When there’s something strange in your neighbourhood, who ya gonna call? Elise Rainer! Who? Ah, yes that founder of The Further and much-loved psychic (played by Lin Shaye) is back for more spooky goings on in [Insidious: Chapter 3](movie:1117428), which follows one of her earlier investigations that is set before the first two films.
Still up and about in the land of the living, Chapter 3 sees her come to the aid of widowed father Sean Brenner (Dermot Mulroney), whose daughter Quinn (Stefanie Scott), still mourning the loss of her mother, accidentally opens a gateway to the other realm. With no lock on the door, ghouls of all sorts come flooding in, leaving Quinn torn between the living and the dead, and Elise forced to venture into the unknown that looks remarkably like a smoke-filled set from Power Rangers.
Scare-scribe Leigh Wannell will be taking over from James Wan this time round as director, and should feel right at home considering he wrote the previous two films. On close inspection (whilst comfortably seated with a face behind a pillow), there’s plenty on show to suggest we’ll have just as many thrills and chills as before, but what's interesting is how it will all link together.
Of all the few new horror franchises of late, Insidious has received a mixed reception, mainly due to its fascination with The Further and lore that came with it. Whilst it may have weakened the first film, the return trip in Chapter 2 changed all that with its clever links to its predecessor, giving both films a stronger rewatchable quality, as a result. With that in mind, it’ll be interesting to see if these tricky tactics will applied for Chapter 3 when it arrives in cinemas June 5.
But what do you think? Are you ready to take a trip through the tulips again? Or have the chair arm-squeezing scares vanished from the franchise that should’ve stopped at the first film? Sound off in the comments below.