Get your Halloween scare at Janet Leigh this weekend
Spirits and mediums and demons — oh my! Are you ready for a chilling cinematic thrill, just in time for Halloween? If so, drop into the Janet Leigh Theatre this Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 29-31 to catch “Insidious: Chapter 3” at 8 p.m.
Deeply mourning her mother Lilith (Ele Keats), teenager Quinn Brenner (Stefanie Scott) seeks out parapsychologist Elise Rainier (Lin Shaye) for a chance to speak to Lilith once more. During the reading, however, Elise quickly senses that something is wrong and advises Quinn not to pursue her objective.
Alas, Elise’s warning proves too late as the haunting presence of a waving man soon disrupts Quinn’s life, botching her audition for a prestigious drama school and subsequently causing her to get hit by a car.
Now wheelchair bound with two broken legs, Quinn attempts to recover in her family’s apartment with the support of her father (Dermot Mulroney) and younger brother Alex (Tate Berney).
Yet it’s soon apparent that a peaceful recovery is nigh impossible, as the waving spirit, a sinister man with a breathing mask, becomes more and more malevolent…
Astute viewers will appreciate delectable tie-ins in this prequel to 2011’s most profitable film, “Insidious.” Much like the series’ 2013 sequel, “Insidious: Chapter 2,” the prequel manages to slip in details that actually feel like plot and character development — a far cry from many other horror film franchises.
A dependably strong, expressive performance from Lin Shaye as Elise and the lovable presence of bumbling duo Specs (Leigh Whannell) and Tucker (Angus Sampson) cement the trio of films as a series, despite necessarily divergent plot lines.
Notably, co-creator and writer Leigh Whannell makes his directorial debut with this third film, replacing his friend and writing partner, horror veteran James Wan, who produced this film alongside Jason Blum and Oren Peli.
Electing not to cheapen the scares with gore or torture, “Insidious: Chapter 3” delivers a suspenseful tale of horror fraught with tension, occasional comedic undertones and a surprisingly emotional core.
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