INSIDIOUS CHAPTER 3 | REVIEW

I love horror, some people detest it, some people are scared of it, I just love it. If a film can elicit enough out of me that I have to look away or turn off the movie then it has power over me. Any film that has that much power over me must be good, I am the commander of my movie universe, if you overpower that, you are awesome. INSIDIOUS CHAPTER 3 is obviously the third in the creepy series and this one is a prequel. It is out now at all commercial cinemas from Sony Pictures Releasing Australia, it runs for 97mins and surprisingly is only rated M.

 

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INSIDIOUS CHAPTER 3 | SALTY POPCORN MOVIE REVIEW | MOVIE POSTER IMAGE

 

BY JASON KING

Now is it just me or does that poster look like the little girl out of JURASSIC PARK (#1) when she has the jelly in her hands the velociraptors turn up? Ummmm pic? Sorry can’t find one but so off topic haha. INSIDIOUS CHAPTER 3 is the third horror movie in the series, as mentioned this one is a prequel and the lead stars are all newbies to the franchise. This is set in an apartment building (the same apartment building from THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT), where Quinn Brenner (Stefanie Scott) really misses her deceased mother and while her father, Sean (Dermot Mulroney) struggles to raise Quinn and her little brother, Alex (Tate Berney) Quinn has been trying to contact her mother in the spirit world (silly girl).

She feels that sometimes she is actually making progress and her diary turns up in different places and little things occur that lead her to believe that quite possibly she is making progress, but it is nothing substantial. So she heads to find an expert.

 

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INSIDIOUS CHAPTER 3 | SALTY POPCORN MOVIE REVIEW | ELISE RAINIER (LIN SHAYE)

 

Said expert is retired Elise Rainier (Lin Shaye), a woman who got too close, lost her husband to depression and suicide and has had evil demons from the other side try to kill her when on their plane. Rainier warns Quinn “if you call out to one of the dead, they all hear” and there we have our movie.

Lin Shaye is also the main reason I watch Insidious movies, she is a prolific actor and she has always had her foot in the horror door, actually a teacher in A NIGHTMARE ON ELM ST, in CRITTERS and one of the people who is in every Insidious movie, along with Angus Sampson and Leigh Whannell. She is the strength, the frail, the survivor and she battles them demons good I tells ya.

After Shaye I enjoyed the “origin story” of Tucker (Angus Sampson) and Specks (Leigh Whannell) actually meeting her and becoming the “ghost hunter” trio. Sampson is the ultimate comic relief, with his Mr T haircut, Masters of the Universe T-Shirt and cup caking eating hilarity and Whannell is again his perfect sidekick.

After these two the acting is all passable. Stefanie Scott does an admirable job of being totally destroyed by demons and gradually declining into ruin. The only person that disappointed was Dermot Mulroney – thought he was terribly miscast, I usually enjoy his work but he was a fish out of water in this one.

 

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INSIDIOUS CHAPTER 3 | SALTY POPCORN MOVIE REVIEW | SEAN BRENNER (DERMOT MULRONEY, TUCKER (ANGUS SAMPSON) AND SPECKS (LEIGH WHANNELL)

 

Then there is the thing you go to see these movies for, the horror, it does it well. This is the first chapter not directed by James Wan (he had FAST AND FURIOUS 7 to make) but the film ended in decent hands with Whannell, who has not only starred in both of them, but also written them both. He gives good jumps and knows how to build to a terror filled crescendo. I jumped about four times, I said the words “for fuck sake” twice I also closed my eyes twice, this is pretty decent. It really does tear Quinn apart, things really can’t get worse for her, it got to the point people in the cinema were laughing at how bad her situation was.

BUT – my few gripes  about the movie start with the fact that it really doesn’t do anything different. The story is slightly different but it mounts that formula like white on rice. It goes into that other place of horror a few times and if it wasn’t for Lin Shaye I would be tearing this film newbies. Then there is the love interest, Hector (Ashton Moio) – he is a pointless character they brought in for a few scenes then nothing, considering Moio is on the rise with some decent roles, notably in TEEN WOLF, and is also a damn cutie, why they didn’t use him more I will never know. Same goes for the best friend, waste of screen time because her character was pointless.

 

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INSIDIOUS CHAPTER 3 | SALTY POPCORN MOVIE REVIEW | QUINN BRENNER (STEFANIE SCOTT)

 

The final gripe was the last thing before the credits, or maybe it was mid credits, a scene with Lin Shaye and some demons, it was gimicky and it pissed me off. It was one of those final jump scenes and it was stupid. The film is not a comedy, don’t end with it.

It could have been worse but it ticked some good boxes and I enjoyed it even though it added nothing knew to the Insidious story arc.

 

3 Pops

 

 

Jason King is the owner and editor of Salty Popcorn and Spooning Australia. He is a movie, food, restaurant, wine, chocolate, bacon, burger and brussels sprouts addict. He is a member of the Film Critics Circle of Australia and has been in the Australian movie industry for 25yrs. He loves watching people trip over and is a passionate hater of everything Tony Abbott. All the social media links to the right and up will allow you to abuse, troll or stalk him :).