This story takes place years before the events of Insidious (2011) and Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013) and it follows Quinn Brenner (Stefanie Scott) who has suffered a terrible loss. Her mother, Lily, died one year prior to the beginning of the movie. She desperately wants to be given the chance to speak to her mother again so she seeks out now retired demonologist Elise Rainier (Lin Shaye) for help. Rainier tries to help, and ends up telling her not to try and contact her mother again due to a malevolent spirit that can be sensed. Elise has come to refuse to enter into ‘The Further’ after she realizes that there is a spirit that is hunting her down, and she’s sure that this spirit will be the reason she dies. This spirit, is the Bride in Black, aka the spirit that possesses Josh Lambert in the second movie.
This is the movie where Specs, Tucker and Elise form a partnership that follows them to the Lamberts later on. We as the audience truly understand by this point, that the story is about Elise and not the people she helps. While they are a big part of the storyline, it is still Elise’s story that we are watching unfold. She truly is a selfless character because she is warned from the beginning that her life will end by the hands of the Bride in Black, but this doesn’t keep her from choosing to help people using her abilities.
Personally, this movie was hard to watch at times. There’s a specific scene where Quinn’s legs are broken but she is possessed and begins walking on them, and the crunching sounds that occur are enough to make me wretch. On that same note, this movie held my attention since we were introduced to other characters besides the Lamberts, and yet it all still ties together. So far I’d have to rank the Insidious films as follows (from best to worst):
Insidious: Chapter 3
Insidious: Chapter 2
Do you guys agree with my ranking? Why or why not?