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Insidious The Last Key Review

Author: James Perkins

It will be a surprise to no-one that, following the monumental box office success of the first Insidious film in 2011, we now sit here seven years later having reached the fourth installment of this modern horror franchise. As with most other franchises of this ilk (cheap to make and turn over a colossal profit), after several iterations, they lose considerable steam (I’m looking at you, Paranormal Activity). So one would assume that is the case with Insidious: The Last Key, however, that is not so as this series has astonishingly taken a turn for the better courtesy of its unlikely star, Lin Shaye.

Insidious: The Last Key sits comfortably in the timeline between Chapter Three and Chapter One meaning it serves as both a prequel and a sequel. The story explores more of the backstory of Elise (Lin Shaye) as nightmares of her childhood come back
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‘Insidious The Last Key’ Review: Dir. Adam Robitel (2018)

Insidious: The Last Key, Review: Lin Shaye, Leigh Whannell and Angus Sampson return to battle demons in the latest entry into the Insidious series.

Insidious: The Last Key review by Kat Hughes.

Insidious: The Last Key Review

2017 saw the horror genre go from strength to strength, films such as Get Out, Raw, and It proved that mainstream audiences still like to be scared, meaning that 2018 cinema screens will surely be filled with all manner of spooky things. The first such film to emerge is Insidious: The Last Key, the fourth film within the Insidious franchise. The first film, written by Leigh Whannell and directed by his Saw collaborator James Wan, was a smash success, introducing us to parapsychologist Elise Rainier (Lin Shaye) and her helpers, Specs (Leigh Whannell) and Tucker (Angus Sampson), as the tried to help the terrified Lambert family. The first sequel – Insidious Chapter Two – stuck with Elise
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Video: Insidious: The Last Key ‘Open the Door’ Clip

Another clip for Insidious: The Last Key has arrived. No matter how many times we see locked doors in horror films people constantly feel the need to open them. When will they ever learn?

Lin Shaye returns as parapsychologist Dr. Elise Rainier facing her most fearsome and personal haunting in her own family home. Written by co-creator Leigh Whannell, who wrote the Insidious trilogy and directed Chapter 3, The Last Key is directed by newcomer Adam RobitelJason BlumOren Peli and James Wan are producing.

Insidious: The Last Key is in cinemas now. Check out the clip above and let us know your thoughts below.

 
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Insidious: The Last Key review

What looks like the final chapter in the Insidious saga arrives in cinemas - but is it a good January horror?

The original Insidious (2011) was a welcome return to indie horror form for director James Wan and writer Leigh Whannell, who followed up their original breakthrough film, Saw, with a couple of misguided and forgettable excursions into major studio territory (anyone remember Dead Silence?). Insidious was intimate, original, a little insane and genuinely creepy; it established some of the stylistic and narrative devices that Wan would utilize for large-scale horror success with The Conjuring a couple of years later.

It was also a hit, which meant the 'we have a new horror franchise!' signs lit up at the offices of original backer Film District. So Insidious 2 came along in 2013, with Wan and Whannell taking up camera and pen again, but it proved to be an unnecessary, overplotted and often
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Interview: Composer Joseph Bishara on Scoring the Insidious Franchise, Working With John Carpenter, and His Favorite Horror Films of 2017

This past weekend saw the release of Adam Robitel’s Insidious: The Last Key (review), the fourth film in the Blumhouse franchise started by James Wan and Leigh Whannell in 2010. Grossing nearly $30 million domestically in its opening weekend (three times its production budget), the film has generated rather favorable reviews from theatergoers and horror […]

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Video: Insidious: The Last Key – Featurette + Clip

A featurette for Insidious: The Last Key has been released alongside a very spooky new clip. You’ll find the featurette above and the clip below.

Lin Shaye returns as parapsychologist Dr. Elise Rainier facing her most fearsome and personal haunting in her own family home. Written by co-creator Leigh Whannell, who wrote the Insidious trilogy and directed Chapter 3, The Last Key is directed by newcomer Adam Robitel. Jason Blum, Oren Peli and James Wan are producing.

