Taglines: This is how you die.
This film is a prequel set several years before the haunting of the Lambert family. Elise Rainier reluctantly agrees to use her spiritual ability to contact the dead to help Quinn Brenner, a teenage girl whose mother Lillith has recently died. Quinn believes that Lillith has been attempting to reach out to her through the spirit world so she visits Elise for a reading. Elise is unable to complete the reading; she stops after hearing a demonic presence who threatens to kill her. She warns Quinn to stop trying to reach out to her mother on her own and that if “you call out to one of the dead, all of them can hear you.”
Soon after, Quinn begins to hear noises at night and notices more supernatural occurrences. She skips school the next day to audition for a theater academy in New York. Before going onstage, she notices a dark figure waving to her offstage. She ends up botching her audition however, due to her overbearing father giving her responsibilities like taking care of her brother, Alex, and managing the house, which made it impossible for her to memorize her lines. Later that night, she meets with her friend Maggie, and discusses her unhappiness with her father’s strictness and his lack of enthusiasm over her dreams. As they cross the street, Quinn sees the same dark figure waving down the street and stops to look, causing her to be hit by a car.
The accident temporarily leaves her in a wheelchair with two broken legs in casts. Her father, Sean, puts her in bed, with a bell to ring if she needs him. That night, she is woken by the sound of the bell ringing by itself. The following night, she hears a knock on her wall. Assuming it is her next door neighbor Hector, she knocks back and he copies her. Quinn texts Hector, who reveals that he isn’t home. Fearing it was someone else next door, she goes to bed.
These paranormal occurrences become more frequent, and each time, Sean saves her. The demon becomes more visible: a corpse of a burn victim with a breathing mask, who makes a rattling noise. At one point, the demon brings Quinn up to the upstairs apartment, where she sees a faceless, limbless version of herself. Sean rushes up to the apartment and follows the bloody footprints to the broken window. A man is lying on the pavement below, as if he committed suicide by jumping out. As Quinn goes to observe the window, the demon grabs Quinn and tries to pull her over the ledge.
Sean saves her, but her neck is injured in the process. Sean contacts Elise, who hesitantly enters the spiritual realm (which she calls “The Further”). She finds herself afraid and the spirit of Parker Crane/Bride in Black nearly kills her. She is brought back to living world terrified, and refuses to continue. Sean has no choice but to call in someone else, a pair of bloggers, at the behest of his son: Specs and Tucker. Meanwhile at a Chinese restaurant, Elise seeks solace from her friend Carl, who shares her “gift”. Carl reassures her that she is much stronger than she believes because she is a living being.
After a terrifying experience with Quinn and the demon, Specs and Tucker attempt to withdraw from the case but Elise, now willing to help, appears, more powerful and confident. She reveals that the demon isn’t like others she’s encountered. Where most spirits from the Further seek to find bodies to possess so they can live again, this demon, chooses to drag pure living souls into the Further so it can torture them. In the Further, Elise sets free the spirit of a girl the demon had captured years before and overcomes the Bride in Black. The Demon takes the form of Elise’s dead husband, Jack, who killed himself a year ago, in an attempt to trick her into killing herself so they can be together.
After a tearful reunion, Elise realizes that it is actually the Demon, and easily defeats him, but it grabs hold of a faceless version of Quinn. This version of Quinn is revealed to be the half of Quinn’s soul that the demon controls. Elise returns to the living world, and tells the group that this part of the battle must be fought by Quinn alone. However, Quinn is losing the battle, as her alternate version gains more of her features.
Insidious: Chapter 3
Directed by: Leigh Whannell
Starring: Dermot Mulroney, Stefanie Scott, Lin Shaye, Angus Sampson, Tate Berney, Corbett Tuck, Leigh Whannell
Screenplay by: Leigh Whannell, Leigh Whannell
Production Design by: Jennifer Spence
Cinematography by: Brian Pearson
Film Editing by: Timothy Alverson
Costume Design by: Ariyela Wald-Cohain
Set Decoration by: Lori Mazuer
Music by: Joseph Bishara
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for violence, frightening images, some language and thematic elements,
Studio: Focus Features
Release Date: June 5, 2015