Insidious: The Last Key

I was pleasantly surprised by Insidious: The Last Key. I thought that the Insidious series would be the usual diminishing returns that happens with horror franchises. Between Chapter 3 and this movie I found myself caring for Elise and her lovably awkward duo more than I thought possible after the first two movies. I even found myself wishing for more movies so that I could spend more time with them.

The Last Key was directed by Adam Robitel and written by Leigh Whannell. Robitel does a great job of coming into an established horror franchise. Whannell is able to seemingly wrap up the story that he had been telling in these movies. He does that while also leaving enough threads that could be picked up if needed. The more I learned about Elise the more I liked her and the same goes for Tucker and Specs as they formed a familial bond.

Lin Shaye, Angus Sampson, and Leigh Whannell once again return. Spencer Locke, Caitlin Gerard, Bruce Davison, Kirk Acevedo, and Josh Stewart are new additions in The Last Key. Shaye and Davison have great chemistry together that works well with their character’s shared trauma. Both Acevedo and Stewart play against what I know from them as they’re more sinister than what I’m used to seeing. The bond between Shaye, Sampson, and Whannell felt like a mother and sons rather than co-workers.

Javier Botet as the entity KeyFace is as fantastic as he ever is. That’s helped along by practical creature effects and VFX. KeyFace is possibly the most distinct entity in any of the movies so far. Both kinds of effects in The Last Key are fantastic, which includes those outside of the entities of The Further. Joseph Bishara once again returned to do the music and it fit the movie just like the previous movies.

Insidious: The Last Key seemingly closes the circle on the Insidious series and does so with a fitting conclusion. I know that there’s another movie in the franchise coming out in the next year or so but it will be a sequel rather than a prequel, which will be an interesting continuation of the story. I watched The Last Key on Tubi but I watched it on the last day that it was available so I have no idea if it will be available anywhere. I give Insidious: The Last Key 8 train whistles out of 10.

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