Insidious: The Last Key will be haunting cinemas January 12th.

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Deadly Dialogue: A Conversation on Cinema with Insidious: The Last Key’s Lin Shaye, Leigh Whannell, and Adam Robitel

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Hello, readers! Welcome back for the another installment of one our featured columns here at Daily Dead, Deadly Dialogue: A Conversation on Cinema, in which we catch up with notable folks from the horror and sci-fi genres, both in front of and behind the camera, and discuss the films that inspired them to become the artists they are today.

With the recent release of Insidious: The Last Key (in case you missed it, catch up on our previous coverage here) we thought this was the perfect opportunity to catch up with the trio behind the latest sequel—director Adam Robitel, star Lin Shaye, and writer/co-star Leigh Whannell—and hear what they had to say about what got them hooked on the idea of pursuing their dreams in Hollywood.

Lin Shaye: I'll tell you exactly when I decided to do all of this crazy stuff. I was always in theater in college,
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How 'Insidious: The Last Key' Muddles Its Most Important Message

How 'Insidious: The Last Key' Muddles Its Most Important Message
[This story contains spoilers for Insidious: The Last Key]

In the first two installments of James Wan and Leigh Whannell’s long-running Insidious franchise, the ostensible leads were a pair of gorgeous thirtysomething stars: Rose Byrne and Patrick Wilson, who played a young couple tormented by malevolent spirits. But as any fan knows, the films were secretly a showcase for Lin Shaye, the longtime character actor who stole nearly every scene as pastel-loving parapsychologist Elise Rainier.

When Byrne and Wilson departed the franchise in Chapter 3 (actually a prequel), Shaye was pushed to the forefront and became the connective tissue of the...
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Leigh Whannell on the Challenges of Cracking the Story for ‘Insidious: The Last Key’

Leigh Whannell has been in the Insidious business for a while now. The franchise mainstay created the international horror hit with his Saw collaborator James Wan back in 2010, and four films later, he's written and acted in every installment, and even directed Chapter 3. And at his side through every film has been Lin Shaye, the quirky ghost hunter turned leading lady who ended up being the inspiration for the latest sequel, Insidious: The Last Key. Four films in and struggling to find something new to say in the Insidious verse, Whannell cracked the story by leaning into …
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Box Office: ‘Jumanji’ Outpaces ‘Insidious 4,’ ‘Star Wars’

Box Office: ‘Jumanji’ Outpaces ‘Insidious 4,’ ‘Star Wars’
Sony’s “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” is heading for a clear victory over “Insidious: The Last Key” and “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” this weekend at the North American box office, early estimates showed Friday.

Projections indicate that “Jumanji” will take in around $25 million at 3,765 locations in its third weekend, while the opening frame of the fourth “Insidious” installment is battling “The Last Jedi” for second in the $20 million to $22 million range.

Jumanji” has earned $202.4 million in North America in its first 15 days and more than $200 million in its foreign run, reinforcing the drawing power of stars Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart. “The Last Jedi” has hit $549.8 million in three weeks, the sixth-highest domestic total of all time, and has won three straight weekends at the North American box office, including scoring the second-largest opening of all time at $220 million on Dec. 15-17.

“Insidious: The Last Key” launched with a solid $2 million at 2,220 North American sites on
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Interview: The Last Key’s Lin Shaye on Ageism in Hollywood and Her Unexpected Journey Through the Insidious Films

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Insidious: The Last Key has officially arrived in theaters this weekend, and to get you ready for another trip into The Further, here’s our final interview from the recent press day for the film, where Daily Dead sat down for a chat with none other than Lin Shaye, who has deservedly become the franchise’s leading lady.

Over the years, we’ve seen Shaye’s Elise Rainier transform into one of the best characters in modern horror history, and during our interview, the veteran actress discussed the incredible journey she’s taken through the Insidious films, why she loves Elise so much, and being able to defy ageism in Hollywood through her unprecedented roles in this series.

