Film Review: “Insidious Chapter 3” by Blade Brown
Plot: A prequel set before the haunting of the Lambert family that reveals how gifted psychic Elise Rainier reluctantly agrees to use her ability to contact the dead in order to help a teenage girl who has been targeted by a dangerous supernatural entity.
After the atrocity that was Insidious Chapter 2, director James Wan literally switched gears and went on to direct the mega blockbuster Furious 7. Feeling there was more life in the franchise, writer Leigh Whannell (Saw) assumes directing duties in the third installment of the horror franchise.
The film follows Quinn Brenner. A young girl who reaches out to Elise in hopes of contacting her recently deceased mother. After a talk, Elise who at this point is retired, decides to help Quinn out and tries to contact her mother. Elise has a terrible vision and warns Quinn of the dangers that await in “the further” and advises her to leave the spirit world alone. After a freak accident leaves her temporarily handicapped, Quinn starts to having visions and is tormented by a disfigured entity.
Meanwhile, Elise begins to understand the gift she has isn’t something she can stop using. So she decides to help Quinn and her father get rid of the spirit that’s latched onto her. Along the way, they come across a team of paranormal investigators named Specs and Tucker. If you’ve seen the original two films, you’ll know their importance to the team that the trio will eventually turn into.
The film isn’t quite as good as the first one, but its far more superior than Chapter 2. The film is also a very good prequel, as it connects a few dots and leads into the first Insidious quite well. Elise’s ties to the woman that would later be known as the “Bride In Black” are also explained. Veteran actress Lin Shaye does a great job carrying the movie when she’s called upon to do so, and the last act alone makes up for any shortcomings the film had.
This would be a fitting end to the Insidious film trilogy. It would be a proper way to send these characters off. Although I wouldn’t be against a TV series based on Specs and Tucker’s early days as investigators. That would be a treat. But as far as feature films go, leave well enough alone. Don’t run this franchise into the ground like they did the “Saw” movies.
If you have seen the previous installments, this is worth checking out as it a worthy entry. If you haven’t seen any of the movies, I suggest you watch the movies in chronological order. You’ll probably be more entertained that way.
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