Star Cast: Dermot Mulroney, Stefanie Scott, Angus Sampson, Leigh Whannell, and Lin Shaye.
Director: Leigh Whannell
Claps For: Lin Shaye and some scary moments
Slaps For: Being predictable
Popcorn Refill: Interval
Story: The movie may be named as Chapter 3 but it is actually Chapter 1 in the Insidious horror franchise. It is a prequel that takes before the Lambert family incidents showcased in the first two films. Quinn Brenner (Stefanie Scott) is a teenager who is trying to connect with her dead mother and approaches psychic Elise Rainier (Lin Shaye) for help. Elise explains to her that she is no longer in business and won't be able to help. Quinn, who lives with her father Sean (Dermot Mulroney) and younger brother Alex (Tate Berney), starts experiencing strange incidents and meets with a serious accident. Bed-ridden with both legs broken, she is tormented by a vicious demon and Sean has no option but to approach Elise for help.
Talking Points: The movie begins slowly and then picks up with a few scary moments like the earlier Insidious movies. The movie motors along with the chills sprinkled with some humour. It builds up quite decently for the finale and disappointingly, ends with a bit of a whimper! The movie doesn't have a rousing finale, which has been the case with the other Insidious movies too - Starts well with a strong middle segment and the end is disappointing and even funny!
As for the performances, Stefanie Scott puts in an earnest effort as Quinn Brenner. She comes from a Disney background and puts in a decent shift. The seasoned Dermot Mulroney looks totally confused throughout the film and does a good job at it! Writer-Director Leigh Whannel and Angus Simpson as the bumbling ghost-busting duo provide the usual comic relief. Lin Shaye gets a meatier role and she excels at it. She always has been one of the dependable supporting actors in Hollywood films and this time, hers is the main character along with Scott's. Shaye seems to enjoy the responsibility and is able to carry it out comfortably. Leigh Whannell seems to have got the feel right and stays true to the eery 'charm' of the franchise. He, however, fails to deal with the flaws of the previous films and has a pretty low-key finale for viewers.
Combo-on-Offer: A film with some genuinely scary moments but with a disappointing finale. Horror enthusiasts may find it a decent one-time watch. Also people who haven't watched the previous films will have no problems understanding this one.
Verdict: Overall, the movie misses out on Claps due to its final half hour!