Insidious: The Last Key Should Be Locked Away

1 out of 4 stars

Insidious: The Last Key is the waving of the white flag for the franchise—it’s given up. The fourth installment (but the second film in sequential order) lacks energy and the creative drive the series began with, in the 2010 picture.

Insidious: The Last Key

Lin Shaye in Insidious: The Last Key

Lin Shaye returns as Dr. Elise Rainier, who must return to investigate her childhood home where she discovered her “gift.” Out of all of her cases, her house in Five Keys, New Mexico has haunted her the most and now she must face her biggest demon.

Insidious came at a time when America was going through a horror drought. Everything felt lazy and lacked the imagination to save the weakening genre. Then, James Wan and Jason Blum emerged with the 2010 movie giving horror-fans a breath of fresh air.

Well, after Wan and Blum continued to pump out Insidious sequels and Conjuring spin-offs, the work has begun to suffer. Insidious: The Last Key feels like a movie that would have been released before the duo saved the genre—lazy and uncreative.

Director Adam Robitel does numerous things that just seem so lackluster and out of character with the franchise. The other movies made sure to let audiences only get glimpses of the demons and ghosts. In this final twenty minutes of this installment, the main paranormal villain is in our face over and over, looking like it belonged in a mediocre haunted house.

It’s scary only to see a glimpse. Hence, why the creatures from the earlier films from the franchises were usually bright red. Audiences see that flash of color, only briefly make up the face of a demon and boom! it’s gone. This leaves viewers in wonder, but more importantly, fear. When the demon/monster is in our face, it’s easier for the mind to pick it apart and build a tolerance. Robitel didn’t make this connection. Therefore, I can’t say Insidious: The Last Key was scary.

While Shaye remains the heart of the franchise, even her solid performance isn’t enough to shatter the forced comedy and generic plot. After the strong, opening ten minutes, you can just sense the energy leave the room.

As far as the Insidious franchise, maybe it’s time to lock it up and throw away the key.

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