Director: Leigh Whannell
Writer: Leigh Whannell (Screenplay)
Starring: Dermot Mulroney, Stefanie Scott, Angus Sampson, Leigh Whannell, Lin Shaye, Tate Berney, Michael Reid Mackay, Steve Coulter, Hayley Kiyoko, Corbett Tuck
Plot: A prequel set before the haunting of the Lambert family that reveals how gifted psychic Elise Rainier 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 entity.
There may be spoilers the rest of the review
Verdict: Insidious Origins
Story: Insidious Chapter 3 starts by taking us back before the Lambert hauntings, where we meet Quinn (Scott) who goes to psychic Elise Rainier (Shaye), Quinn wants to communicate with her deceased mother. Quinn has been trying to communicate with her mother on her own but as Elise hears the stories about what has been happening she knows without her help something has heard Quinn’s calls, Elisa leaves Quinn with a warning to stop calling out to the dead because they can all hear her calling.
Quinn is part of a struggling family with her father Sean (Mulroney) and younger brother Alex (Berney), Quinn is also an aspiring young actress who is getting a chance to go to an acting school. When Quinn messes up the audition she goes to her best friend Maggie (Kiyoko), but she is hit by a car putting her in the position of being in a nightmare world where a man awakens her in the hospital.
Returning home wheel chair bound Quinn gets a message from the crazy cat lady warning her that the man who doesn’t breathe is watching her and waiting in her room. Now it is time for all the haunting to beginning s grab your pillow and close your eyes. Quinn has an increased haunting presence in her life while Elise battles with the ideas of whether to come out of retirement and help Quinn only to find out the true terror that awaits Quinn and everyone in her life as the man who can’t breathe has picked his latest victim.
Insidious Chapter 3 manages to take three of thee side characters from the first films and giving them an origin story. That part was good because we learn how the three end up together and their histories before the events of the original. On the main characters storyline we get copy and repeat ideas, the young girl get injured leading her to get taken over slowly, we get a lot of hints of things that will happen into the next stage of the franchise. The film ends up giving us all of the best horror scenes in the trailer and nearly every single jump scare is the dead silent and BOOM! Music along with the grab scene, it happens over and over again. I did like the new demon because it offers a chance to give us a frightening but repetitive figure. In the end we go through the motions of we have been here before give us a new jump scare. (5/10)
Dermot Mulroney: Sean Brenner is widowed father who is trying to raise his two children struggling as he does it, he must try to help his daughter once she starts going through a string of paranormal experiences. Dermot does a solid job but doesn’t give enough in the role. (5/10)
Stefanie Scott: Quinn Brenner is lovely innocent young school girl reaching the age to attend college, she wants to become an actress. Quinn has been struggling after the loss of her mother and starts trying to reach out only to find a different presence out there wanting to return to our world. Quinn gets hit in by a car ending up in a wheel chair where the presences that she has bought back gets her right where she needs to take over her slowly. Stefanie does a good job giving us genuine scares from start to finish. (8/10)
Lin Shaye: Elise Rainier is our returning psychic who has been out of the game due to her own personal problems but reluctantly decides to help Quinn get rid of her demon, giving her a chance to also exorcise her own demons too. Lin does a good job returning to give more development to her character. (7/10)
Support Cast: Insidious Chapter 3 has supporting characters that come in for parts of the films but disappear in the second half. We do get Specs and Tucker coming back that really works but we only see them late in the movie. The demons are all solid enough giving us a way to hint at future films.
Director Review: Leigh Whannell – Leigh takes the camera after two films writing the films, he does simple job but never really captures the atmosphere the first two capture. (5/10)
Horror: Insidious Chapter 3 will keep the horror fans happy with the jump scares coming thick and fast, but you know when every single one will hit. (7/10)
Settings: Insidious Chapter 3 brings the elements of horror to everyday life when they are in the apartment making it feel like it could have happened to anyone. (8/10)
Special Effects: Insidious Chapter 3 uses great effects for every fright scene, and they leg snapping walking scene is truly great effects. (8/10)
Suggestion: Insidious Chapter 3 is one the casual horror fans will enjoy because the scares come easily but give us nothing that will haunt us. (Casual Horror Fans Watch)
Best Part: Early Stages.
Worst Part: The last scene, Jump scares happening with ease.
Scariest Scene: Locking Quinn in the room.
Believability: No, but Specs and Tucker could come off real because they are faking their skills. (3/10)
Chances of Tears: No (0/10)
Chances of Sequel: Maybe, it will get fans interested.
Post Credits Scene: No
Oscar Chances: No
Box Office: $22 Million Opening Weekend
Runtime: 1 Hour 37 Minutes
Tagline: This is how you die
Overall: Insidious Chapter 3 is a film that is totally ruined because all the scares were in the Trailer