Behind-the-Scenes with Stefanie Scott in Insidious: Chapter 3

Julie Wood, Staff Writer

“Tiptoe to the window, by the window, that is where I’ll be.

Come tiptoe through the tulips with me…”

These lyrics have become iconic with the eerie rendition of a child singing them in the background of the Insidious movies, striking fear and tension in those who hear it, in anticipation of the horror that will occur in the films. Well the fear is not over yet, because the third installment of the Insidious films is coming soon to theaters.

Insidious: Chapter 3 is the prequel to the previous two, following the character Elise Rainier and her past psychic experiences.

In one of her cases, Elise meets a teenage girl named Quinn Brenner who has just gone through the loss of her mother. Quinn feels that her late mother is trying to contact her, so in an attempt to reach her, she asks Elise for help.

The two of them develop a bond, with Elise feeling protective and almost like a guardian for Quinn. She wants to help her, but a tragic incident in her past has made Elise scared to use her psychic powers.

When Quinn experiences a dangerous attack by a dark entity, her widowed father begs Elise to use her abilities to help his daughter.

Elise is reluctant but desperately wants to help Quinn, so she uses her psychic powers to face the most menacing and horrifying demon that she has ever dealt with.

This demon feeds on human souls, and Elise must try to protect herself and Quinn’s family from this dark and unstoppable power.

Stefanie Scott (Quinn Brenner), also known for her past role in the Disney show A.N.T. Farm and now the new film Jem and the Holograms, explained what it is like transitioning from lighter roles to this darker role: “I think it just has to do with growing up. I’ve kind of just moved on to doing work that…I’m really passionate about, and I love telling real stories about real people that people can relate to and make them feel.”

Other than growing up and moving into this darker performance, Scott had to prepare for the role in unusual ways to fully relate to the supernatural and scary elements of the film. She explained, “To prepare for it, the director, Leigh Whannell, actually had me go see a psychic for the film, which is what my character does in the movie, [and that] was a really intense experience.”

Scott also recalled that the director gave her a playlist of songs to get into character: “He gave me so much music to listen to. But I have to say, I think that my least favorite music was the death metal he made me listen to before the possession. [The director] literally locked me in a dark room and [made me] listen to Swedish death metal.”

She said that this type of music really helped her with filming the “possession” scene.

The theme of possession is already a scary element of the horror genre, but Insidious: Chapter 3 is said to be “more psychological” than gory.

Stefanie Scott’s character, Quinn Brenner, experiences an atypical type of horror movie scenario: “It’s not like the classic cliché film about moving into a new home. That’s what I think really stands out about it. The entity latches itself onto humans and sucks the life out of them, and there’s nothing you can do to get away from it.”

Scott describes the film as “the scariest of the three” and “definitely the darkest” compared to the other films in the Insidious franchise.

Insidious: Chapter 3 is set to be shown in theaters on June 5.