The late Bill Cosford, who spent 21 years as the irascible film critic for the Miami Herald, used to say that he'd never give more than two-and-a-half stars to any horror movie that featured a cat jumping out and scaring somebody. The point, of course, was that clichés in film -- especially in horror films -- aren't just dull, they're infuriating at this point.
Over the past couple of years I've come to feel the same way about creepy kid movies, particularly ones that only reach a PG-13 rating, that Cosford did about jumping cat flicks: I just had no desire to ever see one again.
But I have to admit that the trailers for Insidious haven't just piqued my interest -- they actually make the film look downright frightening.
Maybe that's why I'm glad to see that most of the the reviews so far have been pretty damn strong.
Anybody else interested in seeing this thing or is it just me?
Entertainment Weekly: Insidious: A-/3.30.11