Movie Review: Insidious: The Last Key

The creative minds behind the Insidious trilogy return for Insidious: The Last Key. In the horror, which welcomes back Lin Shaye as Dr. Elise Rainier, the brilliant parapsychologist faces her most fearsome and personal haunting yet: in her own family home. The film is written by co-creator Leigh Whannell (Saw), who wrote the trilogy and directed Chapter 3; produced by Insidious regulars Jason Blum (The Purge series, Get Out), Oren Peli (Paranormal Activity) and co-creator James Wan (The Conjuring, Furious 7); and directed by series newcomer Adam Robitel (The Taking of Deborah Logan).

Last night I grabbed my Cineworld Unlimited card and headed over to Llandudno to check out the latest movie in the franchise. Insidious: The Last Key starts off in the 1950s as we are introduced to Elise as a child and the horrors that she went through in her family home, after the horrific introduction we are brought forward to 2010 in this second prequel in the Insidious franchise.

Insidious: The Last Key, Lin Shaye and KeyFace

Insidious: The Last Key, Lin Shaye and KeyFace

Now in 2010 Elise is contacted by the current owner of the family home, Ted Garza (Kirk Acevedo), who is suffering from the horrors dark secrets that are hidden in the depths of the house, Elise heads over to Five Keys, New Mexico, to help Garza, she is joined by her new colleagues in supernatural investigations, Specs (Leigh Whannell) and Tucker (Angus Sampson), of course it all boils down to Key Face (Javier Botet).

I found this addition to the franchise less scary than the previous movies, yes it has all the key things you get in today’s shockers, the figure running quickly across the screen in the background, shadowy figures, loud noises after moments of silence and of course those creepy sounds that bounce around all the speakers to make you feel at ease. But I’m not sure if it is down to me seeing so many horror films and knowing what’s coming that I don’t seem to jump as much as I used to, although many of the jumpy scenes that do you the good old tricks may work on those that are very nervy when watching horrors.

For me on watching this film, I found the emotion of Elise finding out her past, to be the more interesting part of the movie, as a viewer I was also taken on that journey of her discovery of her families history and the terrible surprises that it reveals. Elise’s sidekicks did have me laughing on the odd occasion with some the lines that they have, which a good way to break the tension of a film such as this.

Insidious: The Last Key is shot nice, the lighting inside the house is used to great effect in many of the scenes that have you wondering what is just off camera or lurking in the background and as I mentioned earlier the use of the sound is used to its advantage of the surround sound speakers moving around the audience, such as a child’s voice and other creepy stuff.

So as this is my first horror for this year, I did enjoy it, not as much I thought I would, but I’m hoping that some of the other horror movies that are heading to the big screen this year are going to have me leaping out of my seat, fingers crossed but for now Insidious: The Last Key is a nice addition to the franchise, I loved the way it connects with Insidious: Chapter 3 and the original Insidious movie from 2011, a nice touch and a great way to have some flow through the lastest movie.

Karen Woodham
Karen Woodham is the founder and owner of the Blazing Minds. She is also a Cinema reviewer, based at the Scala in Prestatyn and at the many Cineworld screens, where she reviews the latest movies, she has also had several articles published in various publications. In 2015 she became an Award Winning Blogger and also has her website listed as one of the UK's Top 10 Film Blogs.
Karen Woodham
Karen Woodham