An interesting and scary horror trilogy, who’d of thought it
When the first Insidious film came out back in 2010, I wrote how it was a good film, let down by a bad guy’s poor resemblance to Darth Maul, this, however, wasn’t enough for me not to find the film enjoyable and filled with interesting/spooky ideas, which were continued through the second film, where they expanded on the back story and took the Insidious from being an above-average horror film to something more than that producing a through-provoking look into the afterlife and introducing some much-needed drama into the mix, even at the expense of some scary elements that made the first one such a hit.
So when it came to the third in the series, I for one didn’t know what direction they would take, would they continue in the way that was hinted at the end of chapter 2 or would they try something else, the latter being something that they went for, taking you back to before the events of the first film, this time concentrating on medium Elise (Lin Shaye’s), showing the struggle she has with using her gift, having both physical and metaphysical daemons to fight and struggling with the loss of her husband, it was a much more layered film than the majority of horror films these days.
All of which is going on in conjunction with the main plot which focuses on Quinn Brenner, a young girl with dreams of becoming an actress, whose life has been turned upside down by the death of her mother Lillith and a subsequent car accident which has left her bed-bound, not the best time to become prey for a creature from beyond the grave and attempting to help out her father as he struggles to bring up both her and her younger brother Alex, with all of these layers and added drama becoming the strong point of the film and franchise as a whole.
By now you get the feeling that the makers have got the perfect balance of drama and scares and crafted one of the best trilogy of horror films that I can think of, each with strong characters, unique situations and imagery that will stay with you for a long time, I for one just hope they stop now and not do the Paranormal Activity team have done with their latest couple of abominations.
Starring: Stefanie Scott, Dermot Mulroney, Angus Sampson, Lin Shaye
Directed By: Leigh Whannell