Friday, May 20, 2016

Movie review: Insidious: Chapter 3

Set years before the haunting of the Lambert family, Insidious: Chapter 3 takes us back to the beginning. Or does it? In this episode gifted psychic Elise comes out of retirement to help Quinn, a young girl who has become the focus of a malicious supernatural entity.

Dermot Mulroney (Sean), Stefanie Scott (Quinn), Tate Berney (Alex), Ele Keats (Lilith), Lin Shaye (Elise), Angus Sampson (Tucker), Leigh Whannell (Specs), Michael MacKay (Man who can't breathe).

Insidious: Chapter 3 begins nicely with some character introduction and plot setup where things start to get a little weird. From there the movie takes focus on the horror and the rest is a nice ride with some good BOO moments and disturbing events. The plot is a bit thin here, looking like your basic supernatural horror, but the film holds interest well and does a decent job delivering the horror.

Mulroney was okay but has never felt like a solidly emotional actor to me so delivery was lacking a bit. Scott was enjoyable with good emotion and apparent chemistry with others. Keats was a nice fit for her role and pulled it off quite well. Sampson, Whannell, and the remainder of the cast were solid and enjoyable.

Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were well done with a solid quality feel. Some darker scenes were challenging but it actually helped draw attention. CGI and effects were nicely done throughout. Dialogue was nicely done with good depth and movement. Sound and soundtrack were good and fitting.

Fittingly, Insidious: Chapter 3 ends with a scream and leaves things open for the next chapter, just as it should as a prequel. Though the plot is simple the technical work and acting more than makes up for it. This is a solid horror thriller genre or franchise fans should enjoy.

With violence, disturbing images and horror, foul language, and some BOO scenes, this should be fine for teens and above.

Released: 2015
Reviewed: 5.11.16
Star rating: 3 out of 5
Genre: Horror, Supernatural Horror, Supernatural Thriller, Thriller

copyright ©2016 Dave Riedel

1 comment:

Zach Murphy said...

I thought this was a surprisingly good horror sequel.

Nice review.

- Zach

Mine mine mine!!!!

Blog disclaimer and copyright information. . .

-I hope to make this blog revenue generating in the future and as such any posts found here may be paid posts. If you want to pay me to post for you, let me know!
-Content may change over time resulting in inaccuracies. I also make mistakes, some will be here.
-I have no control over what is at the other end of any links you may find here.
-Film pictures, dvd covers, film banners or whatever you like to call them are copied here from widely available public locations. I did not create them nor do I own them.
-Any files, programs or downloadables are provided only for convenience and fun. I in no way warrant, represent, or otherwise imply they won’t cause you problems. Use at your own risk! If your computer blows up I don’t want to even hear about it.
-Reviews posted here are my opinion and meant as informational for prospective viewers and are not meant to malign, defame, or otherwise harm anyone or anything. They also are not meant as advice or counsel , not necessarily factual or absolute, and the author will not be held responsible for the results of their use.
-Comments are NOT the opinion of this author, nor is he responsible or liable for the comments or their results. I will try to moderate them in a reasonable (to me) manner.
-Translation of any portion of this blog may result in other than desirable language for which the author is not responsible. Furthermore, I’m not an English major so there will be bad grammar and punctuation found here. There may also be language that is intentionally objectionable to support my opinions. Tough.
-Copyright: All reviews and opinions expressed here by the author are owned by the author. Please enjoy reposting and/or linking, I ask only that you give proper credit and inform me you have used my content for your own pleasure and devious purposes.
-Legal limit on damages: .02 cents, U.S. (Yes, I will give you my 2 cents worth if you abuse me in court).