The creative minds behind the hit Insidious trilogy return for Insidious: The Last Key. In the supernatural thriller, which welcomes back franchise standout Lin Shaye as Dr. Elise Rainier, the brilliant parapsychologist faces her most fearsome and personal haunting yet: in her own family home.

What We Thought:

There’s nothing exactly wrong with Insidious: The Last Key, but I don’t really get the point of it. I had more questions after the film than before watching it. Why is it opening in January and not around Halloween? Why is it playing at movie theaters when it’s more a straight to video/streaming type film? Is there an audience for a fourth film in the franchise? Will people care?

The answer to most of those questions is of course money. These films and other franchises like The Conjuring make enough money and are reasonably cheap enough to make that they will keep pumping out movies until they stop making money at the box office. This is the FOURTH film in this franchise. I can’t even tell if you I saw the third one. I barely remember the first two which at least had big names in it. The third film was a prequel to the first two films and this is a prequel to that I believe.

And I like Lin Shaye. I saw this because of her and to be honest, I was tired of not doing anything because of the winter weather and the holidays. Shaye is good in the movie, I just didn’t quite get the point of it. She was the medium from the original films that had Rose Byrne and Patrick Wilson. She was in the third one, which again, I’m not even sure if I saw. This gives her character a backstory and shows that she had abilities even as a young girl. She goes back to her childhood house and learns it had secrets she didn’t know about. The story is easy enough to follow and makes enough sense, but again, do people care enough to pump out another movie of backstory?

The worst part of this movie is, the demon in it could very easily be the story of another future movie. Insidious 5 could be a third prequel explaining how this demon came to the house and started causing trouble. You may laugh at that idea, but look at The Conjuring franchise. There were two films, then a prequel (Annabelle) then a prequel to that (Annabelle Creation) and that prequel opens another story for a future film. If this was the 1990s and you were sending these straight to video, fine, but these are getting made to go to the theater and are still making money. Just goes to show you what horror has become.

As for Insidious: The Last Key, it has some decent enough effects, but relies heavily on jumpscares which I loathe. It tries to be funny and it shouldn’t. With bad jokes and ghosts jumping on-screen to get the audience to react, I just don’t get into these movies. I knew The Conjuring films had a good following, but I had no idea Insidious did as well to warrant a fourth movie (and possibly more). At this point in time you know whether or not you like these flicks. I like Lin Shaye and if I was browsing Netflix and saw this pop up I would have watched it out of curiosity, but I don’t understand how this got a theatrical release.

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