Insidious Chapter 3 is a horror film directed by Leigh Whannel and the latest installment in the Insidious series, it’s actually a prequel as well, showing how psychic Elise helps out a teen girl who has been targeted by an evil force, the film stars Dermot Mulroney, Stefanie Scott, Lin Shaye.
The film has that feeling of an Insidious story almost straight away with the focus on a particular individual and their family, as the Brenner family move into their new house, after the loss of their mother, the daughter Quinn is taking things particularly hard and is involved in a car accident, limiting her to the new house. Events play out as you would expect with things going bump in the night and Quinn (Stefanie Scott) seeing and hearing strange things, letting us know their new house is haunted, she goes through quite a lot in the film to say the least but her father Sean (Dermot Mulroney) is there for her.
Also there is the character that has been in all the Insidious films, Elise (Lin Shaye) who gives a pretty good performance as Elise, initially reluctant, she empathises with the Brenners and decides to help, Insidious Chapter 3 gives an insight into how Elise becomes a respected psychic who deals with cases of individual hauntings and this was an interesting touch. Though that was just about the only good thing in the film for me, the plot feels recycled and doesn’t bring anything new to Insidious and you can’t help but feel like you’ve seen it all before, the multitude of jump scares weren’t really scary either and the film got progressively less scary as it went on.
That being said, there were some tense moments with certain scenes – that cast scene was pretty horrific but they were few and far between and also the spirits that we do see in the film look a bit lazily designed, a far cry from the spirits in Insidious, the series seems to have just forgotten what made the first film so effective and well received and it throws in a bunch of horror clichés, one dimensional characters and predictable events.
Another likeable thing was the more emotional moments in the film, which were done well enough, brought mostly by good moments from Lin Shaye.
I guess Insidious Chapter 3 didn’t quite know what to do to stand out and be a good horror film, it’s ultimately pretty disappointing if it is the last Insidious outing, though it does have a strong performance from Lin Shaye and a few tense scenes peppered through the plot, it’s enough to elevate the film to the quality of Insidious and Insidious Chapter 2.
. Forced, predictable jump scares
. Lack of any real tension
. Conforms to genre clichés, ends Insidious on a whimper