Insidious – The Last Key

The Last Key is a far cry from its predecessors.
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“Parapsychologist Dr. Elise Rainier faces her most fearsome and personal haunting yet – in her own family home.”

Before I go into reviewing this movie, I have to inform my readers about ‘Dump Months’. This is when studios put out their worst movies and predicted bombs, figuring that critics and movie goers alike will not go to theaters to see them. These months are typically January, February and August. For the most part, terrible horror movies are released during January and February to draw in the teenage crowd just trying to get a scare after the holidays. You can tell what direction I’m going in here.

I’m a huge fan of the first two Insidious movies both directed by horror mastermind James Wan, who also directed films such as SawThe Conjuring and The Conjuring 2. Wan passing the torch on this franchise was very apparent with the change in tone in the 3rd and 4th installments. The Last Key is a far cry from its predecessors.

Let’s start with the scares. WHAT SCARES??? This movie did a great job of showing all the jump scares in the trailers. I knew when and where to expect them, and even if I didn’t see the trailers, the pause in sound and negative space was a dead giveaway. The antagonist was the corniest of all four movies. He is the weakest part of the story and I knew he would be when I saw he had keys for fingertips….keys for fingertips. Let that stupid idea sink in.

The dialogue and acting in the film was forced and disjointed. Characters weren’t meshing well and the conversations were like seeing an unavoidable train wreck. It was weird that Lin Shaye, Angus Sampson and Leigh Whannell (the only 3 reoccurring actors in the series) had the most awkward interactions and a lot of misses in the humor department.

Strangely enough this film cost more to make than the first two installments combined, yet is the worst looking. The effects and make-up are mediocre at best and I’ll mention it again…keys for freakin’ fingertips.

Overall Grade: D-

James Wan does an amazing job of surprising you with terrifying scenery, dreadful tension, and genuinely creepy characters.  Everything this film lacks and desperately needs. If they decide to continue riding the cash cow of this series, they can count me out on spending my money on this trash.  Keys for fingertips…mother of God!

Insidious – The Last Key
January 2018
Director: Adam Robitel
Blumhouse Productions, Stage 6 Films

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