There’s a certain charm in the Insidious franchise. The first movie was pretty much a rehash of Poltergeist, but it brought back an element that had been sorely missing in mainstream horror movies which is creepiness. We now have a third movie of the franchise directed by Leigh Whannell. Normally, the third installment of a horror franchise is expected to be a simple cash grab. Still, people are aware of how terrible cash grabs can be that make Insidious 3 is surprisingly effective.
Insidious 3 full movie is actually a misnomer since it’s a prequel in the series taking place a few years before the events of the first two movies. This time, a little girl Quinn (Stefanie Scott) lives with her single dad (Dermott Mulroney) and she is haunted by an evil entity who wants to possess her body. Elise (Lin Shaye is contacted by Quinn’s dad to help her out but she refuses because she herself is tormented by an entity from the Nether World. The story pretty much ends, but Elise finally agrees to help the girl and the two crackpot ghostbusters (Whannell and Angus Sampson) making their first intro.
Insidious 3 is indeed more of the same horror tropes. Yet, it is another haunted house, tormented girl and exorcism movie, but what makes it enjoyable is its creepy factor. The filmmakers know that the scares are most important for Insidious 3 film, and they deliver it in a huge way. This time, the long silences prior to the big jump scare have some meaning as they lead to something relevant to the story. The sheer eeriness and tension built up towards the jump scares makes you cringe in fear.
There’s always a heightened sense of dread throughout the film. All of that is made by the incredible lighting of cinematographer Brian Pearson and spine tingling music of Joseph Bishara. Insidious chapter 3 movie also maintains a good balance between offering fans of the series fun throwback moments towards the first two movies and delivering original scares on its own. Insidious 3 movie is probably not as scary as the first movie since you’re accustomed to the horror style of the series, but the spooky moments are serviceable even if they’re familiar.
The major niggle with the movie is its schmaltz, but thankfully that has been kept to a minimum. There’s also a really awkward scene towards the end where Elise teams up with the ghostbusters. It’s the only place where Insidious 3 movie shows Whannell’s lack of experience in directing movie. Speaking of which, the ghostbusters are a fun mismatched couple, reminiscent of the Lone Gunmen from The X Files as they could seriously use a horror comedy spinoff of their own.