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Review: Insidious: Chapter 3

P.S. We apologise to the man sitting next to James during the screening.

Review: Insidious: Chapter 3

Insidious: Chapter 3

James Gilmore

W!ZARD News Author

As a huge horror fan myself, when I found that that a prequel to the infamous Insidious series was being filmed I screamed like a little girl… a similar scream I would shortly use again when actually watching the film.

Insidious: Chapter 3 is set before the haunting of the Lambert family (1 and 2) and reveals the story of how gifted psychic Elise Rainier (played by horror veteran Lin Shay) 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 demon. Of the worst type. The film is set-up in a way which suggests that, without the happenings of Chapter 3, the other two films wouldn’t be possible.

For this release, Leigh Whannell (who has written the other two Insidious films) has also taken the director role, taking over from buddy James Wan who was busy directing Furious 7 whilst production for the latest instalment of this franchise was rolling.

Whannell proves that he is equally as talented in the director’s chair as the established Wan, continuing the infinite Insidious feel and modern-horror genre that has been well executed in the past by the partnership. If I hadn’t known that Whannell had directed it instead of Wan, I would have never realised.

Insidious: Chapter 3 sticks to a strong storyline as well – making you cry and laugh as well as climb under your chair in utter fear. The story centres on the character of Quinn Brenner (played by Stefanie Scott) who is being possessed by an evil demon after trying to contact her mother who had recently died of cancer. Whannell manages to play on the audiences emotions and pull on heart strings with the regular referrals back to why Brenner is attempting to contact the dead in the first place, with most of the audience reduced to tears by the end.

At the same time, there are comedic references to the early 2000’s, when the film is based, with the uprising of food selfies, slide phones and blogging quickly taking society by storm.

None of this challenges the true fear factor though, with many genuinely terrifying moments that jump out at you. Whannell stays true to some of the franchise’s best tools, being able to create terrifying moments by having both jump scares and tense moments of suspense. I must apologise to the poor man sitting next to me during the screening, I grabbed onto his arm one time too many…

Whilst no film in this franchise will ever beat the first Insidious, this is definitely a top contender for second best with a well rounded storyline truly drawing you into the characters in the film. If anything, the fact that you are more invested in these characters makes it even more frightening.

Overall outstanding performances by the entire cast, however Stefanie Scott (Quinn Brenner) and Lin Shaye (Elise Rainier) are highlights, providing those moments that remind you why you just love a horror film.


Insidious: Chapter 3 is in all good cinemas now.

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