INSIDI OUS: CHAPTER 3
released out now! 2015 | 15 | Blu- ray/ DVD/ Download
Director Leigh Whannell
Cast Stefanie Scott, Dermot Mulroney,
Lin Shaye, Leigh Whannell
Having co- created the Saw series and written the first two Insidious films, James Wan’s partner- in- grime Leigh Whannell steps up as director for Chapter 3. It’s a commendable first feature.
Set several years before the Lambert hauntings, it finds a new family fall victim to a parasitical spirit from dark realm the Further. Teen Quinn Brenner ( Stefanie Scott) is the fleshbag targeted for possession after psychic Elise Rainier tries to contact Quinn’s recently deceased mother. Instead the call catches the attention of The Man Who Can’t Breathe – a deceased cancer patient who terrorises Quinn when an accident leaves her housebound.
The Insidious films have always been bonkers, but Chapter 3 reins things in with fewer time- bending shenanigans and more traditional chills. Scott is a likeable enough lead, and Dermot Mulroney’s dad has just the right mix of strength and helpless vulnerability. The film’s antagonist is the standout though – he’s the series’ creepiest creation yet, and though Whannell isn’t above cheap scares, for the first half The Man is effectively obscured. It’s a shame he doesn’t stay in the shadows, as eventually over- exposure robs both him and the film of their power.
Extras A Making Of, three deleted scenes, and four so- so featurettes. Jordan Farley
James Wan, director of Insidious and Insidious Chapter 2, has a cameo as an obnoxious acting school judge.