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Film review - Insidious: Chapter 3: ghosts attack violently

Some effective shocks and an above-par performance by veteran actress Lin Shaye makes this movie adequate entertainment for horror fans

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 15 July, 2015, 7:05pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 15 July, 2015, 7:05pm

The third chapter of the Insidious series doesn't add anything new to the horror genre, but some effective shocks and an above-par performance by veteran actress Lin Shaye mean that it will provide adequate entertainment for fans of the genre.

Although this film is a prequel, it stands on its own — even though some characters and situations are clumsily bolted-on to provide continuity. With a budget of US$10 million compared to the first one's US$1.5 million, it's also slicker, with slightly better effects and scarier monsters.

Most movie ghosts scare their victims simply by showing up, but those in Insidious brutally attack their victims, and in some cases, try to murder them. The story, which steals from Poltergeist and The Entity, starts with a vicious ghost physically assaulting teenager Quinn (Stefanie Scott) and leaving her in a wheelchair with broken legs.

When the ghostly attacks continue, her terrified father Sean (Dermot Mulroney) calls in medium Elise (Shaye) to send the demon packing. Elise, however, is haunted by a murderous ghost of her own.

Although these horror films target the teenage crowd, this movie is unnecessarily sadistic. Quinn is repeatedly bashed around by her supernatural stalker and then roped into a wheelchair for her own safety. The story would have been just as effective without these scenes of violence, which verge on exploitation.

Insidious: Chapter 3 opens on July 23