It’s time to kick off the 2018 Halloween Film Festival and there’s no better horror film currently at the theaters than Insidious: The Last Key. I got my ass out the door early so I was able to attend a private screening of the film at the beautiful Cinema West in Livermore, home of the reclining seat. Before the film began they ran a preview for the upcoming monsterama Rampage and it looks great. I’m also seeing trailers for Slender Man and Winchester so it’s safe to say 2018 looks like another great year for ghosts and monsters. The House of Stuff team will be going all out to bring you the best in new and used films as well as a fine selection a crappers all season long.
Insidious: The Last Key is the latest entry in the James Wan Universe. That’s right Mr. Wan has enough hot properties on celluloid to deserve his own filmverse alongside the Marvel Universe, the James Bond Universe and the Universal Monster Universe. In case you’ve been in a coma all century, as writer, director or producer James Wan has been responsible for most of the modern resurgence in the horror market. He’s the man behind the Saw, Conjuring, Annabelle and Insideous franchises. To top it all off … he’s writing the screenplay for Aquaman. In years to come he’ll be recognized as one of the great creative forces in chillers.
Insidious: The Last Key continues the adventures of Elise Rainer played by Lin Shaye. Ms. Rainer was introduced in the first Insidious movie in a supporting role. She’s became the central character with Insidious 3 and retains the position this time around. Lin Shaye is a really refreshing choice for a lead actress. She older and not at all glamorous looking. She’s not spunky, witty or charming either. She just a normal looking senior with a believable personality who happens to be able to see spirits. Shaye brings the character to life and pretty much carries the film.
A man places a call to the Elise to ask for help with ghosts in his home. It’s the house where Elise grew up so she get the Ghostbustlovers or whatever these guys call themselves and head for New Mexico. Insidious: The Last Key has a few surprises and plenty of shocks. I was particularly impressed with the clarity of the dark shots. Hats off to whoever did the lighting. I’m not sure where this film fits in the series but I’m guessing it’s between 1 and 2. I don’t think I’m ready to pull out the previous 3 movies to verify, but if you do , let me know. Either way, it worth a trip to the to the show.
Insidious: The Last Key