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Movie Review: Insidious 3 – Cautionary Tale of the Occult


Insidious Chapter 3
Cast: Dermot Mulroney, Stefanie Scott, Angus Sampson, Leigh Whannell
Director: Leigh Whannell
A cautionary tale about dabbling with the occult, this prequel directed by Leigh Whannell who also plays a minor character called Specs, narrates the backstory of an important character from the previous two instalments: the psychic Elise Rainier (Lin Shaye) who fights malignant  spirits in the  battle between good and evil. The audience sees that Elise has lost her beloved husband and lives alone with her adorable pet dog. High school student and aspiring actress Quinn Brenner (Stefanie Scott) is also trying to cope with loss (her mother succumbs to cancer)  and when she shows up on Elise’s doorstep imploring for help to communicate with the deceased parent, the psychic reluctantly agrees. Minutes into the seance Quinn finds a malevolent demon  has attached itself to the girl whom it tries to hurt, grievously and successfully. Quinn  has a younger brother called  Alex (Tate Berney) and their  loving dad, Sean (Dermot Mulroney) is unable to raise two kids on his own, much less deal with his crippled daughter.  When Alex persuades his dad to enlist the services of two ghost-hunters Specs (Whannell) and Tucker (Angus Sampson), Elise decides to face her  own inner demons and  dive into that nether region called The Further in order to help Quinn.
“There are two types of evil spirits” Elise explains to the Brenners and the clueless,wanna be  ghost-busters: Those which want to possess the body of the human and those who want to take the soul.” None of the characters (as in the majority of horror flicks) refer to religious  faith. There are no prayers whatsoever, never mind priests, when the demons jump into the consciousness of celluloid characters. The hideous visages of these creatures might give the fainthearted sleepless nights. Mercifully, Insidious 3 adopts a pro-life values in its stand against suicide and its extolment of family.Most important, it has  good winning against evil.