Wednesday, January 10, 2018

[Review] Insidious: The Last Key

It may come as a surprise to some, but I'm a fan of the Insidious horror franchise, especially 2015's criminally underrated and shockingly great sequel Insidious: Chapter 3. The latest installment Insidious: The Last Key picks up directly after Chapter 3, and while its flaws are more glaring this time around, it's still a decent slice of early-year frights.

After an intense (to put it lightly) flashback, we check in with the series' current (and best) main character -- the compassionate, constantly haunted psychic medium Elise (fantastically played by Line Shaye). She's now teamed up with the pun-y pair of paranormal investigators (played by Leigh Whannell and Angus Sampson, who continue to add a lot of kooky comic relief to the story) for business. Eventually, Elise receives a call about some ghostly activity, and it just happens to be from the house she grew up in. Let's just say she doesn't have the fondest memories of the place. Anyhow, the crew packs up and heads out to see what's going on, and it's not pretty.

While Insidious: The Last Key explores new realms and unlocks new doors, it doesn't exactly break new genre ground. But it does use some tried-and-true scare tactics. It's hard to go wrong with creepy little ghost children darting around, demonic figures lurking in the shadows, suffocatingly dark basement scenes, and heart-stopping jump scares. With that said, there are definitely things in here that any moviegoer would question or scoff at -- like the jarring coincidences, the nearly unbearable melodrama, the head-scratching logic, the savagely cruel twists, the corny dialogue, and the clumsy exposition chunks that might as well flat-out say "In case you forgot what happened in the previous movies, here you go..."

So even though Insidious: The Last Key won't go down as one of the year's best, you can't say that you've seen many movies that feature a 75-year-old female protagonist beating up demons with a cane.

( 6/10 )

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