Film Review: ‘Insidious: Chapter 3’ – Variety Says This Is Weakest Chapter in Series

“It’s all the more puzzling, then, that “Insidious: Chapter 3” keeps Shaye in the shadows for so much of its running time, and keeps Specs and Tucker (introduced as bumbling practitioners of a YouTube ghostbusting channel) on ice for even longer. During most of that time, Whannell tries his hand at the kind of atmospheric, slow-burn scares that made Wan’s films textbook examples of what Roger Ebert termed “bruised forearm movies” (so named the intensity with which they cause your date to squeeze your antebrachium). But whereas Wan (who retains a producer credit here, and makes a cameo appearance) is the sort of director who can effortlessly turn a billowing curtain or creaking floorboard into an unbearable portent of dread, Whannell rarely makes the neck hairs quiver, let alone stand at attention. The only risk of arm injury here comes from the frequent checking of one’s watch.

Around the one-hour mark, once Whannell finally has the whole ghost-hunting band back together again, “Insidious: Chapter 3” gives off a few fleeting sparks of pleasure and conjures up a couple of memorably creepy images (including that of a half-formed woman with no face, hands, or feet). But what, finally, can one say about a movie in which the family being haunted seems more embalmed than the ghosts doing the haunting?”

-From the Variety.com review by Scott Foundas

Sadly, we have heard the similar things from several other reviews. About the only upside here is saving the high cost of a ticket price, but we were hopeful this would be worth going out to see and scream at the top of our lungs a few times. If you’ve seen it, and think this review is too hard on Insidious: Chapter 3, please do tell!

You can read the entire review by clicking “View original” on the lower left.

INSIDIOUS CHAPTER 3 -The First Trailer and Equally Creepy Poster Is Here!

All right, let’s start off with the trailer, which calls this entry “the darkest yet”. Hey, maybe we’ll get an “R” rating! That way we won’t have to put up with loud tweeners talking as if they were in their own living room (with fireworks or something going on outside so they have to raise their voices to hear each other) like we did with, say, “Mama” and “Insidious Chapter Two”.

Great news- Lin Shaye is in the film as Elise Ranier, alive;  this one takes place before the events in Insidious (2010). I read someone calling this a “period piece” due to the fact that the cell phones used for texting in the commercial are “old”. Hey, guess what? There’s no way this movie took place over ten years ago, we already aren’t thrilled when someone calls something taking place in the 80s a period piece. “Mad Men” is a period piece. Merchant/Ivory specialized in period pieces. Something that happened after 2001 is not a period piece. OK, enough of that. Check out the poster (which actually makes sense as long as you don’t try to figure it out immediately) below.

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It might as well end AND HE IS RIGHT BEHIND YOU. Here’s the plot details that have been release so far:

 A prequel set before the haunting of the Lambert family that reveals how gifted psychic Elise Rainier reluctantly agrees to use her ability to contact the dead in order to help a teenage girl who has been targeted by a dangerous supernatural entity.

Leigh Whannell will be helming this one, writing and directing, Fangoria reported exclusively yesterday that Whannell reached out to William Friedkin for advice, and he ended up sort of mentoring him for the film. Read the Fango article, which includes an interview with Whannell here!

Here is one very scary screencap we grabbed from the trailer… if we saw that thing, we’d be out of their so fast we wouldn’t bother saying, “Yeah, I’m outta here.”

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Insidious Chapter 3 will be here next summer. More as it comes in!