With the third chapter of the "Insidious" series, Leigh Whannell steps up to take over as writer and director on the second franchise that he started with James Wan. As today's "Aquaman" news made clear, Wan has become a major asset to studios now, and while I doubt he's made his final scary film or even his final small film, I doubt we're going to see him make any more films in the "Saw" or "Insidious" worlds again.
So why not Whannell? After all, if there's anyone who understands this world, it's him. He was the one who created the mythology, after all, when he wrote the first film, and he's played Specs, part of the paranormal investigation team headed by Lin Shaye, in the other two films. When I first saw the set-up for this film, I assumed it would be an early adventure for Specs, Elise (Shaye), and Tucker (Angus Sampson), and I thought that sounded great. I like that Shaye plays her part as someone who deeply believes, someone who has great respect for the surreal experience that these people are going through when they come in contact with her, while the guys are both far less ethereal about the whole thing. It's a fun contrast, and they never felt like simple knock-offs of real TV paranormal "ghost hunters" or of the Ghostbusters, which is harder than it sounds.