This chilling prequel, set before the haunting of the Lambert family, 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.
This chilling prequel, set before the haunting of the Lambert family, 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. less
“Insidious 3 will give you enough goosebumps in spite of its generic story!”
Despite the frustrating uninventiveness of it all, there's an interesting film hidden somewhere beneath the tripe that 'Insidious: Chapter 3' is - one which focuses on the corporealiy of the evil spirits that haunt its characters. Director Leigh Whannell starts the movie off with what seems like subjective horror - you know, where only one character can see the ghost - and gradually drops in clues about the spirit for other characters; panning out from subjective to objective. This surely isn't the first film to deal with physical ghosts, but the early parts at least provide some cheap fun thanks to the film's shrewd use of the shot-reverse shot technique resulting in surreal moments. Sadly, the film soon devolves into a thoroughly generic mishmash of modern horror movie tropes. It's all annoyingly haphazard; and without a compelling narrative to make the jump-scare moments effective, it's hard to stay invested in the proceedings. Nevertheless, there's one scene which draws intrigue out of intelligent use of cinematic space. The scene involves a couple of guys video-tracking as the protagonist (who's wired with a camera so the ghost-hunters can monitor her actions) walks while asleep. But nothing special is made out of this either, and it culminates in a boring, B-movie moment that doesn't carry any heft. The lack of an intriguing narrative isn't the only thing that bogs down 'Insidious: Chapter 3' - the film could have benefitted from a more unapologetically campy swagger, amping up the colours and music and flamboyant camera moves making it a sensory delight; but it's too timid, too generic to opt for that mode too. All it does is listlessly go through the motions.