Congratulations on everything, Lin. I just think it's such a remarkable journey that we get to see Elise go on throughout these different films. In the first one, you're like, "Okay, she's here and she's gone,
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Exclusive: Jason Blum, Adam Robitel, and Leigh Whannell Present Insidious: The Last Key at La Live Premiere

Last night Dread Central attended the La Live Premiere in downtown Los Angeles of Blumhouse’s latest installment in the Insidious franchise, director Adam Robitel’s Insidious: The Last Key (review). On hand to present the film, which serves as a prequel to its three predecessors, were Jason Blum, Robitel and series screenwriter and co-star Leigh Whannell. […]

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Video: Insidious: The Last Key – Two Clips

Two clips have been released online for the next Insidious sequel, The Last Key. Check out one above and the other below the text.

Lin Shaye returns as parapsychologist Dr. Elise Rainier facing her most fearsome and personal haunting in her own family home. Written by co-creator Leigh Whannell, who wrote the Insidious trilogy and directed Chapter 3, The Last Key is directed by newcomer Adam Robitel. Jason Blum, Oren Peli and James Wan are producing.

Check out the clips and let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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Insidious: The Last Key tops our What to Watch weekend preview

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Insidious: The Last Key tops our What to Watch weekend previewInsidious: The Last Key tops our What to Watch weekend previewTanner Zipchen1/5/2018 1:39:00 Pm

This weekend in theatres, I'm excited to see Insidious: The Last Key!

In the supernatural thriller, which welcomes back franchise standout Lin Shaye as Dr. Elise Rainier, the brilliant parapsychologist faces her most fearsome and personal haunting yet: in her own family home.

The film is written by co-creator Leigh Whannell (Saw), who wrote the trilogy and directed Chapter 3; produced by Insidious regulars Jason Blum (The Purge series, Get Out), Oren Peli (Paranormal Activity) and co-creator James Wan (The Conjuring, Furious 7); and directed by series newcomer Adam Robitel (The Taking of Deborah Logan).

For more on this movie, check out my video below and have a great weekend, Movie Lovers!

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Box Office: ‘Insidious: The Last Key’ Unlocks $2 Million on Thursday Night

Box Office: ‘Insidious: The Last Key’ Unlocks $2 Million on Thursday Night
Universal’s “Insidious: The Last Key” launched with a solid $2 million at 2,220 North American sites on Thursday night.

The fourth film in the “Insidious” franchise is expanding to 3,116 domestic locations on Friday, with tracking indicating a weekend opening in the $17 million to $20 million range. The strongest interest is coming from younger audiences — particularly women.

“Insidious: The Last Key” is pegged to finish third behind the fourth weekend of Disney’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” and the third frame of Sony’s “Jumanji,” which will probably be battling for the top spot with around $25 million to $30 million each. “The Last Jedi” has hauled $544.6 million in North America in its first 20 days — becoming the sixth-largest all-time domestic grosser — while “Jumanji” has totaled $202.4 million in 13 days.

Fox’s third weekend of “The Greatest Showman” will likely come in fourth with around $11 million, followed by Universal’s third frame of “Pitch Perfect 3.” Additionally, STXfilms
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Interview: Leigh Whannell on Taking the Insidious Franchise Full Circle for The Last Key

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He’s co-starred in and written all four films in the Insidious series, and he even sat in the directorial seat for the previous sequel, but for The Last Key, Leigh Whannell is taking audiences, and franchise favorite Elise Rainier (Lin Shaye), back to the past, as we get to experience where it all started for our favorite parapsychologist, who must stop a powerful demonic force that once terrorized her as a young girl and is back to wreak more havoc.

At the recent press day for Insidious: The Last Key, Daily Dead had the chance to speak with Whannell about the inspiration behind this latest sequel, and he also discussed his enthusiasm for collaborating with Shaye, and how her involvement has helped transform the successful franchise into something very special.

