Insidious: Chapter 3

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  • Summary: This chilling prequel, set before the haunting of the Lambert family, reveals how gifted psychic Elise Rainier (Lin Shaye) reluctantly agrees to use her ability to contact the dead in order to help a teenage girl (Stefanie Scott) who has been targeted by a dangerous supernatural entity.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 26
  2. Negative: 4 out of 26
  1. Reviewed by: Andy Webster
    Jun 4, 2015
    80
    Ms. Shaye gives Insidious more than sufficient reason for a Chapter 4.
  2. Reviewed by: Christy Lemire
    Jun 5, 2015
    75
    It wants to scare the hell out of you, and it does that quite effectively with several serious jumps. About a half-dozen times, I’d say, Whannell creates moments that are legitimately surprising and frightening because he uses silence so well in contrast.
  3. Reviewed by: Katie Rife
    Jun 4, 2015
    67
    The motif of grief runs throughout Insidious: Chapter 3, which is surprisingly thematically rich for the third installment of a horror franchise. This emotional undercurrent informs the fright scenes, which otherwise lean rather heavily on jump scares.
  4. Reviewed by: Katherine Pushkar
    Jun 4, 2015
    60
    You jump out of your skin the first few times the skeleton pops out at you. By the end of the ride, you’ve gotten a good look and it’s not so much scary as hokey.
  5. 50
    This is so often the problem with this genre — scary setups, followed by dopey resolutions — that you sort of want to give the movie a pass. But given its distinguished forebears, Insidious: Chapter 3 doesn’t quite live up to expectations.
  6. Reviewed by: Ed Gonzalez
    Jun 3, 2015
    50
    In lieu of advancing a view of the dead's dominion that doesn't abide by the law of "just becauses," Chapter 3 is often content to wink at the ways the first two films spooked audiences.
  7. Reviewed by: Michael Ordona
    Jun 4, 2015
    0
    Insidious: Chapter 3 is simply not scary. Not a bit, not a whit. Except that the audience will be terrified of the next stabbing of their eardrums, at generally predictable intervals.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 47
  2. Negative: 4 out of 47
  1. Jun 5, 2015
    10
    The creepiest of the insidious film series! just awesome! good acted and fantastic atmosphere! i liked it! easily is the second best horrorThe creepiest of the insidious film series! just awesome! good acted and fantastic atmosphere! i liked it! easily is the second best horror movie of the year...!!!! Expand
  2. Jul 17, 2015
    9
    Insidious Chapter 3 is a very terrifying and a satisfying third entry to what has become a complete and very good Insidious Trilogy.This movieInsidious Chapter 3 is a very terrifying and a satisfying third entry to what has become a complete and very good Insidious Trilogy.This movie is way better than any other third movie in any horror franchise what so ever.
    It has great acting,especially by Lin Shaye who gives one of the best performances of the year until now.Stefanie Scott does also an amazing job at the leading role and Dermont Mulroney nails it as her father.
    Overall the movie is very scary even tho it has jump scares they are real jump scares,not some nonsense but when you get scared it is for a very good reason with demons all over the place.And I also liked the way that the main demon looked and also Elise's story with her demon is very good and very well done until one point when she becomes a total bad ass.
    As for flaws,the main thing that puts this movie down a little bit is that it doesn't explore much of the back story to where the main demon came from,as it should because that is why we're supposed to be getting a prequel.But the movie has chills and frighting scenes until the very end,where it ends with a wonderful and very well done scene.
    I really liked the movie even though I don't watch many Horror movies I love this franchise and I hope that they don't make a fourth movie just to cash grab because the three movies as perfect as they are.
