Movie Review #975
|Wide release: June 5, 2015. Horror. Runs 97 minutes. This film is rated PG-13 for violence, frightening images, some language and thematic elements. A Canadian-American co-production. Written and directed by Leigh Whannell. Characters by Leigh Whannell. Cast: Dermot Mulroney, Stefanie Scott, Angus Sampson, Leigh Whannell, Lin Shaye, Steve Coulter, and Hayley Kiyoko.|
IT’S FUNNY TO THINK THIS WAS ACTUALLY INTENDED TO BE A HORROR MOVIE.
By Alexander Diminiano
What do you call a cheesy, thoroughly unsubtle drama, where gossip, boyfriends, cell phones, and the rest of the cliché high school lifestyle dominate the first thirty minutes, and demons and ghosts and ghouls and all kinds of spooky shit dominate the last sixty? Seeing how that’s been executed in “Insidious: Chapter 3″, call that a really stupid movie. It makes me laugh that Leigh Whannell is convinced this is the description of a horror movie.
“Insidious: Chapter 3″ is hardly a prequel to “Chapter 2″. The tone is far less grounded here, and most of the characters have nothing to do with anybody we’ve seen in the two previous movies. If this entry trying to explain the origins of the three paranormal experts, then maybe it’d be a prequel, but that explanation amounts to about a minute of screen time. It’s really just another outing with those paranormal folks–Elise Rainier, Specs, and Tucker–and some yuppie family that doesn’t really give us a reason to enjoy their presence onscreen. Seeing that Elise Rainier holds more of a leading role in this “chapter” than in the first two, it feels a bit like a spinoff.