Parapsychologist Dr. Elise Rainier faces her most fearsome and personal haunting yet - in her own family home.
Starring: Lin Shaye, Leigh Whannell, and Angus Sampson
Directed by: Adam Robitel
Written by: Leigh Whannell
When “Insidious” premiered in 2010, it seemed like this was going to lead to big things, and it sort of did. Some arguably good movies followed like “The Conjuring,” “Annabelle,” and their sequels. It has also led to several of it’s own sequels, and now “Inisidious: The Last Key.” So lets begin the argument over the latest chapter in this franchise!
For “Insidious: Chapter 3,” they decided to go the prequel route, and it turned out alright. It would make audiences think that this sequel would open a new chapter for this franchise. Unfortunately it doesn’t because The Last Key is yet another prequel. Seriously, how many prequels does a franchise need, especially one with only three movies under its belt?
This time the story begins and ends with Elise (Lin Shaye). The audience is introduced to events that haunted her as a child, and have returned for some unfinished business. Elise, along with Specs (Leigh Whannell) and Tucker (Angus Sampson), return to her childhood home to find the demon behind it all. As always, Lin does a terrific job in her role, but having the movie focus mostly on her is too much. The pace seems too slow, and there isn’t enough action going on. Specs and Tucker add some humor, but that isn’t enough.
Most importantly, the slow pace also kills most of the scares. There are a few scares that are way overdone because of the build up to it. The audience will know it’s coming, but they do the best to drag it out. If they are hoping to make it suspenseful, they are really just boring the true horror fan who sees it coming. On top of it, for a franchise born on some really good scares, The Last Key seems to be short on them.
Yes, fans were probably alright with another Insidious movie, but probably not a second prequel. Everyone agrees that Lin is great in her role, but having the movie follow her is too much. The story isn’t bad, but just unfolds too slowly. A small twist here and there isn’t enough to make up for it. The Key Demon is the most interesting thing in the movie, especially in what it does to people, but there isn’t enough of it, or the scares Insidious movies are known for. With that, I give “Insidious: The Last Key” 2.5 pools of blood, and can only hope we see more of the Further in the next movie!