The Fantasy Review‘s Spoiler-Free Review of Insidious: Chapter 3 (2015).
Insidious: Chapter 3 (2015) goes back to basics after the disappointment of Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013) and follows Elise in one of her cases before the events of Insidious (2010). Calling it “Chapter 3” doesn’t make much sense as it’s a precursor to the two previous movies, but we can ignore that.
This movie is what this franchise does best; we have a victim of paranormal activity who is then helped by Elise and her soon-to-be colleagues. There is an intriguing mystery behind The Man Who Can’t Breathe, and it is one that is resolved in a way I preferred to the Bride in Black from the previous movies.
Elise gets an intricate, heartbreaking backstory told with care and attention to detail, which mirrors what Quinn Brenner, and her Dad and brother, have also experienced. Lin Shaye once again shines in this role, with moments of tragedy and incredible courage; she is a fantastic hero against these malevolent forces.
I enjoyed the story of how Elise meets her paranormal investigative team, Specs and Tucker, and how the two men get involved in this case. The three of them working together is always fun and enjoyable to watch.
I’m looking forward to watching Insidious: The Last Key (2018) as it is also set before the events of Insidious (2010) with Elise and her team investigating her childhood home.
Overall, Insidious: Chapter 3 is a highly enjoyable prequel to Insidious and is a huge step in the right direction after Insidious: Chapter 2 went completely in the wrong direction.