Insidious: Chapter 3


Insidious: Chapter 3 (2015)


Critic Consensus: Insidious: Chapter 3 isn't as terrifying as the original, although it boasts surprising thematic depth and is enlivened by another fine performance from Lin Shaye.


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The new chapter in the terrifying horror series is written and directed by franchise co-creator Leigh Whannell. This chilling prequel, set before the haunting of the Lambert family, reveals how gifted psychic Elise Rainier (Lin Shaye) reluctantly agrees to use her ability to contact the dead in order to help a teenage girl (Stefanie Scott) who has been targeted by a dangerous supernatural entity. (C) Focus

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Dermot Mulroney
as Sean Brenner
Stefanie Scott
as Quinn Brenner
Lin Shaye
as Elise Rainier
Tate Berney
as Alex Brenner
Michael Reid Mackay
as The Man Who Can't Breathe
Corbett Tuck
as Danielle
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Critic Reviews for Insidious: Chapter 3

All Critics (123) | Top Critics (26)

As middling, somewhat serviceable horror fare, it delivers its own share of jump scares, but whatever visceral effect it might have had wears off the instant the credits begin to roll.

Jan 21, 2016 | Full Review…

The quiet stretches actually serve their purpose here, creating a sense of intimacy with the characters as opposed to simply marking time between the shocks.

Jun 11, 2015 | Full Review…

Tepid ghost story Insidious: Chapter 3 tries and fails to emphasize character-driven drama over cheap, jump-scare-intensive thrills.

Jun 11, 2015 | Full Review…

You sort of want to give the movie a pass. But given its distinguished forebears, Insidious: Chapter 3 doesn't quite live up to expectations.

Jun 5, 2015 | Full Review…

They say the third time's the charm. Not with the Insidious series, it isn't.

Jun 5, 2015 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

You need more than a few sudden noises and scary shocks to make a good horror movie. But "Insidious: Chapter Three" is at least an OK horror movie.

Jun 5, 2015 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Insidious: Chapter 3

Is Insidious the new Saw? This passable movie bears no connection with the end of the second installment and seems like it could have been the backdoor pilot of a TV series preceding the events of the first two films, and it isn't very original or scary at all.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

Lacks the thrills the original gave. Leaving you disappointed rather than scared!

Film Crazy
Film Crazy

Super Reviewer

Is this the scariest movie of the year? Of course not! But the repetitive scares are more than enough to lean forward in your seat for and (as every critic has stated up to this point) for a "part 3", "Insidious: Chapter 3" works as throw away, yet effective entertainment. But I enjoyed "Insidious: Chapter 2", so what do I know? Read the rest of my review at: Follow me on Twitter @moviesmarkus

Markus Robinson
Markus Robinson

Super Reviewer

It is very rare for a third film (especially in the horror genre) to surpass it's predecessors, and while "Insidious: Chapter 3" doesn't quite capture the brilliant atmosphere created in James Wan's original, it definitely is a step above his first sequel. This time, focussing on the past to show how the character of Elise got to where the audience knows her from the first two films, there is much more emotion to be had here. This film plays out like more of a drama/horror rather than a straight up horror flick and I really admired that change of pace. However, this time around, although this picture is atmospheric like the others, there are way too many jump scares, almost to the point where it became less and less scary every time. I found myself waiting for the next character moment to arise, because those were so well-handled that it almost brough tears to my eyes. The performances were surprisingly very, very good. With a decent script and direction picked up by the writer of the previous two films, this is definitely a step in the right direction after the second instalment, but I think this film has a nice cap as a trilogy and does not need to continue. Like all profitable horror franchises though, I am sure the next one is just around the corner. "Insidious: Chapter 3" was a nice surprise, even though it felt very repetitive.

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

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