When I first saw James Wan‘s shock-and-awe horror film Insidious, I knew I was seeing something magnificent. Despite being panned by mainstream critics for its third act, the movie delivered suspense, chills, and scares with a deft hand, and remains untouchable in my mind. I mean, the Red-Face Demon…holy hell. After that, we saw the continuation take the series farther away from true horror, as the sequel was much more narrative-driven, content to give us more plot and less shrieks. This disappointed many, as Insidious was highly inventive and spine-tingling, but Insidious 2 gave us the same beautiful cinematic edge we saw in the first installment, which may have carried it a bit. Now, Blumhouse is producing something that may leave fans screaming for the wrong reasons, because nothing makes a nerd more terrified than hearing the term “prequel”.
Judging by the trailer, though, this may be a return-to-form for the series, as it seems to be heavy on creativity and scares, and low on story. This isn’t to say there can’t be great storytelling in a horror film. For instance, Guillermo del Toro’s El Orfanato balanced terror and narrative beautifully, but he delivered the fright in spades. If Insidious wants to win anyone over at the box office, they’ll have to give us a truly terrifying movie. It may be their last shot.
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.
The film is set to be released on June 5th
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