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'Insidious 3' holds its own with mayhem and levity

'Insidious 3' holds its own with mayhem and levity

To enjoy "Insidious: Chapter 3" — and it is enjoyable — you needn't have seen the first two films in this horror series. Although this third installment is a prequel set years before those earlier shockers, which involved the haunted Lambert family (not returning here), it stands well on its own as a jumpy spookfest.

The new movie establishes how Elise Rainier (Lin Shaye, tops), the series' pivotal psychic who was killed off in the second film, began saving endangered families. To that end, she's visited by Quinn Brenner (Stefanie Scott), an earnest teen aching to make contact with her beloved late mother. But once Elise begins to "read" Quinn, she...