A prequel set before the haunting of the Lambert family that reveals how gifted psychic Elise Rainier reluctantly agrees to use her ability to contact the dead in order to help a teenage girl who has been targeted by a dangerous supernatural entity.
After trying to connect with her dead mother, teenager Quinn Brenner, asks psychic Elise Rainier to help her, she refuses due to negotiate events in her childhood. Quinn starts noticing paranormal events happen in her house. After a vicious attack from a demon her father goes back and begs Elise Rainier to use her abilities to contact the other side in hope to stop these attacks by this furious demon content for a body.
Taken over by writer Leigh Whannell to direct the franchise, the theme does not divert too much from the previous two sequels, maintaining the usual plot development that James Wan did previously except a little bit surprising easy solution final act. Composer Joseph Bishara returns with his usual eerie, loud, noisy and irritating scores that help to boost the scare and the spooky effects, though not as terrifying as Conjuring and Insidious, it is still consider passable for its PG-13 ratings. Even though the performances from other casts are not really up to expectation, characters development are still fine while Lin Shaye's outstanding portrayal as Elise has given her sufficient room to be the lead role. It might not offer any fresh ideas to the franchise, but this warm-hearted frightening chapter stressing on the note of love and loss owns its moment that is not found in previous installments.
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