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Parents' Guide to

Insidious: Chapter 3

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Nothing new, but surprisingly effective, scary prequel.

Movie PG-13 2015 97 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 11 parent reviews

age 13+
age 12+

Love this movie!

I have watched all the Insidious movies, and just like this one it has an amazing story! This movie has some scary scenes including a girl with no eyes or mouth crawling after the main character. There is also some jump scares that could scare younger viewers. There is some swearing including one use of the f-word. Overall amazing movie highly recommend to teens possibly tweens!

This title has:

Too much swearing

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (11 ):
Kids say (30 ):

This time around, screenwriter/actor Whannell assumes the helm of the horror series he helped create; fortunately, he takes several cues from directing predecessor James Wan. He focuses on character interactions, well-defined space, and intriguing use of rhythm and timing, as well as a spooky musical score.

On the downside, like the second movie, Insidious: Chapter 3 doesn't have much new to offer, and virtually all of the scares are of the jump-shock variety, with monsters appearing suddenly -- and frequently shrieking as well. But Whannell at least tries to mix up the timing of the shocks, delaying and subverting the expected. He also creates a very Lynchian version of the Further, with nightmarish imagery that can cause just as many tingles. And his characters are sympathetic and easy to like, with Shaye especially powerful and touching in her role.

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