After so much blood and gore, it’s time for more subtle Halloween horror with supernatural chiller Insidious: The Last Key.
Insidious: The Last Key
(USA 2018, director: Adam Robitel)
Parapsychologist Dr. Elise Rainier returns to her former home where her first ghost sightings occured, only to find out that it’s still haunted by a malevolent spirit that uses fear and hate as its nourishment.
Insidious 1-3 already had its ups and downs, with the first one being rather scary, the second one not as original but still intense, and the third one simply boring and unspectacular. As Chapter 3 already served as a prequel in which Elise met her two geeky assistants Specs and Tucker, it’s disappointing to see the same formula repeated here, especially since the ending of Chapter 2 hinted at something sinister for the ghost hunters to face. But maybe it was just another one of those McGuffin cliffhangers that will never be resolved? Anyway, if one accepts the fact that The Last Key dispenses with the Chapter subtitle and doesn’t add anything substantial to the main storyline, then one will have a better time watching it.
After a very scary beginning in which the creature with keys as fingers is introduced, the movies takes some time before more frightening events follow. Being more in line with a family drama, one is presented with more background information about Elise’s past, especially her relationship with a violent father who can’t accept her gift to see dead people, making her even easier to relate to as a more rounded character than the quite quirky lady one knew before. It’s difficult to describe what happens afterward without spoilers, so suffice it to say that there are quite some good twists and tense moments, although it has to be said that this instalment isn’t nearly as frightening, disturbing or memorable as the original.
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