INSIDI OUS: CHAP­TER 3

Fur­ther scares

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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.

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