This is a franchise you've been with now through all four films, in various capacities, and I really love
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Movie Review – Insidious: The Last Key (2018)

Insidious: The Last Key, 2018.

Directed by Adam Robitel.

Starring Lin Shaye, Angus Sampson, Leigh Whannell, Josh Stewart, Caitlin Gerard, Kirk Acevedo, Javier Botet, Bruce Davison, Spencer Locke, Tessa Ferrer, Ava Kolker, Hana Hayes, Marcus Henderson, Rose Byrne, and Patrick Wilson.

Synopsis:

Parapsychologist Dr. Elise Rainier faces her most fearsome and personal haunting yet – in her own family home.

At this point, all I remember about the Insidious franchise are two things: how overrated they are overusing a demon that resembles Darth Maul’s mentally challenged relative as the main source for ineffective scares, and Lin Shaye’s elderly ghostbusting, one-liner wisecracking, courageous Dr. Elise Rainier typically stealing the show from Patrick Wilson and Rose Byrne. Up until Insidious: The Last Key none of the installments has been outright terrible, but writer (and characters creator) Leigh Whannell (most known for collaborating with director James Wan on the first two entries and
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Insidious: The Last Key Review

Adam Robitel’s Insidious: The Last Key fits snugly into James Wan and Leigh Whannell’s ghastly horror franchise, but rarely unlocks its full potential. Scares are ensured – even a few nifty setups that trick and treat to invigorating screams – but an overall story finds itself a bit too preoccupied with existing mythologies. Scenes constantly plug themselves into previous chapters by way of callbacks (like a switchboard operator speedily switching wires), but this means less of a focus on the story at hand. My love for the first three films echoes through multiple dimensions, which makes it even harder to admit that The Last Key is the series’ first stumbling point – no key to my nightmares.

When this new chapter opens, we meet Elise Rainier (Lin Shaye) as a curious child living near a prison where death row inmates are regularly killed. It turns out that her gifts were a
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Leigh Whannell interview - Insidious: The Last Key

Matt Edwards Jan 12, 2018

As Insidious 4 heads into UK cinemas, we've been chatting to the writer behind the series...

For such a friendly guy, Leigh Whannell sure knows how to scare the living daylights out of you.

Whannell rose to prominence writing the twisted slaughterama Saw (which he also co-starred in) and, more recently, the spooktacular Insidious series (which, again, he also acts in). In between, Whanell also found the time to write Donnie Wahlberg starring puppet shocker Dead Silence and zombrat splatstick comedy Cooties (which he again acted in, this time stealing the entire movie with his performance as worrying weirdo Doug).

Having directed the third Insidious, Whannell is back to simply writing, producing and acting in the fourth film, Insidious: The Last Key (what a layabout!). Den Of Geek jumped at the chance to have a chat with him about the film back in November. Here’s how we got on.
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Box Office: ‘Insidious: The Last Key’ Won’t Be Able to Haunt ‘The Last Jedi,’ ‘Jumanji’

Box Office: ‘Insidious: The Last Key’ Won’t Be Able to Haunt ‘The Last Jedi,’ ‘Jumanji’
The first weekend of 2018 will see one new wide release in North America with Universal’s “Insidious: The Last Key” challenging potent holdovers “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” and “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle.”

The fourth film in the “Insidious” franchise is the studio’s latest collaboration with Blumhouse Productions, which delivered a trio of low-cost horror hits last year with “Split,” “Get Out,” and “Happy Death Day.” “Insidious: The Last Key” will launch on Friday at about 3,000 domestic locations with tracking indicating an opening in the $15 million to $18 million range, with younger audiences — particularly women — showing the strongest interest in the film.

That’s likely to place “The Last Key” in third behind the fourth weekend of Disney’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” and the third weekend of Sony’s “Jumanji,” which will probably be battling for first with around $28 million to $30 million each. “The Last Jedi” has grossed $531.5 million domestically in its first 18 days
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