Insidious: Chapter 3
Hoyts Highpoint, 18/07 5:00pm
Running time: 97m
Country: United States
Classification: M (Supernatural themes, violence and infrequent coarse language)
Release date: 16/07/15
Cost: $10.00 (Optus Rewards)
Rating: 5/10 (ME 2.5/5, DP 2.5/5)
High school student and aspiring actress Quinn (Stephanie Scott) visits retired medium Elise (Lin Shaye) to try and make contact with her mother a year after her death. Elise warns her that when she tries to communicate with one spirit she opens herself to communicating with all of them. Following a serious accident that leaves her bed bound, the strange sounds and visions quickly escalate and Quinn finds herself pursued by a relentless demon. Can Elise come out of retirement to save Quinn from the mysterious forces within the ‘further'?
Insidious: Chapter 3 is a prequel to the two previous films in the Insidious franchise and is set before the haunting experienced by the Lambert family in the first two films. It can be a bit slow to get going but once it does there are plenty of chills, thrills and moments that will have you jumping in your seat. The imagery is a mix of scary, revolting and, at times, just silly. Insidious: Chapter 3 finally answers the question about how Elise teamed up with ghost geeks Specs and Tucker (Leigh Whannell and Angus Sampson)… though it’s a question I don’t recall anybody asking. All the same, it’s an interesting and enjoyable film.
Note: There’s possibly an uncredited cameo appearance by Darth Maul (as himself) in Insidious: Chapter 3. Well worth keeping an eye out for it. (ME)