Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Insidious Chapter 3 (Sony Blu-ray/DVD) - Before the Further

I was skeptical about Insidious Chapter 3. The first one truly scared me. I thank James Wan for that movie. While many wanted to put the Poltergeist label on it, I thought it was different enough to separate the two films. Insidious 2 absolutely made that division clear, providing a whole new worth and set of rules for the inhabitants of the Further to live by. The second movie created a new dimension for us to explore and fleshed it out enough to make it feel realistic. It isn’t hard to get completely into an Insidious picture. Between the caliber of performances, set and creature design as well as the mysterious nature of the stories, you have to give it a nod. Insidious Chapter 3 is a prequel, taking place before the first movie and provides the back story to the medium that plays heavily into the original story played by Lin Shaye. The cast is missing a few key folks. The director is Leigh Whannel instead of James Wan. Could it work?

The answer is easy. It works very well and is an exhibition of the talent of Lin Shaye as a true leading woman and shows clearly the Leigh Whannel is every bit the “creepsmith” that Wan is. Whannel and Wan work together well, and with Chapter 3 you can see they clearly share style and ability to get the maximum performance out of a tight knit, small cast.

Chapter 3 feels like an Insidious movie. It does not feel like a prequel. Many critics panned the prequel to The Conjuring, Annabelle, for its inability to share the same space with The Conjuring. While that particular criticism is hard for me to hear, I think the same is clearly not true for Insidious 3. It’s what these pictures do very well, provide a continuum of talent and feel that creates a franchise naturally rather than forces a franchise into being (example of that would be Nightmare on Elm Street). While you lose Patrick Wilson, a favorite of mine, you keep Lin Shaye and company.  The effects work is on par with the original pictures and continues the same eerie, Dracula lit style with surprise baddies around every corner. What a great legend the Insidious folks have spun!

This disc is backed with extras that are meaningful and fun. It’s a newly shot movie in HD and looks great on the disc. The packaging is the standard poster art work slip sleeve. Enjoy the Making of Featurette and the Medium featurette. There’s even a music featurette that includes an examination of how they adapted Tiptoe Through the Tulips for the picture.

This is the perfect major release Horror picture for the month of October with a focus on hauntings, other dimensions and creepy ghosts. If you didn’t like the original two movies, you may not like this. I will say that Lin Shaye truly got me with this one. While I’ve always enjoyed her performances previous, I am now a true fan. That might help to separate this movie from the original and the sequel. Shay’s got guts and fight and you can really care about her. This is a must see for the Halloween season.

Synopsis from Sony:

The newest 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.

Special Features:

Origin Story: Making Chapter 3 Featurette
Deleted Scenes (Blu-ray exclusive)
Being Haunted: A Psychic Medium Speaks Featurette (Blu-ray exclusive)
Macabre Creations Featurette (Blu-ray exclusive)
Stunts: The Car Crash Featurette (Blu-ray exclusive)
Cherry Glazerr: Tiptoe Through the Tulips Featurette (Blu-ray exclusive)

You can order Insidious Chapter 3 now, available October 6th.

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