Insidious: Chapter 3 is a prequel to its franchise, just as last year’s Annabelle was to The Conjuring. Both prequels are a dire ghost routine compared to their qualitative and profitable initial offerings. The movie, written and directed by Leigh Whannel, has a markedly low production value. The movie’s fan following is called Insidiots for their unwavering loyalty.
A ghostly entity has entered the lives of ordinary folks. Sean Brenner has a teenage daughter and a spoilt preteen son. The teenage daughter, Quinn, is reaching out to the ghost world to look for her deceased mom. The cause and effect is an unwanted ghostly presence entering in her realm. She seeks help from Elise, who initially refuses, but eventually gives in.
Does It Work?
The Insidious franchise is based on Ghostbusters-style adventures with paranormal investigators Tucker and Specs and mentor Elise who appears as a ghostly presence in this movie. The running time of the movie is 97 minutes. Elise has been given a back-story here, shown as a widow who steps into the spirit world searching for her now dead husband, bringing along some baggage (the twist ties in with other movies).
The puzzling fact is that Insidious: Chapter 3 keeps mentor Elin Shaye in the shadows for the greater part of its running time. Director Leigh Whannel attempts his hand at slow burn scares, but fails to make an impression in terms of story and to be honest, the movie is not really scare. Once the movie settles in after an hour, it starts to appeal the horror movie fan base with its Ghost-busting team back in action in intense horror scenes.
The movie ends on a cliffhanger again just as its predecessor did with Elise in mortal danger. For a horror movie, it’s painstakingly long and too cartoonish. It’s another forgettable summer movie. Not to mention, it’s not the last you will see of this franchise.
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