Man with Fire on His Face, The
- Blu-Ray (BD-25)
- Deleted breakfast scene
- Deleted first attic visit since it gets repeated by Dalton a couple minutes later
- Enhanced child scream to make sense with their reaction
- Replaced score with “Heels” for them running upstairs and talking to Josh
- Cut Josh and Renai joking around before bed
- Replaced score of Renai seeing box with an excerpt of “Heels”
- Replaced music underneath doctor explaining coma with “Jay”
- Cut nurse explaining stuff to Josh and Renai – we just got it from the doctor
- Cut baby monitor voices scene
- Cut conversation with Foster about award to focus on talking about Dalton
- Cut Josh and Renai conversation about baby monitor voices – moved the knocking sound up so that it is what scares Foster under the covers
- Cut Josh downstairs with the poker while the alarm goes off – scene ends after he says there’s nobody in the house
- Cut Josh calling wife from school – used flashbacks as dream sequences after the night before
- Cut the nurse’s uplifting conversation so the day begins with Renai changing linen and discovering the bloody handprint
- Cut part of the conversation in front of the house where she’s complaining about him working late
- Changed music behind what is now Josh’s first flashback/dream to “Anyone”
- Changed music to “Anyone” when demon is walking outside Renai’s door and she wants to move
- Changed music when they move to “Company”
- Record skip at 19:40 now changes to “Detroit” while Renai is out taking the trash and first sees the demon kid
- Added “Heels” theme when demon kid jumps out of Narnia
- Cut Lorraine explaining her dream so it remains more mysterious (go right from her saying this is real to seeing demon)
- Changed music to “Inquiry” when they run upstairs and discover Dalton in the middle of a ransacked room
- Added “Heels” theme when Tucker looks through the Viewfinder
- Replaced music when Elise meets Dalton with “Greg”
- Trimmed a little of the buildup to the lights turning on
- Cut a bunch of Elise’s speech (stuff about easing them into it and how it’s only what she believes/might contradict diagnosis, etc) – changed music underneath to “Detritus”
- Cut some of Elise’s explanation about the demon – repetitive
- Cut Josh being staunchly against Elise’s help since he changes his mind 20 seconds later
- Changed music to “Playpen” under the start of séance and “Father” leading up to and when sh,t hits the fan
- Changed music to “Linger” when Josh learns of his past and prepares to go into the Further
- Changed music to “Heels” when he first sees something in ether
- Changed music to Father when the big guy first shows up
- Changed music to “Pool” when Josh finds Dalton
- Left “Tiptoe Through the Tulips” at the end. This is the first time you hear it in my end, which makes is creepier in my opinion
- Changed music to “Heels” after they meet close up
- Changed music to “Linger” as Josh,well, lingers in the Further
- Cut Specs and Tucker talking about their future book
- Cut ending so after Elise takes Josh’s photo we see the photo flash and then the lady attacking. No Rose Byrne running around for five minutes or showing Josh kill Elise. It’s tighter and still very clear in my opinion
The jump scare is the cheapest tool in a director's kit when making a horror film. The laziest of filmmakers can always slowly pan the camera around a corner and have something jump into frame with a loud musical stab and get a reaction out of the audience. I find myself falling victim to it, immediately followed by a sense of disdain for the film that “got me”.
With that being said, director James Wan has somehow managed to master the art of the jump scare, making his utilization of it dreadfully effective. No film of his is more demonstrative of this than the original Insidious (2010). Watching this movie is a white knuckle experience of pleasure and pain; pleasure in the thrill of the scares, pain in the ominous threat that another is looming around the corner.
In 2014, a uniquely crafted horror film titled It Follows hit the cinema. While finding room for conventional horror clichés, the movie also settled into an allegory of teenage promiscuity - rare for its genre. Its success was in part due to its fantastic score, written by Disasterpeace.
With a fond admiration of both films, fan editor theCuddlyNinja has removed the shock-inducing score of Insidious and replaced it with the ominously creepy soundtrack from It Follows. Because the jump scares in Insidious are tethered to its score, when the score is replaced, one gets the shocking visuals of a jump scare without the jolt of the music to overwhelm your senses. What you're left with is a sense of tension, without the release that a jump scare often facilitates. Instead of a white knuckle experience, it makes one squirm with discomfort.
This is effective throughout the entire movie, but it really shines in the film's apex of the third act. The music's dread and crescendo leading up to the moment of the protagonist, Josh, returning to his sleeping body is surprisingly effective. This is also in part due to some of the edits in the film that were made that flushed out Josh's character.
