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Stefanie Scott in Insidious: Chapter 3

Matt Kennedy/eOne Films

3 out of 4 stars

Title
Insidious: Chapter 3
Written by
Leigh Whannell
Directed by
Leigh Whannell
Starring
Stefanie Scott, Lin Shaye, Dermot Mulroney
Genre
Horror
Country
USA
Language
English
Year
2015

We already know that the compassionate-but-battle-ready senior psychic Elise Rainier does not die in Insidious: Chapter 3, for the latest episode in the scary paranormal franchise is the prequel to the others.

Played by the wonderful Lin Shaye, the motherly Elise deals with other-worlders uniquely – a cross between an Eastwood gunfighter and an Angela Lansbury sleuth. Here, she's a reluctant séance holder, lured out of self-imposed retirement to help a single father (Dermot Mulroney) and his semi-possessed teenage daughter (Stefanie Scott). Mulroney as the frazzled dad reacts to his girl's demonic situation as if she had come home with a tattoo.

Taking over for James Wan behind the camera is Leigh Whannell, who believes in jump scares, a simple storyline and a supernatural villain who leaves stickier footprints than any Swiffer could handle. The result is a warm-hearted frightening, about love and loss and, yes, next chapters.

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