Horror movies you won’t want to watch alone: 16. Insidious: Chapter 3
Normally, the deeper you get into a franchise, the less successful it is overall (at least when it comes to horror movies). I think the reason for this is because of a sense of fatigue over the characters and the story itself.
However, Insidious: Chapter 3 actually developed a storyline that offered just as much terror as the original, while also adding to the story. In fact, it is because of the added depth that this movie comes out on top in terms of being more terrifying than the first film.
We already know about The Further now, and that means that we have more connection to the demons and ghosts haunting these people. With this chapter of the story, we get a film that has more focus and is creepier than before. It is dark in the right ways because it plays on our emotional vulnerabilities.
While this movie is not perfect, after watching the original and knowing what we are getting into, it actually helps to enrich the overall story. It may not be prime horror, but it is still terrifying and delivers depth with the help of a storyline wrapped in grief and tragedy.
What makes this movie stand out is that it is in many ways relatable. We can relate to feeling grief over loss and doing things that we may never have done before in an effort to assuage that grief. Horror works best when we connect to the story itself.