Latest ‘Insidious’ installment saved by scare factor
“Insidious: Chapter 3” is a series of cheap jump scares that suffers from a dull plot. The story follows Quinn Brenner (Stefanie Scott), a teenager who is haunted by a demon spirit after she tries to contact her deceased mother on her own. To destroy this demon, her father, Sean Brenner (Dermot Mulroney), enlists the help of the reluctant psychic Elise Rainier (Lin Shaye).
Bottom line, “Insidious: Chapter 3” is a marginal improvement over the second chapter, with effective jump scares and good directing, but overall, the film fails to mirror the scares of the original film. “Insidious: Chapter 3” borrows elements from “The Exorcist” but does little to surpass the film. There is nothing original about the script, but the frightening scenes do make this horror film sufficient with its scare factor.
The best aspect of the film was how the director depicted the evolution of Shaye’s character, a recurring medium in the series. Her backstory reveals rather well how she struggled with the use of her gift, and sets the stage for the original film by introducing familiar supporting actors and demons.
Audiences who look forward to jumping in their seats will enjoy “Insidious: Chapter 3” because it frequently uses this ploy throughout the film. However, these jump scares cannot hide a weak script, no matter how effective they are individually. Luckily, supporting actress Shaye steals the show, providing a stellar performance and making the film more bearable to get through.
John Montes: Playing both sides of a rivalry
Rivalries run deep in college athletics, but for junior infielder John Montes, they mean a little more. Starting Friday, South Florida baseball will hit the road to play its first conference matchup of the season against formidable foe Central Florida – where Montes played before coming to USF in the fall of 2022. When it […]
The powerful women working alongside USF women’s soccer coach
One of USF women’s soccer coach Denise Schilte-Brown’s strongest qualities is her natural competitive nature, but what isn’t always shown is the powerful female athletic department that has helped her get to where she is now. Schilte-Brown began her coaching career shortly after graduating from the University of Maryland where she played as a striker. […]
Advocating for equality: Allyssa Jones teaches empowerment through music
Director of vocal ensembles Allyssa Jones has been entwined with music since she started taking piano lessons at 5 years old. She continued playing the piano until attending college as a piano major, but was overwhelmed with stage fright and pressure. This helped her realize her talent for singing. She had a passion for performance […]
Sisters United Muslim Association creates a supportive and empowering environment
Sisterhood, family, happy place and love – these are the words used by Sisters United Muslim Association (SUMA) members to describe what the organization means to them, according to SUMA president Juwayriyya Dayala. When Dayala ended up in the hospital after an accident, the caring nature exhibited by her fellow members confirmed the truth behind […]
Advocating for equality: Student org president wants to see female leadership flourish in community
When noticing a lack of representation in leadership positions, Sisters Inspiring Success President Patricia Brutus said it only motivates her to continue pushing for change. “When you don’t see people who look like you in leadership roles, that can be discouraging for some people,” she said. “But for me, it’s a motivation to make that […]
Risa Slepikas: Meet Rocky the Bull’s manager
Getting a chance to work alongside the school’s football team can be an exciting opportunity for college students, but for sophomore Risa Slepikas, her job is much different than the rest. Landing an internship with USF Athletics her freshman year, Slepikas’ job focuses on managing South Florida’s mascot, Rocky the Bull. As his manager, her […]