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YMMV: Insidious
  • Complete Monster: From the sequel: The Woman In White, AKA Michelle Crane, is a vicious ghost. When she was mortal, Crane tormented her young son Parker after Parker's father left them. She'd force Parker into girls' clothing and to believe himself as a little girl. When Parker grew up, she forced him to become a twisted Serial Killer who would be dubbed The Bride In Black. Parker, at her urging, would claim fifteen victims before her death, whereupon he committed suicide. When her son possessed the hero Josh, Michelle tried to get him to murder Josh's entire family, Josh's children included.
  • Hell Is That Noise: TIPTOE TO THE WINDOW, BY THE WINDOW, THAT'S WHERE IIIII'LL BE! COME TIPTOE... THROUGH THE TULIPS... WITH MEEEEEE!
    • As well as the cracking sound that always accompanies the demon.
    • The scathing, dissonant music that plays over the opening title.
  • Ho Yay: Tucker and Specs.
  • Narm / Nightmare Retardant: The viral marketing for the movie had an Alternate Reality Game called Voice From The Further, about a blog maintained by a woman who also mysteriously fell into a coma as a small child and is now trying to discover what happened to her. Some parts are genuinely creepy, mentioning ill-spirited ghosts and figures like The Redfaced Man, but then let down by obvious photoshop jobs and amateur video. Case in point.
    • The hula-dance scene.
    • A lot of people thought the gas mask was funny rather than eerie, same with the little dancing kid.
    • One of the film's big scary moments is supposed to be when Josh discovers Dalton imprisioned in the Further with the demon, but since the demon has a penchant for listening to Tiny Tim, his infernal lair looks like the set of a Meatloaf video, and he's first properly shown cheerfully sharpening his claws while listening to his favourite tune, it can be hard to take him as seriously after that.
    • The demon himself can be this. Quoting Cinema Sins: "Why is Darth Maul in this movie?" Also, in the credits, he even goes by the name of "Lipstick Demon".
  • Surprisingly Improved Sequel: There's still some cheese, sure, but at the very least, Chapter 2 does a good job of avoiding the first film's blunderous Narm.
    • Critical Dissonance: However, critics seem to think the opposite, judging by the fact that the film sports a 35% on Rotten Tomatoes in comparison to IMDB's 7.1 and Cinemascore's B+.
  • The Woobie: Dalton in the first film.
    • Parker Crane as a child especially when you see how his mother treated him. Becomes Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds as he grows old and post-death.
    • Despite some critiques due to Too Dumb to Live moments, Josh as well. For this troper, he's a Deconstruction of the typical horror movie father: He's shown as very worried about what's wrong with his son, and when it comes to the supernatural aspects, he obviously dismisses them. But when he realizes they are true, he's willing to go with it, mainly because he wants to see his son again. The revelation that Parker Cane was constantly following him all his life, and then trapping him in the Further makes him more of a Woobie.

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