Insidious: Chapter 3 (2015) – Review

Even though it was painfully disappointing not to listen to the “Tiptoe Through The Tulips” song that anchored Insidious, the third part, Insidious Chapter 3, is a worthy prequel that against all odds didn’t ruin the franchise.

James Wan took a step back and let co-writer and star Leigh Whannell get the directorial credits. However, he had more of a silent presence in the third and – maybe – last part of the franchise firstly as a producer and additionally with an unexpected cameo.

With a familiar mise en scène that brings back memories of the franchise’s parallel paranormal extravaganza, we all have the chance to enjoy the terror inflicted by demons that play a malicious hide-and-seek juggling back and forth between two dimensions.

The story follows Quinn Brenner (Stefanie Scott) a young teenage girl who is struggling to cope with the recent loss of her mother while trying to focus on her future. Being burdened by her mother’s death drives young Quinn at the doorstep of a powerful psychic, the one and only Elise Rainier (the movie’s biggest asset Lin Shaye) who we enjoyed very much in the first two parts, in order to help her contact her mother.

Elise, who is also devastated by her husband’s recent suicide, hesitates to help Quinn enter the world of the dead for her own dark and dangerous reasons that will soon unravel and surprise the audience.

Things get worse for Quinn after a sudden car accident that almost cost her life and we see the young and scarred persona stuck in a wheelchair fragile and scared, as she begins to notice a weird presence in her house.

In an eerie and ominous parallel atmosphere that resembles the horror setting of The Shining, Quinn comes face to face with a demon that is trying to drag her to the dark world of the dead.

It seems that Insidious: Chapter 3 has one goal and one goal only: to use jump scares to the maximum level. From start to finish – and I mean literally until the very last second of the movie – Whannell wants to keep the audience on the edge of their seats using numerous tricks, including sound and image. The loyal fans of the genre will be able to see the jump scares coming, as they are not that inventive or original. If you’re not part of that niche, you’ll probably find yourselves feeling uneasy at several moments throughout the movie.

This time the creators decided to focus on a different angle of the story that precedes the events of the first two parts and the outcome is quite pleasing. The fact that it’s a prequel might discourage some, who claim to be warm-blooded fans of the franchise, because, as it usually happens, the prequels and exhaustive sequels are a tad disappointing.

Luckily, Insidious Chapter 3 is not that detached from the paranormal phenomena that haunted the Lambert family. The gifted psychic, Elise Rainier, and the extremely fun and goofy ghostbusters duo, Tucker and Specs (Leigh Whannell and Angus Sampson), maintain the balance in the franchise and thus Chapter 3 doesn’t feel irrelevant. On the contrary, it offers some good chills and is devoid of clichéd time killers.

 

And to quote Colin Clive in Frankenstein: It’s Alive! It’s Alive! 6/10

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