Insidious: Chapter 3 Directed and written by: Leigh Whannell
Starring: Dermot Mulroney, Stefanie Scott, Angus Sampson, Leigh Whannell, Lin Shaye
Are you afraid of things that go bump in the night? No? Well, that’s good. How about things that contact you from an evil dimension, and cause you to get two broken legs, and then stalk you when you are bedridden, and finally yank you out of bed and throw you on the floor and try to possess your body? Hey, you’re perfect for ‘Insidious: Chapter 3’...
Based loosely on some of the characters featured in the two prior movies, this is a prequel to the events in the first movie. Psychic Elise Rainer (Lin Shaye) has already dealt with a young Josh Lambert, and has not yet gotten involved with Dalton Lambert (neither play a role in this movie).
Elise is semi-retired from the spirit-chasing-away profession. But she is visited by Quinn Brenner, a young girl who has lost her beloved mother to cancer. Quinn wants to communicate with her mom, but Elise tells her to be careful in what she does. She might invite a guest with some unpleasant intentions.
Quinn has been targeted by an evil spirit that used to be an old man in the apartment above hers in the building. Her dad Sean Brenner (Dermot Mulroney) starts to believe it when Quinn has a terrible accident and winds up in a wheelchair. Things get worse, and Elise wants to help, but she knows that there are grave dangers.
Quinn’s younger brother finds a couple of spirit-chasing nerds on the Internet. Tucker (Angus Sampson) and Specs (Leigh Whannell) are aboard to help keep Quinn safe. (They also are from the other movies). Soon, they find they are not up to the evil demon that wants to take over Quinn.
With some reluctance, Elise comes back right in the nick of time. She has some distinct abilities to chase the ghosts and spirits right into their own realm. She has a special gift to raise a little hell of her own. She marches right into ‘The Further’, and she kicks a little spectral ass.
All in all, this movie was great with audience participation. Every dark-lit scene with a minor movement in the background, most everybody would gasp and yell. There were many jump scares and quick edits to something spooky, but is almost never was a cheat; like something jumps on the bed, and you see it is just a cat. These were all pretty hairy.
When a movie is created with same general character as in two prior movies, people tend to expect certain things. So the writing tends to go in a specific direction, because that is what is expected. When the whole point is that you know something unexpected will happen, then something does happen – can it be really unexpected?
There were some generally good scares, a couple of unforeseen events that were shocking, mostly acting that was sincere and poignant. But it is all wrapped into a giant burrito of suspense and horror. So it gives you what expect, with some goofiness once in a while.
Oh, and just to be safe, I would sleep with the lights on!
8 out of 10 stars