“Insidious: The Last Key” Review ✦✧✧✧✧

13 January, 2018

Director: Adam Robitel
Screenwriter: Leigh Whannell
Director of Photography: Toby Oliver
Lin ShayeLeigh WhannellJavier Botet

Synopsis: The backstory of psychic Elise Rainier unravels after a man living in the house she grew up in sends a plea for help, unearthing demons from her past along with a key that could unlock further terror.

Insidious The Last Key Review:

Barely worthy of a place in James Wan’s established cinematic universe, “Insidious: The Last Key” hangs on by a thread to the series’ original concept, proving no better than the average “Paranormal Activity” movie with run-of-the-mill scares and pathetic world building. Cheap as chips with cardboard cut-outs for characters, the film offers principal star Lin Shaye little chance to shine as the script’s idling premise and comedic sidekicks plummet viewers into an abyss, imitating the void of spirit world ‘The Further’ by leaving us with 100 minutes of knock-off horror drivel with a jokey overtone.

Honoured by the presence of MFS-sufferer Javier Botet whose freakish body is a blessing in the world of horror, “Insidious: The Last Key” utilises the Doug Jones of the B-movie circuit, casting him as a gangly monster whose Bagul-like features could curdle milk. Inspired by his appearance in films like “[REC]” and “Mama,” director Adam Robitel tries his best to inject KeyFace into our nightmares yet Botet’s attendance feels worthless as Leigh Whannell’s draff screenplay undercuts the chance for terror.

A film of layered nightmares with doors within doors and keys to the soul, “Insidious: The Last Key” falls remarkably flat in the transition from concept to screen, giving us no one to root for in a prequel tale of psychic ability and ghostly mind control. Laughably executed with slapdash scares and a predictable backstory, “Insidious: Chapter 4” suffers terribly from fourth movie syndrome, practically begging to be made fun of in a final bid to create a successful meme to seal it in the history of schlocky horror movies. Becoming instantly forgettable once the credits roll, the movie fumbles the ball on all accounts, becoming yet another unoriginal and opportunistic sequel to add to the pile of worthless franchise movies.


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Insidious: The Last Key