I was up way too late last night, but I think it was worth it. I’ve been pushing myself pretty hard lately, and decided I needed a night to relax, and what better way to relax than to go spend a couple of hours being terrified with strangers in a dark room?

I’d been wanting to see Insidious, a low-budget horror movie that’s been getting a lot of buzz, and those are always kind of hit-and-miss for me. F’rinstance, I loved The Blair Witch Project — it’s one of my Top 50, in fact — but I thought that Paranormal Activity was just okay. My tastes aren’t always in tune with the mainstream.  (And if that’s not an understatement, I’m not sure what is.)

This time, I think the buzz was justified. I really enjoyed it, and there were definitely a couple of moments that scared the hell out of me. In a lot of ways, this movie starts out covering some of the same ground as Paranormal Activity — not too surprising, since the same producers were involved in both — but then it veers off that course into different territories. It shifts mood a couple of times so hard that it practically changes genre, and by the end of it you may find your suspension of disbelief a bit tested.

But that’s actually what I liked about it — it was willing to take risks and keep you guessing, not only about the plot but about what kind of movie you’re watching. That alone took me out of my comfort zone in a way I’m not used to.

One other thing I really appreciated about it — you know how in a haunted house movie, you’ve always got that question in the back of your head, “why don’t they just leave?” This deals with that problem in a satisfying way.

Definitely worth checking out. You might find it even scarier than I did if you have children. Or want children. Or, you know, like children.