The 7 Scariest (?) Blink-And-Miss Images in the Insidious Teaser

The first teaser for Saw director James Wan's haunted kid movie Insidious is pretty creepy! At least it seems that way, until you realize that you have no idea what you've just seen. Every image here that's actually supposed to be scary is edited down to a millisecond and cut together faster than a human can blink. Sure, the nothing-scenes that dominate the preview are atmospheric and the last voice over is pretty creepy... but what about the money shots? These editors could splice together frames of kittens and butterflies in low light over scary music and probably still jolt the viewer. So, let's take a closer look with some screen shots of images from those one-second-long montages to figure out whether nightmares will be justified.

·Image 1


What is it?This appears to be a boy in his bed, only filmed in negative. It is preceded by lightbulbs. Neither image is very scary, and filming in negative just seems desperate. So do the monster noises that play over this first montage.

Verdict: Not scary.

·Image 2


What is it? More negative! The kid is...reaching for something?

Verdict: I don't think it's scary...

·Image 3


What is it? A bloody handprint! Based on the wedding ring and the hand, it looks like Rose Byrne probably finds this one night. Bummer.

Verdict: A little cliche, but we're getting there...

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  • ztr421 says:

    It looks to me like #5, which you wonder if it's a wine bottle, is the same as the gasmask person in #7...

  • Brian Clark says:

    The still DOES look like that, but the movement itself looked different to me. By the tenth time I watched it, I couldn't stop thinking "wine bottle." But maybe watching that 1 second clip 10 times in a row just made me crazy.
    If your theory is right, then does this movie involve a gas mask that attacks? I'm not even sure how I feel about that. I'm going to have to think about this.

  • Luke says:

    I think is the gas mask because if you pause it at the very start, you see the actual mask on their head-- then their head suddenly jerk up with a piping sorta thing sticking out of it-- weird part is is that it looks like the piping is connected-- like it joins to a T section of pipes...

  • Brian Clark says:

    Ah, nice detective work. I'll buy this, though a wine bottle was much more fun. I still don't understand how a ga mask figures in. Maybe it's a ghost mask that uh, protects from ghosts? And then maybe the marketing team knew if they showed that for more than a half second it would raise some eyebrows?

  • Jojo Denco says:

    I watched it a couple nights ago. I think it's one of the better horror movies I've seen in a long time and I've been watching them for four decades. I love them, but, not many of them really give me the creeps and this one did. There are plenty of good jump-out-of-your-seat scares as well as an insidious dose of time-release fear. The team that comes in to investigate uses lots of home made and home fashioned equipment because some paranormal investigative tools can't be found at Ace Hardware. The tools and equipment aren't explained in detail, but, as the viewers we just assumed they need particular and peculiar things to do their jobs. We get the idea they've been doing this for a long time and the stuff have evolved to suit their needs over the years.