Insidious: Chapter 3 (2015)
Before the haunting of the Lambert Family, Elise Rainier (Lin Shaye) reluctantly decides to answer the pleas of a teenage girl named Quinn (Stefanie Scott) who wishes to desperately contact her dead mother. However, when Elise calls out to Quinn’s mother, a supernatural demon hears the calls and targets Quinn for its own malicious intent. It is now a race to rescue Quinn before the entity can swallow Quinn’s soul forever!
Set before the events of the first 2 movies, Insidious Chapter 3 goes back to the roots of the original Insidious and delivers more thrills and scares over the 2nd installment. Writer/Director Leigh Whannell must have taken a lot of heat after the disappointment of Chapter 2 and now offers Chapter 3 as a peace-offering to fans… and let me tell you it delivers.
If you don’t know, I love Insidious. The first movie is in my Top 100 due to the fact that it will chill you to the bone. It is creepy, eerie, scary and chilling. As a horror fan, the original gave me everything I needed to feel haunted and chilled to my core. The second movie offered none of these moments and I figured the series left for dead, but here we are with Chapter 3!
I went into this movie with low expectations, and even from the opening scene, I was bored. I’m sick and tired of watching “horror films” that open with lackluster scenes of sunny days and drab dialogue. Is it so hard to get a horror film to open with a chase or someone who actually looks scared!?!? I mean as great as Cloverfield is, the first 20 minutes of the movie is about a party and a break-up… zzzzz.
Anyways, after the first 15 minutes of the movie, it really begins to pick up as every scene seems to have something creepy or terrifying happen. The only negative thing I have to say about each scare is that someone making the film sure seems to think that loud, obnoxious, distracting noises need to accompany these moments. Whatever happened to soft noises or no noise at all allowing our eyes and brain scare themselves?!? Some of the moments in Insidious Chapter 3 could have been even creepier had their been little shock from the sound department. It really does become a huge distraction.
As the movie plays out, the pop-up scares and loud noises fade as we see more and more of the entity that is terrorizing Quinn. This is when it really begins to feel like an Insidious movie to me. I enjoy the references to the first 2 movies (as this is a prequel) and I might even advise others to watch Chapter 3 first before venturing into Chapter 1 and 2, but let’s face it, the first Insidious is awesome and although Chapter 3 is better than the 2nd, nothing will replace the fear you feel in the original. Thank you Mr. Whannell for saving this franchise and I hope there can be more like this to come! Co-starring Dermot Mulroney, Angus Sampson, and Leigh Whannell.
7/10 Stars – Although not near as scary or great as the first, Chapter 3 is a huge improvement over Chapter 2, and has put my faith back into the series!