Final film of franchise doesn’t deliver
Insidious: The Last Key is the prequel nobody asked for. Following the lady with nine lives, Elise Rainier (Lin Shaye), chapter four of the Insidious franchise takes audiences into the childhood of the esteemed parapsychologist that they have grown to know throughout the film series, continuing her voyage into the “further.”
While adhering to the same eerie clairvoyance as seen in prior Insidious films, chapter four is a sequence of endless jump scares and drawn-out plots that are only relieved by comedic moments, which are presumably aimed to keep viewers awake. The film does not maintain the initial charm of the first film and fails to impart with the audience any significant or uncanny resonance.
What the film does bring, however, is an interesting look into Rainier’s adolescent life and how she grew up among her family, despite her supernatural gifts. Audiences learn about her abusive father, estranged brother, and supportive mother.
The Last Key also offers interesting plot twists and call-backs; the movie explains the significance of the red doors that audiences are introduced to in the first film and the demons that possess from them. In this installment, audiences are introduced to a new entity that both manipulates the living and imprisons dead souls.
While the film has its strong points, the ending is confusing and rushed, as though the writers ran out of time to create an ending that is thoroughly developed. Elise receives a call from Lorraine Lambert (Barbara Hershey), who is concerned about her grandson, Dalton Lambert (Ty Simpkins), thus bringing the audience back to the beginnings of Insidious: Chapter One. While Insidious: The Last Key concludes this horror franchise, this final installment proves that this series should have ended a long time ago.