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  3. Jul 14, 2015
    8
    No soy fan de esta saga, pero debo decir que fue mejor de lo que pensé. No asusta, los Screamers funcionan en muy pocas ocasiones (si estánNo soy fan de esta saga, pero debo decir que fue mejor de lo que pensé. No asusta, los Screamers funcionan en muy pocas ocasiones (si están acostumbrados a ver cine de terror, les aseguro que no se asustaran para nada) aunque la trama es predecible en todo sentido, es interesante y tiene momentos divertidos, no es mala, tampoco perfecta, pero cumple, entretenimiento asegurado, screamers poco originales. Expand
  4. Jun 17, 2015
    7
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  5. Jun 5, 2015
    6
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. It's a solid horror flick - the lead actress plays her role well, Dermot Mulroney is quality, and the older lady psychic is excellent, as usual. What I can say is that the final jump-scare a the VERY end of the movie is terrifying. Reminded of the old "Quart of Blood Technique" from 48 hours... You know that some scary is coming when they roll out an extended, benign resolution. Expand
  6. Jun 18, 2015
    5
    It isn't a great horror flick, most of the scares feel earned, definitely not all of them, and there's a little too much subtlety for it's ownIt isn't a great horror flick, most of the scares feel earned, definitely not all of them, and there's a little too much subtlety for it's own good. But it isn't a bad one either, relying heavily on crazy loud banging and crashes in sweaty effort for cheap surrender of fear. One scene in particular will actually keep you sitting still until it finishes, involving a lead teen played convincingly by Stefanie Scott, lying on her bedroom floor and looking adjacent to a pair of clawed feet walking toward her from the other side of the bed. The 3rd installment in the franchise is actually a lot closer to the 1st one, despite it being a debut from Leigh Whannell, rather than horror veteran James Wan. This film gets him on base for me, I'll stick around and see what else he's got up his sleeve, fingers crossed for more neat tricks. Expand
  7. Jun 20, 2015
    0
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Diminishing returns on a franchise abandoned to whatever soundtrack scares go bump in the night and a premise wearing thin through each successive iteration. After the transgender hate crime of chapter 2, Insidious returns with a prequel that shifts our attention to another imperiled family. Though the entire film focuses on a convoluted teenage girl prone to occult spirituality as she mourns the passing of her mother and attempts to contact her spirit. Instead of slowly developing the web of relationships and anxieties between this new family we focus on the barely present stereotypical outlines of her perpetually distracted and stressed out working father and the pest younger sibling. Quinn becomes a quasi-maternal center in a family that resents or ignores her coercing her to seek the ideal dead mother who is defined by an interest in vinyl records and the adulation of her daughter (but nothing else). When Quinn calls out to one dead person, one with a more Insidious purpose responds. Sadly the presence of this "parasite" or "demon" or geriatric ghost in a hospital gown and oxygen mask is far from frightening unless the grim specter of aging is the greatest fear our generation possesses. Watching all three movies makes me question what laws govern "the further" (time is not linear as we saw in Chapter 2) there are malevolent spirits, demons and haunted places defined by trauma or violence (but was the red-faced demon in the first movie in the attic of the old house because of the murder that continued to haunt the house in the other realm or was the demon responsible for instigating that uncanny act, just like was the house of the Black Bride near Josh's childhood bedroom because of a connection made when he witnessed the death of the castrated old man?) I realize a supernatural horror film using astral projection as a plot point does not need to conform to logic, but the films are content with telling us a story we already know (like how Chapter 2 combines every gender confused serial killer from Silence of the Lambs to Psycho except with a domineering ghost mother that dresses like a Victorian Vampire and has a vicious right hook). This movie uniquely offers insight into the antagonistic relationship between the murderous Black Bride and psychic Elise and also fabricates a tragic background story about a spouses suicide, it also explains how she teamed up with the technologically savvy ghost hunters who added comic relief to the first Insidious though were less interesting in the second and were ultimately con artists relying on blogs and computer editing to establish a cult reputation as ghost chasers in Chapter 3. So if you are prone to jumping at loud sounds, are afraid of the elderly, find mysterious black footprints that climb the walls unnerving and have spared yourself from seeing the trailer in order to be genuinely startled by the limited soundtrack manipulation of this movie it is well within your rights to see it in the theaters. For those who are more reluctant to part with hard earned money, it will probably be on Netflix in a matter of months. Expand

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