I loved the previous two Insidious films, and I had moderate expectations for this prequel even though it didn’t have great reviews. After watching it, I can say it’s not as bad as a lot of people make it out to be, but it’s definitely the weakest entry in the franchise.
The story follows a teenage girl named Quinn Brenner (Stefanie Scott) who is desperate to contact her deceased mother. She travels to see Elise Rainier (Lin Shaye), a retired psychic, but ends up unleashing a demon into the world. Elise must then risk her own life to save this young girl’s life from this evil entity.
Lin Shaye is magnificent as Elise Rainier, just as she was in the other installments. She brings a beating heart to the film, and makes you genuinely care for her character. The other actors are decent but don’t give the best performances of their careers. Dermot Mulroney felt like he was cast just to add a little star power to the film, and Stefanie Scott veered between being convincing and overacting.
The cinematography is great, and the jump scares, though expected, are effective. The color palette is evocative of the other film in the franchise, and The Further still brings a chill down your spine as Elise navigates it. Some of the CGI is dodgy, but it’s creepy enough to forgive.
You won’t be terribly frightened by Insidious: Chapter 3 if you’re a horror aficionado, but it’s a fun watch with some effective jump scares and an incredible performance by Lin Shaye.
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