47:00 – Wan’s influence and trajectory
55:00 – how explicit is the argument vs how problematic
58:00 – geography of horror
104:00 – misdirection away from domestic violence
1:09:36 – spoilers for The Stepfather through 1:10:35
1:12:10 – Grading the film using the Collective Nightmares Evolving Rubric of Social Responsibility

Related Episodes
The Conjuring (Wan 2013)
The Possession (Bornedal 2012)

Related Films
Pet Sematary (Lambert 1989)
The Stepfather (Ruben 1987)


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Episode 82

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