Insidious: The Last Key (2018)

DIRECTOR Adam Robitel
STARRING Lin Shaye, Angus Sampson, Leigh Whannell, Josh Stewart, Caitlin Gerard
RELEASE DATE January 5, 2018
RUNTIME 103 Minutes
COUNTRY United States

Brilliant parapsychologist Elise Rainier receives a disturbing phone call from a man who claims that his house is haunted. Even more disturbing is the address — 413 Apple Tree Lane in Five Keys, N.M. — the home where Elise grew up as a child. Accompanied by her two investigative partners, Rainier travels to Five Keys to confront and destroy her greatest fear — the demon that she accidentally set free years earlier.

The latest chapter of the Insidious series hits theaters today and you’re probably wondering, “Should I go?”

The short answer is yes.

The longer answer is that this latest film is not only the best film since the first, it may be every bit as good as the first film.

So here is quick synopsis: our intrepid psychic Elise Rainer is tasked with returning to the place she once lived to finally confront and deal with the festering evil she left there as a teenager.

That’s it in a nutshell. Along the way, Leigh Whannell (this time only acting, writing and producing) manages to write a film that bookends the series perfectly, serves as a prequel to the series and can function as an independent and stand-alone horror film. It’s remarkable.

Also remarkable is the world building on display in this series. The Further, where all the ghosts and demons and such spend their time when they aren’t torturing us, is—no play on words here—further developed. It is a place unhinged and terrifying, and the creatures populating it are horrifying and fascinating. It’s the greatest haunted house ever. The creature in this film, credited as Keyface, is a spectacle to behold and is brought to horrifying life by Javier Botet (who’s work in Mama, The Strain and most recently It is quickly raising his star to the heights that Andy Serkis and Doug Jones both occupy). Couple this upped creep factor with the solid script and plotting by Whannel and you have a great film. But what about the directing you ask? Who is directing this film if Whannell and James Wan aren’t? How could this be good if it isn’t in their hands?

Relax. Adam Robitel is here to assure us that his work on the criminally underrated Taking of Deborah Logan (which he also wrote) was no fluke. That film was an assured piece of horror filmmaking and his decidedly non-found footage direction here in The Last Key show that we have a potential new master of horror on our hands here. He, Mike Flanagan, Corin Hardy, Andy Muschietti and James Wan should all be looked upon as the next up and coming group of genre superstars and we are fortunate to have them especially as horror takes center stage again at the box office.

So there you have it, Insidious: The Last Key is a film most definitely worthy of your time this weekend. It’s a well-acted, well-written and well-directed piece of genre fare and it deserves your attention. It further builds on the already excellent mythology of the Insidious series and it is a truly creeptastic experience on top of all else. If you’re avoiding the cold today or this weekend, throw on the whole series and marathon it. Then go to theaters and experience this newest, fear-filled chapter.