Move over John and Clint -- there's a new cowboy in town and he's a real chameleon.
In horror movie circles, much is made of the genre's roots. Hatchet and its sequel were marketed as "old-school horror," and House of the Devil was released on VHS to celebrate its '70s feel. Perhaps it's a response to all of the soulless horror remakes -- Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Last House on the Left -- that have been coming out of late, which would make Insidious's existence even more interesting. Director James Wan and screenwriter/actor Leigh Whannell, who set a new template for how to tell horror stories with the first Saw movie and created one of the most profitable horror franchises in history, have traded knives for ghosts and made a scary-ass film that pays tribute to some of the creepiest movies of yesteryear, full of half-glimpsed faces, music stings and old-timey spectres.