31 Days of Halloween Day 8: Insidious Chapter 3

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Only 23 days until Halloween!

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Today I’m reviewing Insidious Chapter 3. I really liked the original Insidious, and found Chapter 2 to be fairly enjoyable, but I wasn’t sure what I would think of Chapter 3. I unfortunately wasn’t able to get to the movie theater before the film was pushed out by the parade of blockbusters, meaning I had to wait until it came out on disc.

In case you don’t know, Insidious Chapter 3 is actually a prequel, even though it’s part three. Why? I’m not entirely sure, since it could be confusing for people. It centers on Elise struggling with some of her own demons, years before Chapter 1 takes place. A young girl starts to experience strange things in her room that she interprets as her dead mother reaching out to her. When she seeks out the help of Elise, she’s warned that the thing isn’t her mother and that she should stop trying to make contact.

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Of course, the girl doesn’t listen and finds out the hard way she’s dealing with something malevolent. Fortunately, the ensuing scariness relies less on the jump-scares that were far too prevalent in the second film. Particularly effective was an attack in the girl’s room partway into the ordeal. Unfortunately, I didn’t find it too scary. Sure, there are some startling moments, but the overall feeling of creepiness from the first installment wasn’t present.

I didn’t hate the film, mostly because it had one big redeeming factor: heart. The backstory with the mother’s death, the anger of the younger brother, the complete dejection of the father, and the feeling of helplessness of the daughter was very poignant. Elise’s backstory of why she had stopped using her psychic gift also contained plenty of emotional depth – something that was really missing in the second movie. It made me care more about what happened to the characters.

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I’d say that Insidious Chapter 3 is definitely worth a rental, but I’d watch it first before buying it. For some, this kind of a horror movie will tug at the heartstrings, while others will find it weak and uninteresting.

Have you seen Insidious Chapter 3?

What about the other two Insidious movies?

Have you ever lived in a haunted house?

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