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Insidious- A Witch’s Thoughts

by White Bryony

I saw this recently and thought it was actually very interesting from the perspective of someone who practises witchcraft and sprirtwork so I thought I would review and share it.

Spoiler warning: I do try to refrain from giving too heavy spoilers, and any bad ones will have a nice warning so that you can skip it if you like. I also swear a bit.

Insidious is the story of family whose kid who falls into a coma and then kinky shit starts happening. This is the kind of stuff that makes you relieved to hell and back that these kinds of spirits are seriously goddamn rare. Here’s a link to the trailer:

I’ll first get the technical non-witchy stuff out of way:

  • James Wan, your calling is to make/direct ghost stories. I know that you are extremely unlikely to ever read this, but dude, you are awesome at it.
  • The script is excellent as well. Great pacing, good dialogue- I cannot compliment the guys who made this thing enough.
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  • We need more of you in the (horror) film industry today.

  • The choice to have minimal soundtrack in the first act was a very good one
  • I also applaud the sparse use of jump scares and how well those that were used were built up and designed to further the plot. Thank you guys for putting in effort.
  • Patrick Wilson and Rose Byrne were fantastic as the parents. Pat Tillman Jerseys Patrick Wilson: I will try to stop seeing you as your character in Hard Candy (though you were pretty good in that too)

  Now for the not so good stuff:

  • There was one moment with horribly conspicuous CGI. The rest of the film had been so good about CGI use that I was a little disappointed for those few seconds.
  • One of the problems in the film probably could have been solved with a decently performed exorcism in the dad’s childhood. New Balance Niño More on that later.

Ok, now that’s all done onto why I think a review of this is relevant to this site (SPOILER): ultimately the main plot is otherworld travel. I’m pretty sure that’s what a lot of people here do. Quite honestly, it could have uses as a warning thing for people who are being an idiots with their path. asics gel lyte 3 mujer Watching this can really give a powerful message of don’t cut corners or bad shit will start happening. Sure, it might not be to this extent but sweet Mother it’ll scare you into pausing to think for a moment first. For a pgan the moral of the film could almost be “If you don’t protect yourself demons will crowd around you/start feeding off you/send you into a fucking coma.” I would almost be enough of an asshole to say to a newbie who doesn’t seem to quite get what the otherworld can potentially entail “Ok look, fine you want to learn this stuff? Awesome.

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  • Watch this first. It’s not exactly realistic but it’ll really make you want to use protection. Shaun Dion Hamilton Jersey A lot of protection. And maybe a night light.” If you’re not new to the crooked paths it’s a great watch too. The parts with the otherworld travel were incredibly well executed and you can have a lot of fun (and get scared) at how completely insane everything gets. VCU Rams Jerseys At one point they call in a spiritworker of some kind whose methodology is certainly interesting and probably a good choice given her line of work… though some it might give you a laugh. Asics Pas Cher It does surprise me a little bit that I didn’t see this film get more popular among pagans who walk the crooked paths, especially given that astral travel is a huge part of the film. Ok, fine some won’t like horror but it’s so good that I would have thought I’d hear a lot more favourable word of mouth (I heard some people say good things about Paranormal Activity, after all). Is it too close to home? Are you not able to suspend your disbelief? Whatever the reason I”m going to throw a reccomendation out there if you don’t mind watching something creepy. Soldes Under Armour Now to the fear side of things. This film is very clever with its scares.

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    Book Review: The Secret Lives of Plants

    The Secret Lives of Plants by Peter Tompkins and Christopher Bird is worth reading, but is not an easy book at all. Adidas Zx Flux Femme Bleu roshe run femme floral Very scientific and not dumbed down for the layperson (some of the chapters about electromagnetic experiments and plants had to be read while consulting my medicinal shaman and electrical engineer by trade partner.) Amusingly, at the same time I was reading this book, I was also reading a fluffy little herb book which did not discuss the "used to be used for absenthe" about wormwood… 

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