Insidious: Chapter 3
Director: Leigh Whannell
Writer: Leigh Whannell
Prequel to: Insidious, Insidious: Chapter 2
Cast: Stefanie Scott, Dermot Mulroney, Leigh Whannell, Angus Sampson, Lin Shaye, Steve Coulter
Seen on: 7.7.2015
Quinn’s (Stefanie Scott) mother recently died and Quinn is unwilling to let go. She believes that her mother is still around somewhere, so she goes to psychic Elise (Lin Shaye) in an attempt to contact her. Despite Elise retiring recently, she agrees to give it a try. But something goes wrong: something comes back with Quinn to her bedroom and attacks her, causing serious injury. After Quinn tells him what happened, her father (Dermot Mulroney) goes back to Elise to beg for her help.
Whenever Insidious 3 is a prequel, it’s really great. But whenever it tries to be its own film, it falls a little falt. Nevertheless it is still a very much above average horror movie.
Insidious 3 is certainly an atmospheric film that really has some good scares in it. At one point I even gasped audibly – I don’t think that ever happened to me before. But it also brings the customary humor, particularly with Specs and Tucker that is always appreciated, especially since it never takes over the scary bits, but provides a little relief in between.
And I really appreciated the back stories for Elise, Specs and Tucker. Insidious 3 basically gives us an origin story for them and it’s a touching one (in Elise’ case), and one with a lot of warmth and, again, humor. But here’s the thing: that was pretty much what I cared for in the film. I didn’t care for Quinn and I didn’t care for her story, I wanted it to be all about Elise, Specs and Tucker. So whenever the movie focused on Quinn (as it is wont to do: it needs some kind of self-contained narrative focus after all), I tuned slightly out. At the end it feels like the film itself noticed where my interests lay: so we end on Elise and her “boys”, and not on Quinn and her family.
Sometimes the script is also just plain weak, especially regarding supporting characters that are just lost and never heard of again: Quinn’s friends in particular, but also her brother. Especially the former are only there to set-up two different scares and then disappear. That’s just sloppy writing. I would have rather not had those scares.
But altogehter I really enjoyed the film. My criticism are certainly more nitpicky than they’d be with other horror films because I just really enjoyed the Insidious movies so far and expect a lot of them. And while their quality is going down since the first film, it’s a very gentle curve.