‘In­sid­i­ous 3’ holds its own

Los Angeles Times - - MOVIES - — Gary Gold­stein “In­sid­i­ous: Chap­ter 3.” MPAA rat­ing: PG-13 for vi­o­lence, fright­en­ing images, lan­guage, the­matic el­e­ments. Run­ning time: 1 hour, 37 min­utes. Play­ing: In gen­eral re­lease.

To en­joy “In­sid­i­ous: Chap­ter 3” — and it is en­joy­able — you needn’t have seen the first two films in this hor­ror se­ries. Although this third in­stall­ment is a pre­quel set years be­fore those ear­lier shock­ers, which in­volved the haunted Lam­bert fam­ily (not re­turn­ing here), it stands well on its own as a jumpy spook­fest.

The new movie es­tab­lishes how Elise Rainier (Lin Shaye, tops), the se­ries’ piv­otal psy­chic who was killed off in the sec­ond film, be­gan sav­ing en­dan­gered fam­i­lies. To that end, she’s vis­ited by Quinn Bren­ner (Ste­fanie Scott), an earnest teen aching to make con­tact with her beloved late mother. But once Elise be­gins to “read” Quinn, she senses trou­ble and warns the girl not to try to con­tact her mom on her own.

A ter­ri­ble ac­ci­dent fol­lows, leav­ing Quinn with two bro­ken legs, a forced hia­tus from school and an in­creas­ingly be­lea­guered sin­gle dad (Der­mot Mul­roney). Soon, though, Quinn starts be­ing ha­rassed by a ruth­less de­mon fight­ing to trans­port the teen to the se­ries’ ghastly oth­er­world, the Fur­ther.

Things es­ca­late, and Elise is called in to help. But the clair­voy­ant has her own demons of the emo­tional kind, and they will need han­dling as well. The char­ac­ter’s nicely etched di­men­sion­al­ity adds much to the pro­ceed­ings.

The may­hem leads to an ef­fec­tively eerie show­down be­tween Elise and the dead to re­claim Quinn’s soul. Help — and a bit of lev­ity — is pro­vided by the se­ries’ goofy ghost hun­ters, Specs (Leigh Whan­nell) and Tucker (An­gus Samp­son).

Fran­chise co-cre­ator Whan­nell, who wrote and di­rected this pro­fi­ciently shot and con­structed pic­ture, plugs in enough well-timed scares and creepy sights and sounds to hold in­ter­est, while shrewdly stay­ing within the bounds of the film’s PG-13 rat­ing.

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