A while back, I went to the movies with some friends and saw the latest chapter of the Insidious saga. Chapter 3 was, in my opinion, the best of the three, serving as a prequel to the original two. I had seen only Insidious 2 at the time of my watching, as I went back and watched the first one later that week.
Insidious 3 had hints -some subtle and some explicit- to the first two, foreshadowing events. It tied in exceptionally well with the originals, keeping the suspense and horror alive. Although I know absolutely nothing about directing and producing, that doesn’t stop me from having opinions, which I gladly share.
Because of my unfamiliarity with movies, these posts could be anyway from 4 total points to 8 total long. My book reviews I will try to structure with 3 good and 3 bad points, but for these I’m kind of just winging it, so bear with me. Also, I will try my best not to give away any spoilers for those who haven’t seen the movie yet.
WHAT I LIKED:
- The Jump Scares
One thing that separates the good horror movies from the bad is the quality and quantity of their “jump scares.” As the old saying goes, “Quality over quantity.” Insidious 3 certainly had the quality in theirs, as well as the quantity. There were slow, dramatic build ups before surprising appearances from all sorts of devilish creatures, monsters, or whatever you choose to call them.
The best, least expected scare was at the very end of the movie. Literally every person in the theater shot up out of their seats. A group of teenagers in front of me started screaming, and still looked shaken as we all made our way out of the theater. I won’t give anything away -you’ll have to see for yourself- but never let your guard down.
- The Subtle References/Foreshadowing
Throughout the course of the movie, there were multiple references to the original two films. One was that the main villain, labeled “the man who can’t breathe” always wears a breathing mask (duh), and this mask is first seen in the basement of Lin Shaye (the woman who fights off the breathing mask man), during the second film. I didn’t realize this until I saw the second film again, and noticed an innocent-seeming breathing mask, sitting quietly in the corner.
There were many others instances like this, connecting all three films like a spider’s web. I enjoyed finding them as I watched and re-watched the movie, and hopefully you can find some for yourself, too.
Now, before I reveal too much, onto the dislike category. (Which was quite hard to make. I loved this movie.)
WHAT I DISLIKED:
- Uncertainty About Future Sequels
This is one thing that probably means more to me than others. When there is a series I follow, whether by reading or watching, I like to know exactly when it will stop. I want to have some evidence and some clear plans, so I’ll either begin to find a new series or obsessively wait for the next installment.
Insidious 3, for all of the great things it did, left me in the dark on this particular area. I don’t know if there’s going to be another chapter, or if this “book” is finished. They certainly left ample room for sequels (or would they be prequels in this case?), but that doesn’t mean anything is certain.
Internet research hasn’t helped either, since there’s been no complete, undeniable word on the matter. Until then, this is going in my dislike category, partially because there wasn’t much to not love about the movie.
- Dependence On Jump Scares
This might seem like I’m contradicting myself, but I’m not. I loved the jump scares, especially the one at the end, but it seemed like the entire movie -except for a few parts- depended on these cheap methods to scare the audience. Of course, we all jumped and screamed at the appropriate times, because it was terrifying, but it wasn’t a terror that lasted.
For instance, I watched Silence of the Lambs not long ago, and that movie was utterly, psychologically horrifying. Why? Not because of jump scares, not because of fantastic acting- thought it had some-, and not because everything took place at night- it didn’t-. That movie disturbed me because of the story line, and the plot. It messed with my brain and my dreams for the next few days. It didn’t have me shivering as I walked down dark hallways and went into a room with the lights off. Instead, it affected me when I was sleeping and at the most random times, because it was an effect that didn’t go away in a few seconds.
Insidious 3 depended on jump scares, and they were effective in their use of them, but at the end of the day I’d rather have a movie more like Silence of the Lambs. Maybe I’ll write a review on that one someday.
MY RATING: 6.5/10
This was a movie I thoroughly enjoy watching every time I turn it on. I would highly recommend this. In fact, I’m going to cut this one a bit short and go watch it again.