In the original, Josh is marred by having too many crests and valleys in his motivations. Trimming out Josh's reluctance to leave work and go home, the speech from his mother about his past and his original questioning of Elise's help goes a long way to make his character more convincing. This in turn helps make the film feel more grounded, without the audience losing faith in the screenplay as it tends to do in the original.
While he may have started off with just the intention of replacing the score, theCuddlyNinja has made an edit that is unique in its own right, and not just an exercise. This is an excellent complementary edit to both Insidious and It Follows. It also makes for a great study in comparing and contrasting the feel of a horror film when its score is modified. You should see this edit.
AV Quality: Top notch. A BluRay version is available and the image and sound are excellent.
Visual Editing: A handful of edits are noticeable but these are likely due to the familiarity with the original. Just about everything is invisible.
Audio editing: The inclusion of the It Follows score works terrifically. There are moments of bleed from the original score in some of the more heavily sound-effects laden moments in which they share the same audio channel. However, these are difficult to hear as theCuddlyNinja has effectively overpowered them with the Disasterpeace music. Audio levels can sometimes feel a bit too loud, but this is a small complaint and likely many viewers will prefer it this way.
Narrative: Cleaning up Josh's character is a definite improvement. Some of the very early edits around the family in their new home might not be as effective as it was intended, but nothing here is a detriment compared to the source material. Everything is consistent and even the more radical removals all go to improving the narrative. There are no noticeable plot holes or inconsistent character motivations.
Overall: This is not just an interesting edit, but a compelling one. This is an entirely different horror experience that I didn't expect and was more than surprised by its outcome. It's an excellent addition to anybody's fanedit library.
A more detailed analysis can be found on my fanedit podcast, www.featurethispodcast.com, in which I interview theCuddlyNinja himself about this edit.
This is a great little edit. A solid edit across the board and the new quicker narrative works with this and the music, OMG the music is killer. The only small complaints I have are during the ending there is a scene that shows the dad looking at a drawing of the red door and I don't remember that scene being left in the actual edit, other than that this is a good breezy and still scary horror flick
I'm not one for this type of film, however, i was curious due to the fact CuddlyNinja has incorporated one of the best soundtracks of the modern age into his edit of Insidious. I had never seen Insidious previously - so watched it with fresh eyes. However, i did refer to the original after as reference for this review.
For me: the editing is great and as Neglify mentioned, in his review, the audio levels do go up and down and feel unbalanced. The Disasterpeace soundtrack sometimes worked but at other times felt really pushed. The soundtrack worked best during the new house scene with the boy dancing in the living room. It did not work during the scene between Josh and his Mum, when she showed him the old photographs and told him he was a traveller too. The soundtrack in this scene felt really forced. The scene worked better in the original.
The Narrative lacked a bit of feel and i must admit i did not care much for the family. The Dad - Josh felt cold and uncaring and i felt too much was cut. Adding some of the early scenes from the theatrical version back into the edit would have worked better, after all their kid is in a coma. The film probably would have come in around the 1hr 20min mark - so not overlong.
Overall the edit is very good, however, it did not work for me. Maybe i am just too familiar with the "It Follows" soundtrack ( I have a lovely split coloured first pressing vinyl :) ). My familiarity of the score is no fault of Cuddly Ninja of course.
If these sort of films are your cup of tea then i highly recommend you watch "The Man With Fire on His Face" - I will be sticking with my Bluray of "It Follows" for my Disasterpeace fix.
Well done CuddlyNinja.
Brief Summary: A wonderful mix of sight and sound! The added soundtrack feels natural and heightens the tension. The narrative is tight and an improvement over the original.
A/V Quality - 9.
Video was perfect. Audio tracks felt a little unbalanced, see Editing notes.
Editing - 10 visual, 8 audio.
Visual editing was smooth, nothing felt out of place or noticeable. Audio editing was primarily well executed, but a few transitions stood out. As well, at times the music would be just a tad bit loud. But once I got into the flow of the story I got grooved into the levels.
I listened to the first five minutes of the commentary, but I turned it off because it wasn't mixed too well. The commentary was too soft and the movie audio was too loud. I'd love to hear a fixed version.
Narrative - 10.
This worked beautifully. The story is taut and it never felt like it was dragging. When I first saw "Insidious" I wasn't blown away, but this certainly highlights the positives and improves it as a whole.
Enjoyment - 9.
Highly recommended for horror fans. The music from "It Follows" works great with this flick!