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The summer movie season seems to be filled with sequels, prequels and remakes. Some “original” movies are on the list. They just aren’t on my to-watch list. Well, I don’t know if I’d consider Ant-man as original. It’s made from a comic book character.
Insidious Chapter 3 was really good. I was surprised. The second movie wasn’t terrible. It also wasn’t nearly as good as the first one. Chapter 3 doesn’t add anything to the genre, but it did the first movie proud. It’s a prequel. The events happened before Insidious.
I was a bit worried about this one. The trailer showed that Chapter 3 surrounded a teenage girl. There was clearly a love interest. I didn’t want to sit through another teen movie like Silent Hill 2 or Ouija. I was kinda scarred by Ouija. The trailer looked so good. The movie was so bad. A horror movie about perfect rich kids who were all alike. Boring. Someone totally messed up Silent Hill with that sequel. I need a real horror movie not one made for kids. Insidious was both.
Some characters were simply there to move the plot along. They were so flat. The brother, he had no point except to bring in paranormal investigators. The “love interest” was only good for that one scene from the trailer with the main character’s phone. Not uncommon for a horror movie. I didn’t miss them. Insidious, you are forgiven for your flat characters. Everyone else had some depth.
I could relate to Quinn Brenner (Stefanie Scott) and I usually can’t relate to teenagers in movies. Not because they’re younger than me but because their teenage experience seemed perfect, way different from mine. Quinn didn’t have a boyfriend. She had a crush, but she was also focused on getting into the college of her dreams and going away from home.
I felt so bad for her. All she wanted to do was contact her dead mother and ended up getting haunted by some vicious demon. Halfway through the movie, she was in two leg casts and a neck brace. She was being tormented by a demon and she couldn’t run from it.
She was alone in her torment. Like most haunted house movies, her father didn’t believe her. Since Quinn was injured, she was alone in her room most of the time. I’m wondering where her father was while the demon was throwing her around. I doubt he wasn’t in the apartment. Her father was kind of a douche but he wasn’t that neglectful. He clearly loved his children.
The movies started with Quinn visiting Elise because she wanted to contact her mother. Elise knew about the demon after Quinn’s visit but was too afraid to help her.
We learned more about Elise in Chapter 3. She wasn’t just the person someone called when they needed an entity removed. She wasn’t the powerhouse we’ve gotten used to. She became that way at the end of the movie.