Quick Review: Insidious The Last Key

Insidious‘ is one of my favorite horror films of the last ten years. The two sequels that follow are respectable. Let me save you the trouble with this one. You can make better use of the 1h 43min run-time. Mostly just the general premise, but minor spoilers ahead.

Like Chapter 3, we follow parapsychologist & medium Elise Rainier (Lin Shaye) on another adventure with her two sidekicks. This time, Elise’s help is requested by a man who’s been experiencing aggressive paranormal activity in his home. When she takes down his address, she is quickly startled to discover it’s the house she grew up in.

The film doesn’t start off bad as we get some backstory into the the type of household Elise grew up in. It also has a little twist midway through that I didn’t see coming. None of this can make up for its shortcomings though.

Look, I know this isn’t the type of film looking to win an Oscar, but everything else is so damn hollow. Since this is the town Elise grew up in, naturally she does encounter some relatives. However, they didn’t dedicate enough time to make me really care enough about them, when it becomes essential to the story that I should! They just simply exist to do stuff!  In the first couple films, they really established the bond between Josh, Renai & Dalton. This film just tries to force bonds along.

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Elise, stop reaching. This franchise already slipped away.

Certain character actions throughout the film also feel like they exist because the writers couldn’t think of a better way to get one person from point A to point B. For example, don’t tell me you’ve looked everywhere for somebody, when they could have easily been found in the middle of the basement. The dialogue can be pretty bad at times too.

 

If you stopped at three, keep it that way. ‘Insidious The Last Key’ is a waist of time.

Score: 4.5 / 10

Pros

+ Nice Elise backstory.

+ The demon’s use of keys is cool.

+ A little twist midway through.

Cons

– No sense of a real bond between these characters.

– Dialogue can be really bad.

 

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