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Blu-ray Review: Insidious: The Last Key

April 3, 2018

By John Corrado

★★½ (out of 4)

The fourth film in the horror franchise, Insidious: The Last Key offers an origin story of sorts for the character of Elise Rainier (Lin Shaye), the parapsychologist and medium who has connected all of these films.

When Elise gets a call from Ted Garza (Kirk Acevedo), the man who now lives in the house where she grew up, about a haunting at the New Mexico residence, she is forced to confront her dark past, and come to terms with the abuse that she received at the hands of her father (Josh Stewart).

Joined once again by the paranormal investigators Tucker (Angus Sampson) and Specs (Leigh Whannell), Elise must enter into the “further” to defeat the terrifying entities that have overtaken the house, including a demonic figure (Javier Botet) with keys on his fingertips.

Considering that this is the fourth film in the series, and the law of diminishing returns usually applies pretty heavily to horror sequels, Insidious: The Last Key is actually somewhat of a nice surprise.  No, it’s not a game changer in the genre, but it’s still a decent supernatural horror film, that does a fine job of expanding the mythology from the first three films.  Directed by Adam Robitel, taking over from previous directors James Wan and Leigh Whannell, it features more of the same solid production design that the series is known for, and showcases some appropriately creepy sequences.

While it’s hardly the best entry into the series, that honour still belongs to the first one, Insidious: The Last Key is also better than expected.  When placed in chronological order, the film functions as both a prequel and an off-shoot, taking place a little while after the events of the third chapter, which are briefly mentioned here, and leading directly into the events of the first two.  This is a pretty good film that is primarily made for fans of the series, and it’s worth checking out for those who enjoyed the first three, helping flesh out this world and shedding some more light on the character of Elise.

The Blu-ray also includes a selection of deleted scenes, an alternate ending, and the four featurettes Dive Into the Insidious Universe, Unlocking the Keys, Going Into the Further, and Becoming Elise.

Insidious: The Last Key is a Sony Home Entertainment release.  It’s 103 minutes and rated 14A.

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