Every time a new "Insidious" movie comes out, I end up liking more than the one before it. They’re basically the same formula every time, but I think with each movie, the writers get cleverer with their scares and character development. To me, character development – or lack thereof – can make or break a movie of any genre. “Insidious: Chapter 3” does a great job of developing two story lines. Quinn’s (Stefanie Scott) and Elise’s (Lin Shaye).
As this is a prequel, Elise is not the Elise we know in the first two films. She’s scared of her gift to travel into The Further, and scared of the entities haunting her, particularly a very familiar-looking old woman dressed in black. By helping Quinn, who was trying to contact her dead mother and accidentally summoned a malicious demon, Elise transforms into the Elise we know in the first two films. And she does get some bad ass moments in this third installment.
As for the scares, the writers used more the tension-building, slow-burning scares in this one, which I appreciated. Any seasoned horror fan can tell when a jump-scare is coming, and I get bored of the same formula used over and over again, so I enjoyed actually being scared a few times in the movie. One of the few jump scares they used, which occurs and the very end of the film, actually got me really good! Usually jump-scares are accompanied by the crescendo of music, then sudden silence, and then BAM! That last scare, though. No musical build-up, no loud noise. Got me real good.
I think this is a good place to stop as far as the “Insidious” films go; I don’t think we need anymore. Unless they want to make a movie out of Specs (Leigh Whannell) and Tucker’s (Angus Sampson) antics…I would pay good money to see that!