Friday, 05 June 2015 00:00

Insidious: Chapter 3 Featured

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Gramercy Pictures, Stage 6, Entertainment One, BH Productions and Automatik Entertainment present a 97 minute, PG-13, Horror film directed and written by Leigh Whannell with a theater release date of June 5, 2015.


The story takes place a few years before the Lambert haunting. Quinn Brenner (Stefanie Scott) a young girl who is mourning the loss of her mother Lily (Ele Keats) drives a long way to visit psychic Elise Rainier (Lin Shaye) in order to communicate with her mother to answer some questions. One problem Elise has promised herself to never enter the dark side again for several reasons but one in particular, the woman in black (Tom Fitzpatrick) who is trying to kill her. Yet after some tearful eyes Elise decides to try and help but what she opens the door to is the nightmare that is actually following Quinn and it’s not her mother.

Upon returning home Quinn begins to experience more abnormal happenings in her home. She confides in her father Sean (Dermot Mulroney) and even her brother Alex (Tate Berney) yet the strange noises and sightings of a man wearing an oxygen mask (Michael Reid MacKay) become more prevalent and threatening to only her. Held up in bed with two injured legs from a recent accident Quinn has no choice but to rely on her father for help. It’s not until Sean begins to experience the events does he seek out Elise for help. Sometime later Elise decides to leave her dog at home and visit Quinn in the attempt to banish the evil from her life. What she finds besides Spectral Sightings guys Tucker (Angus Sampson) and Specs (Leigh Whannell) is a concerned father and brother and a very frightened young girl afraid to die. Elise is driven by her inner strength to fight back, not only at her own demon but also the old man out to over-take Quinn’s soul. “Come on bitch” and let the fights begin to save a young girl and reunite her with her mother as Elise enters in the further. Albeit in the end, we all know that everyone will eventually die but for some not too soon, hopefully!

I have to say I really enjoyed this horror film which stands alone quite well from the first two. The Insidious franchise is doing well, once again leaving the door open for Chapter 4. Rightfully so since this horror genre happens to be my favorite. I jumped out of my chair a few times meaning for me this film worked at scaring me and I’m pretty insensitive to the shock factor at this point. This film however took the old approach with suspense, thrills, horror, music, and scare tactics without the gore and they worked quite well. I personally am bored with the sparkle and glitter gore that so many horror films rely on so it was nice to see a moderate to no gore film that relies on true scare tactics that make the audience jump from their seats. I can’t imagine this film will not do well since it was a nice moving, well directed and written work sure to have a great word of mouth.

Mulroney was kind of moderate in this film, peaking a few times, yet still comfortable it seems to show is softer side. Scott although I’m not familiar with her she did an exception job which means we should be hearing her name quite a bit in the future. Sampson and Whannell although short lived in the script both brought a bit of levity to some otherwise bleak moments. Shaye was fantastic as she enter one the two worlds beyond us, that being the dark side. Berney, MacKay, Fitzpatrick, Keats and a few others all did this film justice since it was a home room from beginning to end. There may be a small cast but they all chipped in to bring a well-directed, written horror story sure to make you jump, scream and hide behind your hands several times throughout the film. I’ll tell you one thing after seeing it you may be sleeping with the lights on for a while. Written and thoroughly enjoyed with 3 paws out of 4 by Jon Patch.

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