Spookiness and jump-scares and The Further oh, my!
The new chapter in the terrifying horror series is written and directed by franchise co-creator Leigh Whannell. This chilling prequel, set years before the haunting of the Lambert family, reveals how gifted psychic Elise Rainier (Lin Shaye) reluctantly agrees to use her ability to contact the dead in order to help a teenage girl (Stefanie Scott) who has been targeted by a freaky, dangerous supernatural entity.
Keeping its original approach in a frightening manner, IC3 takes you on a jittery journey. What may seem a little off and uneasy to imagine at first, actually worked pretty well. If thereâ€™s one thing Team Wan and Whannell can do is creatively hijack your mind, freak it out, then place it back causing you a little exhaustion, followed by cinematic PTSD.
Captivating and interesting, the mystery of the unknown grows deeper within your soul as you grip your brain anticipating the next heart-pounding moment. But what makes all this work is the fact that Elise is the one carrying this fright flick and put out there in a way where one realizes sheâ€™s the heart-beat of this franchise. Sheâ€™s the divide between the characters weâ€™ve grown to love in INSIDIOUS and INSIDIOUS 2, and the other side that entails a creepy cross-road of death, making it one of IC3â€™s main attractions. Enjoyable with her characterâ€™s build-up and beyond fun as we gradually see her courage grow fonderâ€¦
As a whole, is this the best of the franchise? No. Once it hits its third act, its horrid grip loosens as we get a weak outcome from this supposed menacing entity (who I believe should have been a lot more aggressive), leading to a pretty dull ending. But it doesnâ€™t hurt the flick that bad because the path to it is full of fresh build-up (including the fun introduction of Tucker (Angus Sampson) and Specs (Leigh Whannell)), keeping the franchise interesting and frightfully fun.
Grade: B / Genre: Horror / Rated: PG-13 / Run Time: 1 Hr. 37 Min.
Starring: Dermot Mulroney, Stefanie Scott, Lin Shaye
Directed by: Leigh Whannell