Why hedgehog? No idea, it just sounded cool.
Insidious 3 fires up all cylinders for a fast-paced, “breathtaking,” soul-wrecking, fear mongering machine, but stumbles a bit on the final quarter.
This is a movie that explores the loss of someone. It is also a sort of an origins tale, dwelling more into the background of Elise Rainer (Lin Shaye), which has, as the previous Insidious chapters, showed outstanding performance (which is most likely how she has been upgraded from a supporting role to a main cast.”
Insidious 3 opens up with the initial creep fest and slows down to a long sizzle. There are many places to rest, no jump scares, and you know something is about to happen when the demon-prey, Quin, is alone. Insidious 3 relies on good old scares, using the dark as a commonplace to generate tension and stress for the audience, at least it did for me, and the red lighting scheme just ain’t funny, at all.
There had been truly two big scares in the entire film. These scenes had everyone in the theater gasping and screaming. The first, tells us that just because we feel safe, doesn’t mean there aren’t anything out there ogling at us.
The second, was more like, “Hey there, what’cha doing? Just lie, feeling hopeless with literally no one here to help you, while I do this… and this… and… this… buying my sweet, sweet time, while I do this!”
Seriously, everyone in the cinema just crapped their pants there.
However, the scene that terrified me the most was during the film’s rising action, where we are shown a fragment of what would happen to Quin, if she were to be taken whole by the Man who Can’t Breathe.
The demons shown in the movie, as hoped for, been fantastic and terrifying. The demon who can’t breathe, itself tells us a rich lore of itself. Nothing much is said about it, but looking at it, we can speculate his story and how sad its life had been, turning into this vindictive son of a bitch.
The second half of the film, we’re introduced with two characters that are much welcomed to the ghost fighting crew. Their inclusion, however, is like having Gordon Ramsay filleting the horror genre. It becomes less scary from this point on. It’s still creepy as hell, but it’s no longer scary enough to cover your eyes.
It is not a spoiler to say the movie resolves its conflict, as the pattern of these movies shows the movie’s climax is reminiscent from that of The Conjuring. It bolsters on love, hope, and faith. And it is a sweet thing, though it is not as sweet here as in The Conjuring – perhaps because we’ve seen it done already?
We’re also introduced to a bunch of characters that have no greater role whatsoever. What I enjoyed from the first two Insidious films is that everyone shown has a greater role to play, and not just “Hey man, I’m here for you.” No, you’re not here when they needed you! Maybe that’s the point?
At first, I was sorely disappointed that the movie doesn’t bridge anything from the epilogue of Insidious 2 – the scene where we see Elise terrified for the first time. But as my uncle pointed out when he saw it, a lot of demons and dead things are pretty much pissed off with Elise and her repeated meddling to “police the spirit world.” So, it would make simply make sense that many demons are after Elise, and are attempting to lure her into twisted machinations to rid of her for good.
We learn that there are two worlds beyond this place known to mortals. Wandering in the dark, follows through much like the film’s theme of loss. If someone you love has died, you feel lost, and wander around the dark, fumbling your way to move away from it. And if there is anything you want to tell them, tell them, before those words fall in the dark. It was just interesting to point that out.
In a nutshell, until I see the fourth film, Insidious: Chapter 3 feels like a filler between stories, something to keep interest up while the studio figures out how to milk out the series for as long as possible.
Now listening: Live Like We’re Dying, The Script.