Tip toe through the tulips with me, again because we made a bunch of money doing this twice before. Insidious: Chapter 3 is a prequel to the first two Insidious chapters that were directed by James Wan. They were hits both critically and finically. With a new director and a different family trying to reach the dead, Blumhouse hopes to strike again with a hit.
Set a little bit before the haunting of the Lambert family, Quinn Breener (Stefanie Scott) is trying to reach her dead mother who has been for over a year. She seeks the help of Elise (Lin Shaye) who is reluctant at first but comes around after things start to unravel.
With Wan siting this one out and instead taking a role producing the film, I have to admit I was skeptical. I’m a fan of all of Wan’s work from the first Saw, the two previous Insidious films and The Conjuring. His latest venture into the action genre with Fast 7 was solid.
Leigh Wannell helms the third chapter and I have to say he does a good job and this film does have a James Wan feel, you can tell he was very hands on with the process. There is some really creepy and ominous imagery in this one throughout. He does a great job of capturing the tone of the previous films. The orchestra score was present throughout and is used at just the right time to catch the audience off guard. This movie did jump scares right, it set the scene and had you on the edge and then hits you with something terrifying. Is the story clichè? Yes. Do the scares make up for that? Yes. They come in fast and furious (pun intended). Usually in horror films you get exposition, exposition then scare. This was scare scare scare and some exposition. If you’re looking to be frightened on a Saturday night this is totally worth your time.
This movie works because of Stefaine Scott and Lin Shaye. These two light up the screen in this movie. We know what Lin brings to the table as Elise in these movies. She’s fantastic. A new scream queen? I think she puts her stamp on that title here. I think Stefanie Scott could be on her tail if she stays in the horror genre. You find yourself rooting for her as Quinn. She’s very very likable and in a horror movie you need to have that. The scares will hit even harder if you like the lead. Quinn goes through so much in this movie, you just want her to catch a break. She catches a couple in this movie but they aren’t the kind of breaks you want. You just wonder if she will have any limbs left after the movie.
You get to see the beginning of Tucker and Specs with Elise. Those two guys are as funny as ever here.
Insidious 3 delivers on the scares and has two solid leads. The imagery is terrifying. Looking to have some fun at the movies? Want to buy a nightlight and need a reason? Here it is.