With a well-defined script, the performance of every actor in Insidious Chapter 3 is realistic, but devoid of onscreen chemistry. This results in their performance lacking in the requisite emotional impact, thereby rendering the output as a mere flimsy act. What begins as a soul-captivating movie winds up as an insipid horror story that leaves no impact.
Written and directed by Leigh Whannel, Insidious Chapter 3 is stated to be a prequel of the previous two Insidious chapters, where the incidents that occur here are “a few years before the Lambert haunting”.
This time, Insidious 3 movie surrounds the Brenner family and unveils the medium, Elise’s association with the technically savvy ghost hunters Tucker (Angus Sampson) and Specs (Leigh).
It hits the road with a young wannabe actor, Quinn Brenner (Stefanie Scott) showing up at the door of the recently retired, Elise (Lin Shaye) in hope that she could help her make contact with her dearest late mother, who suffered from cancer.
The medium Elise strongly advises Quinn not to attempt to contact the dead on her own. She firmly says, “Do not do this yourself. If you call out to one of the dead, all of them can hear you”.
Quinn returns home disappointed and still believes that “someone wants to talk to her, who is not here anymore”. So, she attempts connecting to her mother on her own.
It is during her audition that she sees a figure waving out at her that distracts her focus. It’s obvious that she fails the audition. Shortly later, while she is walking down the street towards her friend’s car, she is again distracted by this shadow and this distraction leads to an unfortunate accident that forever leaves her wheelchair bound with both fractured legs.
It is while she is recuperating in her apartment that she experiences paranormal activities around her. Her dad Sean (Dermont Mulroney) gets alarmed by the extent of these paranormal activities that is doing his daughter harm. As Elise had refused to help them, he seeks the assistance of two novice ghostbusters named Tucker and Specs, in a futile endeavour.
The way of work of Insidious chapter 3 full movie is more of an atmospheric terror drama than a straight up horror movie. The pace is relaxed and slow, it builds its momentum gradually. The film picks up steam once Elise finally returns from her psychic retirement. She enters the realms of the other plane, The Further, to save Quinn.
With a well-made script, the performance of every actor is ultra-realistic, but somehow lack of onscreen chemistry. This results in their performance lacking in the requisite emotional impact, thereby rendering the output as a mere flimsy act. Stefanie as Quinn is not only charming, but she also expresses well her emotion. Dermont Mulroney, as her father, lacks the paternal persona. Lin Shaye as Elise Rainer is fairly consistent.
The cinematography, sound effects as well as the production quality of the film are good and unfailing. The cluttered home, the chilling neo-gothic building and the frightening lighting, enhances the horror quotient. It adds to the viewing experience. It is the few but effectively well-timed jump scares that can rattle you mildly.
What starts off as an intriguing film ends up as an insipid horror tale that leaves no impact.