edit: The Insidious demon always bothered me, I think they needed to either tone down the design(and remove his hair, seriously the hair is so prominent) or have him a little out of focus. As it is you get too good a look at it for too long hence, you know, Darth Maul.
I agree with this completely. The first Insidious peaked in the terror factor during the scene where the guy draws Elise's frantic description of the demon.
In fact, most of the Wan-verse movies peak before you start seeing the "entity" in its full glory. This is probably because most of them are a bit over-designed, as someone mentioned earlier in the thread. They work way better in the shadows. Funny enough, I actually find the Marilyn Manson nun to be one that still works when not hiding in the shadows.
I say this as a big fan of all of these movies, including the ones that everyone else hates.
I've never seen any of Signs outside of this scene without the full context of the movie, but the fact he yells at the children to "vamanos!" always made me laugh because it's...unnatural? I dunno, something goofy about talking to kids in a news report in their native language. It'd be like if he was watching a report of aliens in Japan and yelled out "YAMERO!" or something.
Does he speak Spanish at any other point in the film?
Lake Mungo is legitimately one of the better films I've seen in this genre, I can't recommend it enough. Really really good and the beach scene creeped me out.
What got to me the most though is the ghost appeared even in the photo faked by the brother and it was there even in the beginning when they showed it, but you never noticed her. I even went back to the earlier part of the movie and sure enough she was there. That got me good.
With the exception of the slow motion, tripping-in-heels-and-righting-herself-unnaturally moment, I don't think Kairo's power can really translate into an easily digestible image, it is just an omnipresent dread that permeates every moment.
Not just Big Ed, Nadine is in it as well as his crazy wife. You also get to see him hunt for a black kid in his house dressed in a gimp suit. It's pretty fucking great and has a woefull rap ending theme that's just the cherry on top.
Edit: now I feel weird pointing out the kid was black, but race plays a slight role in the film.
There's one shot towards the end of Day of the Dead that I can't find a gif for that is really similar to this. The zombies pull his head off, and it elongates his throat so as he's screaming the pitch of his voice changes.
It was a super cool idea that I hadn't seen before.