Saturday, January 6, 2018

Movie Review: Insidious: Chapter 3

A significant step down in the franchise, this third film is a prequel that only carries over a few of the characters from the original. A young girl Quinn Brenner (Stefanie Scott) seeks out Elise Rainier (Lin Shaye) to contact her mother but when Elise uses her power to contact the other side, she summons something worse. Quinn hopes to get from under her stressed out father Sean (Dermot Mulroney) and her annoying little brother Alex (Tate Berney). She fails at her audition to theater school and goes out to forget with her friend. She is hit by a car and during the recovery process, she falls into the Further. Confined to her bed, Quinn starts to experience all sorts of supernatural occurrences. The center of these occurrences is a creepy looking old man who wears an oxygen mask.

Elise senses something is wrong and she, too, encounters the evil man. Quinn is unable to flee from the haunting things she sees and the old man gets closer to her every night. Sean tries to help his daughter but there is not much that he can do. Eventually, Elise visits Quinn even though she is afraid that if she continues to venture into the Further, she will be killed by an evil woman, the same woman that terrified in the two previous films. Elise knows that the woman is angry after she banished it from Josh long ago. She tries to go into the Further to help Quinn but she is attacked by the woman and she flees in fear.

The old man tortures Quinn, even more, bringing her up to the room above and nearly pulling her out of the window. Sean doesn't know how to protect his daughter but his son suggests bringing in two paranormal investigators who he has seen on the internet. Specs (Leigh Whannell) and Tucker (Angus Sampson) arrive and are unsure of what they are investigating. They rig up a camera to Quinn and wait while she sleeps. The camera starts to move but they can't find Quinn when they enter her bedroom. She appears behind them and has seemingly recovered from her injuries. She attacks the men but they manage to tie her down when Elise returns. She agrees to help them and stages another seance.

Elize enters the Further to search for Quinn but first she is confronted by various demonic presences including the woman dressed in black. She uses her life powers to push her back then enters the apartment version of the Further. Another victim of the old man is still there and helps Elise find where the old man is holding Quinn in an awful state with no arms and a missing face. Elise frees Quinn and they flee back through the Further but even Elise can fully pull her away. Elise calls to Quinn's mother who shows up to free Quinn from the clutches of the old man and return to her body. 

Insidious: Chapter 3 is probably the worst film in the series with only very small relation back to the original story. The franchise tries to shift to focusing on Elise but without an interesting main victim, the scares are the only thing that makes it worthwhile. While Lin Shaye is enjoyable and Whanell and Sampson add some levity, the creepy old man is definitely the scariest part and the reason this film is even a slightly enjoyable horror film. It's strange that Whannell wrote to good movies and then writes this bad film. He takes over directing and this film just doesn't live up to the others making this another horror franchise that went on too long. 

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