Insidious: The Last Key
Brilliant parapsychologist Elise Rainier returns in this gripping Blumhouse film, bringing you the most horrifying chapter of the series yet, Insidious: The Last Key. Lin Shaye reprises her role as Dr. Elise Rainier, who receives a disturbing phone call from a man who claims that his house is haunted. Even more disturbing is the address, 413 Apple Tree Lane in Five Keys, New Mexico, the very home where Elise grew up as a child. Accompanied by her two investigative partners, Rainier travels to Five Keys to confront and destroy her greatest fears, fears that have plagued her since childhood – the demon that she accidentally set free years earlier.
I am a sucker for a good ghost story and the Insidious films rarely disappoint. “Insidious: The Last Key” is the fourth installment of the “Insidious” franchise, which serves as both a prequel and a sequel at the same time. You could say a sequel to the third film and a prequel to the first and second films. The film begins with a flashback showing a young Elise being abused by her prison-warden father due to her “gift” of continually seeing ghosts and communicating with the dead. The flashback quickly reveals to only be a nightmare that a much older Elise is having. The storyline takes you back to Elisa’s beginnings, but it really doesn’t focus on a lot on her growing up story, it uses it mostly as a tool to tell another disturbing story.
Elise is now a demonologist and parapsychologist who runs her business of combating spirits and demonic forces. She receives a call from someone who is living in the house that she grew up in as a child and is being haunted by its ghosts. This installment truly does not have the classic horror vibe that the first two movies had, and it comes off as more modern and rushed as was not the case in the first two films. Our lead antagonist, Lin Shaye (Elise) gives a fairly good performance but is definitely not remarkable. The rest of the cast is pretty much the same as they were in the other films.
The story is as intriguing as ever, and of course, there are many startling moments that I found myself hiding behind my hands a few times. There is a plethora of occultic content, such as the film’s concept of ghosts and spirits lingering after death and the paranormal ability to communicate with the dead, the unrealistic depiction of demons and powers, and the communication of demons as being a paranormal “gift.” There’s also another part of the movie when someone hands Elise a Bible and she ever so briefly scoffs at it.
I was caught off guard more than once with the way a story played out. It was a story I was satisfied with almost the entirety of it, it gave me all of the things that I enjoy in a good horror flick. There was even some campy humor in it. The actor selection in this was spot on. There is a lot of very creepy and downright scary imagery throughout the film. Dark creatures and beings with great strength that cause harm to the living. One scene we have a young girl who has become possessed, and another girl being beaten by her father. Many dark themes are throughout this movie and can be a bit hard to shake after leaving the theater.
I was a bit thrown by the central demon in the film, which was a spindly ghoul with keys on the tips of his bony fingers that can lock his victim’s voices and consciousness away. The more I watched, the more I discovered it as a fun and creepy creation. However, we never get to find out what his other three fingers do, and that made me feel a bit cheated!
Title: Insidious: The Last Key
Release Date: January 5, 2018
Runtime: 1 hour, 43 minutes
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Studio: Universal Pictures
Starring: Lin Shaye, Leigh Whannell, Angus Sampson, Caitlin Gerard
MPAA Rated: PG-13
Directors: Adam Robitel
Reviewed by: Disturbia
Our Rating: 4.2 /5
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