Insidious: The Last Key

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Swanner: In this the fourth installment of the Insidious franchise. Elise Rainier (Lin Shaye), a psychic, receives a call from a man who tells her that his house is haunted and he needs her help. The catch is that he’s living in the house she grew up in and so she already knows the evil that lives there. She gets her team together and heads home to face her own past. Adam Robitel directs from a screenplay by Leigh Whannell, who has written all four film in the series.

I actually liked the story of Elise facing her own demons, as it were. We see she came from an abusive home where she was not just haunted by ghosts but by a father, who had repressed his own psychic ability, who thinks he can beat these abilities out of her. It’s not a big storyline, but more of a personal story. There are still plenty of scares and the film moves well. Elise’s team/sidekicks (Angus Sampson, Leigh Whannell) is where the film loses a bit of steam as they try to add humor to film that is more irritating than funny.

The film is set in 2010, this was the investigation she had right before the original film took place. Kind of a Star Wars: Rogue One for those who follow the Star Wars films. Being the fourth in the series there isn’t a lot of character development and we have gotten use to the way they tease us with scares. Even with that being said, I’ve enjoyed them all for being consistent and dependable. You can expect some good scares and a good story making this a good start to 2018.

Swanner: 2 1/2 stars

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