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‘Insidious: the Last Key’ falls short of potential

Written By Patrick Nucci

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The fourth installment in the Insidious franchise came out on the fifth of January, and it didn’t bring anything new to the so called “horror” series. “Insidious: The Last Key” furthers the story of “Insidious: Chapter 2” (“Insidious: Chapter 3” was a prequel to the first Insidious movie).  “The Last Key” run for an hour and 43 minutes. It follows the series’ protagonist, Alice, played by Lin Shaye. She does a great job playing a paranormal investigator who can speak to the supernatural. Her colleagues (played by Leigh Whannel and Angus Sampson Tucker) are set up as comedic relief, but fail and come off as creepy. These characters didn’t seem like they had a big part in the whole movie at all.

“The Last Key” introduces what Alice’s childhood was like, and when and how she got these paranormal abilities. The movie takes us to the house where she grew up, and it does a good job connecting all the movies together. It also introduces us to Alice’s younger brother (played by Bruce Davison) and his daughters (played by Spencer Locke and Hana Hayes). The daughters and Alice’s brother are unimportant to the movie, besides the flashback to her childhood with Alice and the brother.

“The Last Key” has many jump scares that are startling because they are unexpected, but the plot isn’t that scary. Even seeing the creatures and demons aren’t that scary. I’ve seen “The Conjuring”, and that scary nun terrifies me still. Comparing that to the demons in this movie, they aren’t terrifying in any possible sense of the word. After seeing Chapter 2 and Chapter 3, I was hoping there wouldn’t be a fourth movie, but I was wrong. Now I am hoping there won’t be a fifth movie, but I’m not too sure about that.

I like the jump scares the plot was predictable and there were no plot twists or anything exciting. The visuals were cool. The paranormal powers that Alice have are really interesting and I would be scared to have those powers. If you are looking for a movie with jump scares, I would recommend this movie, but if you want something deeper and terrifying, please don’t think about seeing this movie. It is not worth the four dollars I spent on it.

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