‘Insidious: Chapter 3’ Offers Prequel to Horror Franchise


Mackenzie Farkus, Editor in Chief

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  • Lin Shaye returns as Elise Rainier in the latest installment of the ‘Insidious’ franchise. Photo courtesy of Matt Kennedy.

  • Stefanie Scott plays aspiring actress Quinn Brenner. Photo courtesy of Matt Kennedy.

  • Stefanie Scott (L) and Dermot Mulroney (R) in a scene together. Mulroney plays the widowed father of Quinn Brenner. Photo courtesy of Matt Kennedy.

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This summer, a new installment of the Insidious franchise comes to theaters. Insidious: Chapter 3, which will be released on June 5, stars up-and-coming actress Stefanie Scott alongside Dermot Mulroney and Lin Shaye.

Insidious: Chapter 3 is the prequel to the previous Insidious films, and tells the story of teenaged aspiring actress Quinn Brenner (Scott). Quinn begins to believe that her deceased mother is trying to contact her, and enlists reluctant psychic Elise Rainier (Shaye) for help. After a terrible accident, Quinn’s widowed father Sean (Mulroney) pleads with Elise to help them. Elise eventually overcomes her reluctance with support from two new acquaintances, unlicensed parapsychologists Tucker (Angus Sampson) and Specs (Leigh Whannell).

In a telephone press conference with student journalists, Stefanie Scott shared some of her thoughts about the latest addition to the Insidious franchise. Out of the three Insidious films, Scott believes Insidious: Chapter 3 is guaranteed to frighten the audience.

“I personally think it’s the scariest [movie] of all three.  It’s definitely the darkest,” Scott said.  “I love how it really does set up the other two movies but it makes  complete sense if you haven’t seen the first and the second.  It still has the same feel of The Further except I find it a little bit more gritty in The Further. It’s overall – it’s really chilling.”

Although a slew of horror films usually come out in the summer, Scott commended Insidious: Chapter 3 for avoiding typical horror plots.

“I think what really stands out about it is it’s a relatable story.  It’s not like the classic cliché film about moving into a new home,” Scott said. “That’s what I think really stands out about it is that the entity latches itself onto humans and, like, literally sucks the life out of them and there’s nothing you can do to get away with it.  You can’t even die to get away from it because then you’d be in The Further, so I think that what kind of separates it is also the fact that it’s not gory. It’s more psychological and it’s something that stays with you and you start to ask yourself a lot of questions about what could be on the other side and what could be real.”

Insidious: Chapter 3 will be released nationwide on June 5. The trailer can be viewed here.