Movie Review: Insidious 4: The Last Key (2018)


Insidious: The Last Key (2018)

Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Director: Adam Robitel

Writer: Leigh Whannell

Starring: Lin Shaye

Opening Thoughts:

The first horror film of the new year tends to suck. Even more bad news is most movie franchises by the fourth film have lost their way and are mere shadows of their former glory. With all this in mind, I was not looking forward to Insidious: The Last Key. The only thing I thought it had going for it was the work of Lin Shaye.  However, the Insidious franchise has provided us with three above-average movies, and the trailer for this film looked quite intense. Just maybe this film would break the first horror film of the year curse.

Plot:  Elise Rainier (Lin Shaye)  finds herself returning to her hometown to face her childhood demons (literally and figuratively).

What I Didn’t Like

All the Insidious/Conjuring/Annabelle films like to focus on family. This movie does this to a great deal. The problem is that it gets hung up on the family aspect and much less on the horror.  Winds up dragging to the movie to a snail’s pace at times.

The trailer was far scarier than this film. I recommend you watch the trailer and skip the film. There isn’t much in the first two-thirds of the film worth mentioning as far as horror.

The whole back and forth from Elise’s childhood may enlighten us to certain aspects, but it can get confusing. There are several storylines here that are touched on but never explained more deeply.

It uses a lot of cliche horror elements. Things you would expect from a lackluster horror film lacking originality and direction.

Much of the acting is subpar with few exceptions.

What I Liked

Lin Shaye is the lead as a 74-year-old woman and she easily is the best aspect of the film.

While I think it was misused, I do think keeping the family element is a worthy cause. It makes it easier to connect with the characters and actually care if they live or die.

The third act I found enjoyable. It has the most amount of action and scares. While it could not rescue this movie, it helped me not loathe it.


Insidious: The Last Key isn’t an abomination to the genre, but it suffers from serious flaws that you would expect by the fourth installment in a franchise. Lin Shaye remains the saving grace in this film along with a decent conclusion. However, this franchise needs to end. Let it rest in peace.

The Ladder:

The Conjuring 2 (2016)

Insidious (2010)

The Conjuring (2013)

Annabelle: Creation (2016)

Insidious 2 (2013)

Insidious 3 (2015)

Insidious 4 (2018)

Annabelle (2014)


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