Insidious 3 (2015)
Director: Leigh Whannell
Main Stars: Dermot Mulroney, Stefanie Scott, Angus Samspon, Lin Shaye
Storyline: A prequel on the storyline where Elise Rainier uses her abilities to talk a dead mother for a young teenage girl.
Review (Spoils): Quinn (Stefanie Scott) is a young teenage girl who lost her mother and she wants to communicate with her. Therefore, she reaches out to psychic Elise Rainer (Lin Shaye) to help her with that. During which Rainer comes across the dark side of the after life and could not provide what Quinn was looking for. Quinn heads home, deals with normal teenage life, and is hit by a car. She dies in a way but is brought back to life. During which because she crossed over and messed with Rainer things start to go weird for her.
First off, I really dislike it when films think it is smart to go back in time for a sequel. This story really did not need to be told and I had an issue with that. Do not get me wrong the acting from both female leads Lin Shaye and Stefanie Scott was great but the film felt like it was a lighter side of Insidious tale. Mother and daughter bond was it too mushy for taste in a horror film.
Same story when it comes to graphics on this one, ghosts, dreams, red and black man, some spooky old man that cannot breath, the old lady in black and a motherly ghost that watches over her daughter. The coolest scene of the film was when Quinn smashes the casts off her legs.
Rating: This film be prepared to wait for something to happen. Excessively much story line on just the teenage girl and her drama of coping with the lost of her mother and having to pick up the slack. It drags on way to long for a horror film that belongs to series that is suppose to scare. This film was too predictable and too corny for my liking. I want creepiness and new types of scares at this day and age. This one is old hat.
Director: Stephen Herek
Main Stars: Dee Wallace, M.Emmet Walsh, Billy Green Bush, Lin Shaye, Nadine Van der Velde, Scott Grimes
Storyline: A small group of blood thirsty aliens land on some farmland
Review (Spoils): A small average family that live out in the country get involved in a falling star that land’s in the fields. The family has their normal older sister and younger brother fights which builds the character level up. The family battles these black fuzzy, needle shooting big mouthed aliens with the help of another group of aliens bounty hunters that having glowing heads but are shape changers.
This movie does lack on the gore but there are some nasty bloody bites and needle stabs. The rolling little devils are entertaining enough but with no real background story why they kill. The acting by no means great but it is a low budget horror film so I was not expecting a whole lot.
Rating: This is basically Gremlins minus Phoebe Cates sure we have Nadine Van der Velde but its just not the same. The movie is silly and does have some fun parts but to keep on the series with sequels is just beyond. The film might have been better if they took out all the cheesy bounty hunter alien part.
Director: James Wan
Main Stars: Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Barbara Hershey, Lin Shaye, Jocelin Donahue, Lindsay Seim
Storyline: The Lambert family are still trying to escape the haunting spirits that haunt them.
Review (Spoils): The film kind of continues right where the last one left off.We got the family racing to the home of the grandmother (Barbara Hershey) and the wife does not trust the husband (Patrick Wilson ) because of the ending of the first film. We have a number of flashbacks of when the father was a young boy and was astral traveling with his out body experience.The storyline sits under 3 different paths, the fathers past, the journey to save the father on the ethereal plane and the story of the ghost that haunts them (The woman in black).
This second entry to the series is the same thing basically. The only really interesting part to me really was the background story on the woman in black the rest was like a repeat of what we all ready have seen or already knew. A few things drove me nuts like why the hell are they at the grandmother’s house when they already know about the fathers past and the ghosts? Secondly we saw the ending of the first film, why is Renai (Rose Byrne) even questioning if it is her husband as we already saw the photograph and the answer is clear.
Rating: The whole walking on the other side bores the hell out of me, with the whole out of body experience. It has been done and please move on. The only thing that kept me interested was the background story of the woman in black and of course Rose Byrne, Lindsay Seim and Jocelin Donahue, the rest of the film was a repeat.
Director: James Wan
Main Stars: Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Ty Simpkins, Lin Shaye
Storyline: A child becomes trapped by an evil entity that wants his soul and uses his body to travel back to the land of the living.
Review(Spoils): The happy couple Josh (Patrick Wilson) and Renai (Rose Byrne) and their two sons move into a new home. One of their sons Dalton (Ty Simpkins) has an accident and the weirdness begins.This movie actually started off pretty good and it gave me the old time horror feel. Rose Byrne is easy on the eyes and actually a pretty good actress; Patrick Wilson’s character annoyed me and seems like the worst husband that ever existed. Jeez man your married to a babe get the fuck home! Then the movie went far left and lost me…
I love Lin Shaye as an actress but her character Elise Rainier lost me with the whole out of body experience and traveling through the planes and the stupid looking devil character just ruined what could have been a great film. Come on …? That’s the reason why Josh was staying late at night instead of being home with his family. Totally stupid this just destroyed the film.
Rating: Sorry this film could of been a really cool eerie film when it comes to ghosts and haunting but instead it became this over the top spectacle of junk. Sorry Rose Byrne I will have a drink for you.