Insidious: Chapter 3 - Well, at Least It's Not Another Poltergeist

Matthew Parkinson | 5 Jun 2015 12:00
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Directed and written by Leigh Whannell. Produced by Jason Blum, Oren Peli, and James Wan. Release date: June 5, 2015.

It might just be because the Poltergeist remake was so abysmal, but I found myself not wanting to tear my eyeballs from my sockets while watching Insidious: Chapter 3, which I guess is as close to an endorsement as one can typically have for the third installment of a horror franchise. No, not all third chapters in horror series are bad, but it sure feels that way. About the only good one that immediately comes to mind is Saw III, and that might only be because of its tangential connection to the Insidious franchise.

That connection, for those unaware, came from the filmmaking duo of James Wan and Leigh Whannell. The former directed both Saw and the first and second Insidious films, while the latter wrote the first three Saw flicks as well as all three (to-date) Insidious films. Whannell also takes over directorial duties this time around, replacing Wan mostly in name, if not style. Having worked so closely together over the last decade, it's understandable that Whannell's directorial style closely mirrors that of his more established friend.

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Insidious: Chapter 3 is actually a prequel to the first two films, taking place several years before the haunting of the Lambert family. This time around, the target of a demon is Quinn (Stefanie Scott), a teenager who tried to contact her dead mother, but wound up having a demon haunting her instead. Why? It's really not clear, and I guess it doesn't matter. You're here to watch a girl get haunted by a demon who takes the form of a decomposing old man with a breathing mask, and what you get is a movie in which a girl gets haunted by a demon who takes the form of a decomposing old man with a breathing mask.

Returning from the previous films is Elise (Lin Shaye), a psychic who has battled demons before, and if the movie is a success, will no doubt battle them again. Other primary characters come in the form of Quinn's father (Dermot Mulroney), who is such an important character that I can't remember if he's ever given a name, and the two comic relief characters from the first two films, Tucker (Angus Sampson) and Specs (Whannell).

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