Thursday, October 17, 2013


Curator's Note: As part of my job for MOVIECLIPS I help curate the Old Hollywood Trailers channel on YouTube. It's meant to be a source for trailers before the online HD video revolution of recent years. While there's still a load of 21st Century offerings there's a rich archive of earlier films which we only hope to further expand. Throughout the month of October I'm exclusively looking to upload trailers for horror movies new and old.

I like the metronome ticking that begins the trailer for Insidious, even if showing us variations of the title and "is" got repetitive it's not an insult to our intelligence. This auditory track is visually replaced with a rocking horse (another nice touch) before its rapid-fire slideshow of scary images from throughout the film. Because of the speed they are thrown at audiences it is not likely anyone would remember most of them, but some in particular (including what was for me the film's #1 scare) can be spotted and recalled. Some plot details can been scavenged but at the least the narrative is mostly left uncharted. It sells the film well, which would go on to become one of the more profitable horror films of its time. 

Check out our review of Insidious here.

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