Insidious: Chapter 3 (2015)

July 13, 2015 - 6:48pm | FrighT MasteR
  Tags: Angus Sampson, Blumhouse Productions, Dermot Mulroney, FilmDistrict, ghosts, haunting, Insidious, Insidious: Chapter 3, Leigh Whannell, Lin Shaye, prequel, Stefanie Scott

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Leigh Whannell
Dermot Mulroney, Stefanie Scott, Lin Shaye, Angus Sampson, Leigh Whannell

I liked the first Insidious, but found the second to be kind of a boring possession flick. I mean, it had its moments, but it was an overall disappointment for me. Now we have this third installment, which not only revolves around a new family, but director James Wan is also absent this time 'round. Instead, writer Leigh Whannell goes behind the camera (and in front again as character Specs) in hopes of bringing forth another hit. While not a bad movie, it was still a little disappointing.

The story is set sometime before the Lambert family (from the first two), where actress Lin Shaye (Elise) has pretty much retired from the spirit-contacting game. That is, until a young teenage girl comes to her aid with the intention of contacting her deceased mother, who she believes has been trying to reach her. Naturally it turns out to be another evil ghost playing tricks in an attempt to eventually capture the poor girl. Once again it's up to Elise to go into "The Further" to deal with the pesky spirit and confront her own demons too while she's at it (might as well right?).

Although I like Leigh Whannell as a writer and an actor, he's no James Wan when it comes to scares. Aside from maybe one decent build up to a scare, the rest of the movie fell kind of flat in that department, using a lot of the same tactics we've already seen, along with standard pop scares to rattle the audience. In fact, a majority of the scares that actually would have been effective were already shown in the damn trailer, so the tension was lost since you already knew what was coming.

Aside from that the movie wasn't bad. It had the right atmosphere and there was an interesting subplot involving Lin Shaye's character that foreshadowed certain things. There were also nice nods to the other films and how some aspects originated, like how Specs and Tucker came to work with Elise. I also liked finally having a breather from the Lambert family, though this new family wasn't as fleshed out or interesting.

As for the new ghostly villain--he had his moments, but as much as I hate that Darth Maul-lookin' mutha F'er from the first movie or the creepy old lady from the second, I found them more menacing than this decrepit new baddy. I'm sorry, but an old dude in a hospital gown and a breathing mask isn't scary to me. Despite all that, it still managed to be a decent effort that offered a couple creepy moments. It's hard to say whether it was an improvement over the last flick, because they both had their pros and cons, but one thing's for sure--it's still nothing compared to the effectiveness of the first.

This latest Insidious chapter is a decent effort, but still not much of an improvement from the last. The scares weren't as effective as its predecessors and the story wasn't much different either, but the pacing was pretty solid and I liked seeing the origin and foreshadowing of certain aspects. If you're a fan of these movies then chances are you're gonna dig this, but you probably won't find it much better otherwise.

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